The World: The North: Unceasing Repression

Despite his penchant for authoritarianism, South Korea's President Park Chung Hee seems positively Jeffersonian compared with his counterpart north of the Demilitarized Zone. No other country can rival North Korea in its thoroughgoing control over every aspect of the lives of its 15 million citizens, or in the total deification of its leader, President Kim Il Sung, 63.

In nearly three decades of totalitarian rule, the Korean Workers' Party (as the Communist Party is called) has eliminated all traces of political opposition and most private property. The state owns and operates all manufacturing...

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