Remember when I said that Authoritarian Regimes were, in fact, not good?
I hope you do, since it was yesterday.
And remember how I said
Wait doesn’t the government “impose controls over freedom of expression and ability of citizens to organize to make demands”. How would they tell us if they hated their government, if their government doesn’t allow them freedom of expression or the ability to organize?
Yeah, so if you needed more proof of this, as in actual current events, here you go.
(NewsCore) – Following the mourning period for former leader Kim Jong Il, North Korean authorities have begun to punish citizens who did not display enough sadness at his death, The Daily NK reported Wednesday.
The Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea and run by opponents of the North Korean government, said it had learned from a source in North Hamkyung Province that, “The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.”
Daily NK also said that the source reported that those critical of the country’s dynastic system – which saw Kim replaced by his son Kim Jong Eun – were being sent to re-education camps or banished with their families to remote areas.
So apparently, this is the conversation that is going on between the police and those that didn’t cry enough or act genuinely sad.
*Police: I don’t think you cried enough tears for the passing of our beloved leader. How much did you cry?
Citizen: One gallon! Look I collected it for you. *holds up gallon milk container*
Police: Two gallons is the minimum!
Citizen: But I have dry eye!
Police: NO EXCUSES! WE ARE SHIPPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO A PRISON!
So authoritarian regimes are good right? I mean of course you need your government to tell you that you must mourn the death of your leader, no matter how insane/corrupt he was, and tell you how much you must mourn and whether or not you looked sincere when you were crying into your handkerchief at his funeral procession.
Yup, that sounds exactly like the kind of society I want to live in.