Sunday, January 4, 2015

Some Tips For The North Korean Defector

By Chris Rossini

Mashable reports:
A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony's The Interview toward North Korea to try to break down what he considers a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong-un. [...]

"North Korea's absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down," Park said by telephone.
Ok...While it's not easy to fault someone who has defected from a prison camp, and who wants to change things for the better, I do want to point out some strategic errors here.

First, it's never the person (i.e., the tyrant, the dictator, the President, etc.) Rather it's the ideas and beliefs that are held by the victims. In this case, the main issue is not Kim Jong-un. He's just the flavor of the day. After him, there's surely a long and endless line of tyrants that would fill his void.

If the dominant idea held by the North Korean people is that they must be ruled, yearn to be ruled, and despise any other alternative, then the crumbling of Kim Jong-un idolization will mean nothing. They'll just idolize someone else.

People in the United States suffer from a similar dilemma. Americans are ruled by rotating tyrants. The idea was accepted that if the tyrants serve a term of 4-8 years, that this is somehow superior to it just being one person. Every new American tyrant is idolized at first, with tears and incense, while the tyrant whose term is coming to an end is cursed as a bum. Americans are like a dog that returns to his own vomit.

Once again, the key is the ideas, not the people who rotate in and out to fleece the public. If the North Korean defector wanted to really change his former country, he wouldn't be balloon dropping a Seth Rogen movie, but copies of For a New Liberty! While he's at it, he should balloon drop copies over the United States as well! Liberty is on a respirator here, and the rotating tyrants are tripping over themselves to pull the plug.

What if North Koreans (and Americans) no longer believed that they should have a boot over their throats? What if they believed that no man may use aggressive force against anyone else? That no man could kill with immunity. That no man could steal with immunity.

Now you're talking about positive change, without a cult of personality, and without idolization. There's a reason why Ron Paul would say over and over that it's not about him. People are quick to look for a new idol. But he stressed that he's just one of many messengers of an idea. The idea of Liberty. No leaders to bow to, to obey, or to idolize.

As tempting as it is to hate and focus on the tyrant of the day, they're not where the focus should reside. The focus should be on the dominant ideas that are held by the victimized masses.

Chris Rossini is author of Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal Reserve. Follow @chrisrossini on Twitter.


  1. When was For A New Liberty translated into Korean? :-)

  2. CR - couldn't agree more with you regarding the appropriate target. But if you think the "victimized masses" will change their minds and embrace liberty after exposure to liberty promoting books like For A New Liberty (one of my personal favorites), then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd be glad to sell to you.

    1. It's not for the masses: it's for the Remnant. Same as anywhere.

  3. A DVD is no good without a DVD player and electricity. North Korea seems to lack both.