One of the first critical inside views of North Korea is now available at
An Inside View of
Totalitarianism and Leader Cult
by Horst Kurnitzky
account is the result of a trip to the People’s Republic of Korea in early 1971. The author
spent a month there on invitation of the North Korean government, to
report, as one of the first journalists from the West, on the communist
wonderland, already in those days shielded off from the world at large.
It was a time when in Europe, as well as in
America, diverse Maoist groups believed that they
could learn from “the Great Leader and Helmsman Mao”
and his small Korean “brother” Kim Il Sung how to
counter hunger and squalor in the Third World.
In the face of unrestrained capitalist exploitation and the misery in
the Third World, it was no wonder that
authoritarian youths, and some who were no longer so young, were again
looking for Leader figures, who should deliver the world. One of these
was Kim Il-Sung. His books were read in the
universities in the West and used by communist groups as propaganda
material. It was precisely because almost nothing was known about North Korea that his example could
work so radiantly in the minds of unknowing paradise searchers.
In the time which has gone by, except for a lot of squandered cement and
steel, which transformed the façade of the country, while the rest of
industry that North Korea once had, is today apparently reduced to
missile and atomic armament, the account of the frozen up Leader state,
so conserved over the years, has lost none of its relevance.
choice of the sexual object has regressed to identification with the
Leader, for he is the institution loved by all, while all believe
themselves to be loved by him. This illusion arises out of the
repression of sexual aspirations and constitutes the basis for the
idealization of the Leader, who, as the object of love, is also free
from any criticism.”
author is a German philosopher, anthropologist and essayist, who divides
his time between Berlin and Mexico City. Among other books, he is the
author of The Instinct Structure
of Money, The Sacred Market and
The Uncivilized Civilization.
Chollima Korea: An Inside View of
Totalitarianism and Leader Cult, 71 pages, 35 illustrations, 6.00" x
9.00", black and white, Paperback,
Lulu Press Inc. 2007, € 9.02.
Here you can
read chapter 2: The Leader