Originally I wanted the subject of this post to be more interesting and lengthy and cover topics other than my personal life, but I have a feeling I won’t get around to doing the necessary research for a few weeks. I hope my next post will be more interesting, but I abstain from any topic commitments so far.
One topic I wanted to write about was based on a conversation I had with some friends at a party about a month ago. After several drinks and a late night, I became wrapped up in a discussion of what would happen if Kim Jung-Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, died tomorrow. As far as I am aware, Kim Jung-Un does not have a direct heir, at least not one of age. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I had thoughts that perhaps the government would perform a massive cover-up or mis-information campaign that would fabricate a noble death and a suddenly discovered heir. Another one of these crackpot theories dreamed up a scenario in which the North Korean military would take direct control over the DPRK. The slightest bit of research revealed an obvious, very important, detail. While in practice, Kim Jung-Un is the leader of the DPRK, in principal, his deceased grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, is still technically the great leader. The reasons for this are many, and involve the extreme totalitarian ideology of North Korea, but I won’t go into detail. This means that ANY of Kim Il-Sung’s relatives, not just his direct descendants, can take over the leadership position, a system analogous to royal monarchy. When that glaring fact is taken into account, the idea of an unstable North Korea in the wake of Kim Jung-Il’s death is a mere phantasm. The grandson of the founder would simply pass the torch to a cousin or nephew. Perhaps if ALL of Kim Il-Sung’s known relatives disappeared or died, then the question would have some merit, but only as an intellectual exercise at best. This research, in addition to the opaqueness of the government, makes any inquiry about North Korea very difficult, reasons for which I have decided not write on the totalitarian state. I may write a book review of Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim, but that will have to wait until later.
This is where I will stop for now. Nyquil is starting to kick in and I’m getting very tired, so I am going to go lay down and read. Thank you for dropping by and letting me ramble.