Inside the North Korean elite


A defector who used to work in the propaganda department tells it how it was.

After we met, Kim Jong-il asked his aides to take care of me and afterwards I received special treatment – the kind of benefits unavailable to normal citizens. Once you have met him in person, you can’t even be prosecuted in court without a special signing off.

For privileged, higher class, citizens there are three types of rations – a daily ration, a three day ration and a weekly ration. The state calculates everything a person needs in daily life, the amount of vitamins, calories, the kind of food you need to eat and so on. The daily ration is the highest, I received a weekly ration which was still very lavish.

The state calculates exactly what you need???

Yeck.

And, yes. Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others. Go socialism!

/sarc

Read on.

Radio interview here.

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  1. Hi,
    That is a really good article, but so very, very sad. It really makes you want to do something to try and help these people.
    I also read about the women that was selling her daughter, it was just to the right of the main article. Of course a lot of these people don’t even know what life is like outside North Korea.

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