North Korea: development of national capitalism

North Korea: development of national capitalism

Should the proletarians take part in the conflict opposing North Korea to the United States, Japan, and South Korea? Definitely NOT, since to get involved in supporting one or another of both sides in contention is to respond to an inter-capitalist conflict which is alien to our historical interests as an exploited class. The revolution we need to destroy Capital cannot in any way go via supporting any national State.

The official ideology of the Democratic Popular of Korea (DPRK), i.e. “Juche”, is based on Marxism-Leninism (ideology created by Stalin), spiced up with an anthropocentric philosophy, national mysticism and “Songun” (giving a central priority to militarism). All these principles are constructed and intertwined from a religious and paternalistic rhetoric.

Behind the whole fetishist spectacle of the hammer and sickle that prevailed in the so-called socialist countries, where numerous party leaders, deputies and presidents roared from their tribunes (decorated with red flags) speeches “against imperialism”, “against capitalism” or “in favor of armed struggle”, they vehemently exalted and gave victory to the very mechanisms, ideologies and structures that compose the society of Capital: homeland, nation, culture, work, school, progress, development, industry, army, family… democracy! This formula is repeated again in the North Korea.

North Korea did not at all disturb the structure of the generalized mercantile society, since there was no revolution, but only a change consisting of reforms in the distribution and management of Capital by the State.

Kim Jong Il justifies capitalism while “arguing” that “the socialist State needs to be involved in foreign trade, given the condition that communism didn’t yet triumph on a planetary scale and there are boundaries”. Nevertheless, a system that fervently defends nationalism is in complete opposition to any attempt and perspective of world revolution.

The “internationalism” which the DPRK leaders refer to is a loophole of the Third International, since it is based on diplomacy, cooperation and solidarity between States, which has nothing to do with the proletariat’s interest in the world revolution. The fact is that’s not far from the conception of the United Nations, that is to say of internationalism understood as the sum of nationalisms that have respect for each other and that converge in blocks and alliances to strengthen capitalism.

The radical critique of Capital unequivocally affirms that the DPRK is a capitalist bastion as any other country on the globe.So it is important to clarify this fact and to fight the ideological amalgam that materializes through all the Social-Democratic and pseudo-“communist” parties that pretend to drive us to the eternal quagmire of the defense of the national Capital and its progress, together with the meager imperialist war.


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