I am wondering if you could explain the Juche Idea to me in a little more depth than what available on the internet. Or perhaps a really good website or video? I know the basics of it, the self reliance to avoid dependence on other countries and to become a strong, self sufficient state, but it sounds better than I thought it would, as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist who subscribes to individuality. Thanks in advance comrade!
Although the first documented mention of Juche is from 1955, the idea itself began taking its roots around 1930 at a meeting of leading personnel of the Young Communist League and the Anti-Imperialist Youth League held in Kalun. President Kim Il Sung – a prominent figure in the revolutionary struggle against the Japanese occupation of Korea – began drafting a series of starting points based on his experience and the lessons learned from the meeting:
- The master of revolution is the popular masses and revolution can only emerge victorious when they are educated, organised, and mobilised.
A revolution should be carried out according to one’s faith and on one’s own responsibility, not with someone’s approval or directive.
All problems that arise in the revolution must be handled in an independent, and creative way.
Chairman Kim Jong Il would later develop these into what is known today as the Juche idea. In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea the Juche idea is an ideological extension (or continuation) to Marxism-Leninism that is primarily concerned with the laws of social movement, and the development of socialist ideology under a socialist socio-economic system.
It would be wrong to argue that the Juche idea is the application of Marxism-Leninism to the social and material conditions of the DPRK – rather this was an ideological and philosophical development that was born out of the trials and errors in implementing Marxism-Leninism in the DPRK. With the socialist camp being split apart due to factionalism, great power chauvinism, dogmatism, and revisionism coming from the U.S.S.R., Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il interpreted these as shortcomings (limitations) of Marxism-Leninism in addressing socio-ideological problems that arise in a society under the dictatorship of the proletariat.
The Juche idea can be divided into four principles:
Trump approved payment of $2 million bill for North Korea care of Warmbier: report:
The Post said an invoice was handed to State Department envoy Joseph
Yun hours before Warmbier, 22, was flown out of Pyongyang in a coma on
June 13, 2017. Warmbier died six days later.
Yun, when asked for comment, said in an email “I cannot comment/confirm on diplomatic exchanges”.
U.S. envoy, who was sent to retrieve Warmbier, signed an agreement to
pay the medical bill on instructions passed down from Trump, the Post
reported, citing two unidentified people familiar with the situation.
do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so
successful during this administration,” White House spokeswoman Sarah
Sanders told Reuters.
The bill was sent to the Treasury
Department and remained unpaid through 2017, the Post reported. It was
not known if the administration later paid the bill.
U.S. arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain:
Christopher Ahn was arrested on Thursday and appeared on Friday in
federal court in Los Angeles, according to a law enforcement official
and a source close to the group.
In a related development, armed
U.S. federal agents on Thursday raided the apartment of Adrian Hong,
leader of Cheolima Civil Defense, a group seeking the overthrow of North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un that is blamed for the Feb. 22 embassy raid, a
person close to the group said without providing more details. Hong was
not present at his residence when the raid occurred, the source said.
The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment.
group of at least 10 people stormed into the embassy, restrained and
physically beat some personnel and held them hostage for hours before
fleeing, according to a Spanish court.
Spanish investigators have
said the intruders removed computers and hard drives from the embassy
before fleeing to the United States, where they handed over the material
to the FBI.
Spanish judicial source said this week the material had been returned
by Spanish authorities to Pyongyang’s mission after being returned two
weeks previously by the FBI to the Spanish court investigating the raid.