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Dalrymple in North Korea

The DPRK: the ne plus ultra of contemporary political deformity (before, that is, the epidemic of Islamism)

Footage of an apparently uniformed doctor-writer from about 31:18 and again from about 32:32 (at which he point he is holding a camera).

Dalrymple is seen looking upon the spectacle with, to put it mildly, some scepticism. Among the speakers is Robert Mugabe. We know that later in the proceedings Dalrymple refused to stand or applaud at the appearance of the Dear Leader: ‘There I sat; I could do no other.’ The doctor-writer had succeeded in embedding himself in the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students.

Footage found on YouTube by Yakimi of the Skeptical Doctor site.

 

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Compared with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dalrymple tells an interviewer, even Hoxha’s People’s Socialist Republic seemed a paradise.

Surely no human existence can be as empty of meaning as this

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-28-10From time to time Dalrymple receives invitations to attend conferences on something called medical leadership. The invitations ask,

Do you want to be a leader?

The answer, in Dalrymple’s case, is

No.

The latest conference on medical leadership, Dalrymple reports,

has 80 speakers and lasts three days. The organisers seem to believe that the longer the conference and the larger the number of speakers on so patently dull a subject, the more impressive it is, no doubt in the way that a big box of chocolates impresses a greedy person more than a small one. All things considered, I’d rather stay at home and read the collected works of Kim Il-sung.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-25-28Dalrymple looks at the biographical details of a couple of the speakers, taken from the list at random.

Mr R.

is founding Director of Harthill Consulting. His extensive practitioner background includes working with senior leaders from organisations such as Fujitsu, Danone, Shell, Hewlett Packard, Volvo, Eli Lilly and Microsoft. Co-author of HBR’s award-winning article ‘Seven Transformations of Leadership’ (April 2005) it has since consistently been named as one of HBR’s ‘Top 10 Must Reads’ on Leadership. He recently co-authored and contributed to the large-scale 2015 PwC study on leader transformation and retention. His expertise is exploring leadership as a process of evolving ‘wisdom’ — enabling individuals to integrate discernment, courage, power and compassion.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-31-37Ms A.-M.

is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Chief Executive of Real World Group (a University of Leeds spin-out company). She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Business and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland. She has been working with Real World Group for the past 15 years, supporting leadership development with both individuals and groups up to Board level globally. She has a particular passion for a focus on positive psychology and diversity & inclusion in leadership. She has helped establish Real World Group’s approach to Engaging Leadership, based on uniquely proven research involving tens of thousands of people across the world, and has authored or co-authored most of Real World Group’s diagnostic instruments. The research she has been involved with has established the common sense but often missing behaviours that distinguish leaders from managers, and effective leadership among teams and organisations. They are factors that drive productivity in a sustainable way, even when resources are diminishing. As a result of her research and experience in working with organisations, she has been invited to speak at international and national conferences, and consults on behalf of Real World Group with organisations from the UK, North America, South East Asia and the wider Asia Pacific region. She has worked extensively in Higher Education, including at leading Universities and with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She has authored and co-authored a number of articles in practitioner and peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters in academic books by leading publishers on leaders’ career development. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Group of the government sponsored Engage For Success movement (www.engageforsuccess.org) and the editorial committee of the International Congress on Leadership, Management and Governance. She has an MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of London, Birkbeck College and an MSc in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-22-57In case, says Dalrymple, the above

should be insufficiently enticing to prospective attendees,

it is explained why they should attend the conference:

Be a part of the first Leaders in Healthcare conference, which will bring together both the future generation and most senior of healthcare professionals and managers. The event aims to focus on the leadership challenges all nations face in healthcare to improve the care we deliver for our patients. Learn about and be part of widespread discussions including standards, professionalism and the opportunity for a step change in quality, the leadership challenges facing healthcare on a national and international scale and how we, as a profession, will face these, and contemporary leadership theory from international experts. Attend interactive workshops and hear from inspiring speakers exploring the essentials of what you need to know to continually grow your leaderships skills, how innovation in healthcare can change the way we work, and how medical education can improve leadership, clinical performance and patient safety. Represent the voice of medical students by planning your leadership skills development at an early stage of your career. Explore sessions to understand the essentials of leadership and how to take charge of your own development, and network with peers and senior medical leaders. Develop essential skills for being an effective leader who can motivate and inspire others in the team, influence the way care is given, ensuring it is high quality, compassionate and responds to individual needs, and network with the full spectrum of healthcare leaders from all professional backgrounds. Network with a broad range of healthcare professionals, develop a shared understanding of what good leadership is and how working together can benefit service delivery and patient care, consider how we can encourage greater involvement of healthcare professionals, service users, communities and the general public in shaping healthcare services that are fit for purpose, and network in a unique multi-professional healthcare leadership event embracing all levels and sectors. Leaders in Healthcare 2016 welcomes other professionals who share our passion for excellence in leadership and management.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-38-20After reading a few lines of such prose, Dalrymple’s mind

goes fuzzy as if I were suffering from a hangover, or as if an almost physical shutter comes down in my brain, just as it does on reading a paragraph of Kim Il-sung. The prose destroys my capacity, even my will, to concentrate or fix my mind on anything. My remaining thoughts are fleeting and desultory: ‘Can anyone really have a passion for diversity and inclusion in leadership?’ or ‘What can the life of someone who does have such a passion be like?’ I try to imagine it, but nothing comes to mind. Surely no human existence could be as empty of meaning as that.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-23-09Then Dalrymple begins to wonder what Alexander the Great or Napoleon would have made of the conference on leadership.

Would they have been able to reach a shared understanding of what good leadership is? If Alexander had only been better able to integrate compassion into his discernment, courage, and power, would he have found new worlds to conquer? If Napoleon had learned about leader transformation, would he have crowned himself emperor earlier in his career than he did?

Who would pay good money for such a conference?

The taxpayer. He would not attend the conference himself, of course, but he would pay for employees to attend it who needed or desired a three-day break from their work in a public hospital or as part of their mandatory continuing professional development. He would also pay the fees of the speakers, some of them flown in from distant lands.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-40-36The attendees, Dalrymple notes, would learn about something called lean management, one definition of which is as follows:

If someone tells you that ‘lean management is this’ and not something else, if someone puts it in a box and ties a bow around it and presents it in a neat package with four walls around it, then that someone knows not of what they speak. Why? Because it is in motion and not a framed picture hanging on the wall. It is a melody, a rhythm, and not a single note.

This, says Dalrymple, is

the mysticism of apparatchiks, the romanticism of bureaucrats, the poetry of clerks. From my limited observations of management in public hospitals and other parts of the public health care system, it seeks to be not lean, in the commonly used sense of the word, but fat, indeed as fat as possible; nor are large private institutions very much different.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-43-08We have entered, writes Dalrymple,

gradually and without any central direction or decree, a golden age of langue de bois or of Newspeak. Langue de bois is the pompous, vague, and abstract words that have some kind of connotation but no real denotation used by those who have to hide their real motives and activities by a smokescreen of scientific- or benevolent-sounding verbiage. Newspeak is the language in Nineteen Eighty-Four whose object is to limit human minds to a few simple politically permissible thoughts, excluding all others, and making doublethink — the frictionless assent to incompatible propositions—part of everyday mentation.

Langue de bois and Newspeak

are no longer languages into which normal thought must be translated; rather they have become the languages in which thought itself, or rather cerebral activity, takes place, at least in the upper echelons of the bureaucracy that rules us. If you ask someone who speaks either of them to translate what he has said or written into normal language, it is more than likely he will be unable to do so: His translation will be indistinguishable from the words translated.

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-13-49-41It is therefore clear that,

where culture is concerned, the Soviet Union scored a decisive and probably irreversible victory in the Cold War.

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Flughafen Gatwick: Gott helfe mir!

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A man’s got to eat

Hier esse ich, ich kann nicht anders

Dalrymple passes through Gatwick Airport, which, he explains,

is just south of London, and is the place from which the enormously fat people of that area start out on their summer holidays.

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Early-morning repast

Different rock music

comes at you from every angle, jangling your nerves. If we must have inescapable sound, I should much prefer it to be the speeches of Kim Il-sung because they are easier to screen out of one’s ears. Announcements of special offers for fragrances exclusive to Gatwick compete with requests that passenger X go to gate 539 to join his flight to some fishing-village-on-the-Mediterranean–turned–giant-nightclub-and-drug-distribution-centre.

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Preferable to rock-music drivel

The only silent people are

the behemoths of South London grazing on their early-morning hamburgers. If Luther were alive today and a South Londoner, he would pin not ‘Here I stand, I can do no other’ to the doors of the Wittenberg Schlosskirche but ‘Here I eat, I can do no other.’

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Dalrympian fallibility

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Kim Il-sung was a full-on Marxist-Leninist by the age of eight

Even in the face of facts that contradict them,

I am reluctant to give up my cherished beliefs,

says Dalrymple.

I do on occasion change my mind about something, but slowly, and usually without acknowledging that I have done so. I prefer to think that the opinion I now hold is the opinion I have held all my life, rather as Kim Il-sung emerged…as a fully-fledged…Marxist-Leninist…by the age of eight. To acknowledge that one has changed one’s mind about something is to admit…the possibility that if one was wrong before, one might be wrong again. And in our hearts we know that we are always right.

North Korea’s good name besmirched

Integrity: the London School of Economics

Integrity: the London School of Economics

Bestial Dalrymple and BBC Sweeney filth used LSE youth cadres as shield

The London School of Economics was a loyal, steadfast friend to the late Muammar Gaddafi, leader of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and a humanitarian celebrated for his generosity of spirit (in relation to the LSE’s bank account) and love of the young (especially of young women and girls).

The LSE, while of course revering Muammar Gaddafi, had with the great Arab leader at the same time a warm, comradely friendship, referring to him always, affectionately, as ‘Brother Leader’.

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North Africa’s Norway

The LSE has been a dear friend also to statesman and leading intellectual Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. The LSE professor Anthony Giddens — who made at least two important trips to Libya as a guest of Muammar Gaddafi — has described Gaddafi fils as ‘a driving force behind the rehabilitation and potential modernisation of Libya’. The learned professor also predicted wisely that Libya was highly likely to emerge as what he called ‘the Norway of North Africa’.

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Giddens: guest of Gaddafi

Deep liberal values

The LSE’s David Held has also been full of praise for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, saying: ‘I have come to know him very well and I must say I have come to like him a great deal….Saif is committed to resolving contentious international and domestic issues through dialogue, debate and peaceful negotiations….I’ve come to know Saif as someone who looks to democracy, civil society and deep liberal values for the core of his inspiration.’

And the LSE, this far-sighted and august institution of the higher learning, which is a byword for integrity, has bravely given support over the years not just to men such as these but to numberless other important world statesmen, thinkers, anti-Zionists, socialists, Arab liberationists and strivers for world peace.

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Ideological errors: the British state broadcaster

The LSE has above all never stinted in its support for the people’s democracies and in its opposition to the imperialist class opponent.

Shock

Imagine, then, the hurt and outrage the LSE must be feeling over the recent actions — of unparalleled foulness — of the British state broadcaster.

Gaddafi: love of the young

Gaddafi: love of the young

The BBC propagandists used to be reliably supportive of the people’s democracies and champions of international peace. No longer. In the ideological war, they have gone over to the other side. They have joined the ranks of imperialist media.

Filth

A rogue BBC bourgeois deviationist, fat, coarse, grimacing, malodorous, hypocrital, halitotic imperialist John Sweeney, a vanguard BBC Panorama propaganda operative, alongside two other unscrupulous BBC agents, appears to have succeeded in ’embedding’ himself in a delegation of innocent LSE students. The unwitting youths were on a friendship visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The Sweeney gang, the LSE reveals in dismay and sadness, decided it would be an enjoyable bourgeois-decadent dinner-party wheeze to gamble with the lives of the LSE’s young pioneers, not to mention the lives of the officials of the Democratic People’s Republic who were graciously escorting both the BBC spies (for that is what it has emerged they were) and the student comrades.

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The swine Sweeney: snarl of the imperialist demon

Despite their openly bourgeois attitude, their palpably disagreeable personalities, their manifold ideological errors and their problems with personal hygiene and comportment, the BBC imposters were guided through the Democratic People’s Republic with courtesy and great good humour, and accorded the same privileges as the LSE youth cadres. The counter-revolutionaries were enabled to visit busy and active collective farms, modern hospitals and humming factories.

These representatives of plutocracy were vouchsafed the rare privilege — a privilege that when granted to citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic induces nothing less than ecstasy and elation — of viewing a trio of beautifully maintained monuments:

  • the monument to the Great Leader and Eternal President of the Republic Kim Il-sung
  • the monument to the Dear Leader and Eternal General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Jong-il
  • the monument to the Great Successor and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un
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The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya: loyal support, in good times and bad, from the London School of Economics

The foreign guests, welcomed so warmly into the grand Korean socialist home, were accommodated in a lavishly appointed hotel that offered hot and cold running water, squat-toilets, bedsheets, mini-Kim Il-sung museum and many other amenities considered luxuries in the Democratic People’s Republic — food, for instance.

The result of the unforgivable subterfuge on the part of the BBC filth was the lying, stinkingly fascist documentary Panorama: North Korea Undercover  (another link here).

This travesty was, needless to say, a world away from the sort of rigorous and credible commentary and analysis that you will find on the subject, say, of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and penned by certain prominent and highly respected LSE authorities such as Saif al-Islam Gaddafi or Meghnad Desai.

Dear Leader of a gentle land

Dear Leader: traduced

The BBC documentary utterly failed to do justice to the complexities of the Korean issue or to bring out the challenges facing the Democratic People’s Republic.

Let us be clear about the DPRK. It is a gentle land of well-fed, happy and fulfilled workers and farmers, something of a paragon among the Asian nations.

It surely merits sympathy, and the BBC was formerly never less than sympathetic to the people’s democracies of the East as well as to the great Arab republics and to European friends such as the GDR. The DPRK deserves understanding rather than mocking and scoffing at this difficult time in its long history of struggle for independence and democracy and against imperialism and oppression.

All the DPRK is asking is give people’s democracy a chance.

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: history of goodwill

In the people’s republics and in the LSE alike, the stench of these BBC lies has excited retching disgust. Everywhere in the Democratic People’s Republic, in collective farms, in the people’s factories, in the pretty squares and delightful parks that characterise the lovely northern part of Korea, in the country’s charming socialist bistros and cafés, you will see little groups of people meeting together spontaneously to give vent to their outrage and barely controlled fury at what the BBC reactionaries have done. Friendship on the part of the Democratic People’s Republic has, to put it mildly, been rewarded by ingratitude, impertinence and egregious untruths.

What right has the BBC to malign the DPRK, which has given its all for peace? What right do the British propagandists have to attack so maliciously the DPRK’s everlasting Great Leader, her sempiternal Dear Leader and incarnation of actually existing socialism Great Successor, her party and state leaders, and to seek to interfere with her humane and necessary internal security practices and procedures?

Humanitarianism

Saif: influential scholar

Saif: influential scholar

The LSE has always made an effort to get on well with all representatives of the people’s democracies – such as, for instance, the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Influential scholar Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who like his late father is a man of deep liberal values, has been good enough to favour the LSE, over several years, with his energy, humanitarianism, searching ideas, originality, intellectual rigour and love of peace.

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Meghnad Desai: institutional ethics

When the notification came through that the LSE was to have the honour of playing a small, suitably humble though not insignificant rôle in the education of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, all agreed that this was the greatest honour bestowed upon the LSE in its starred history. There was rejoicing not only in the halls of the LSE but throughout Europe, especially among the continent’s workers and intellectuals.

Through his signal merits — his work The role of civil society in the democratisation of global governance institutions: from ‘soft power’ to collective decision-making is widely regarded as one of the most important contributions to the subject of the last 40 years — Saif al-Islam Gaddafi needless to say received the LSE’s highest academic accolades, enriching the institution’s authority and reputation, and greatly enhancing the scholarly credibility of its research programmes in the area of democracy.

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Held and Davies with their idol

Institutional Ethics 101

Despite his full diary and many commitments — his labours in reforming Libya have been unceasing — Saif al-Islam Gaddafi also found time while at the LSE for lecturing work, teaching a course in Institutional Ethics to a select group of students including David Held, Meghnad Desai, Joseph Nye, Anthony McGrew, George Joffe, Nancy Cartwright, Bruce J. Allyn, Howard Davies, Francis Terry, Flora Rose and Omran Bukhres. (Saif al-Islam Gaddafi admits regretfully that it took some time for these students to grasp some of the elementary principles of Institutional Ethics 101, concepts that even undergraduates or pupils still at school would have few difficulties with.)

No wonder the LSE is so embarrassed and aggrieved by the enormity that has been perpetrated upon another of the people’s democracies, the Korean Democratic People’s Republic, by the British state propagandists.

Jus primae noctis

Dalrymple: bourgeois decadence

Dalrymple: priapic reactionary quack

Use of camouflage in this way is not, of course, new.

There is this mercenary English bourgeois reactionary doctor-scribbler Theodore Dalrymple who has, in his wretched running-dog essays and hack journalism, betrayed utterly his dear late father’s communist ideals.

A doctor, yes; but he has not been able to heal himself, suffering as he is the western disease of shallow, wretched materialism that courses through his body and mind. The plutocrat Dalrymple will write for any capitalist rag on any subject you please as long as he is paid richly, so as to be able to maintain his English and French mansions with their phalanxes of servants, where this oversexed quack regularly and gleefully exercises the feudal droit du seigneur.

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 07.58.09The sinister, ruthless Dalrymple is a psychiatrist. In the people’s democracies, psychiatry has always been a highly regarded profession, for psychiatrists play a vital rôle alongside security personnel in re-educating those unfortunate victims of false consciousness — those who act perversely against their class interest by entertaining ideologically incorrect views and who are crying out for instruction, guidance, help of the euthanasian kind, etc.

Yet this Dalrymple psychiatrist is a disgrace to his profession. This fascist octopus shamelessly exploited a group of blameless students when, in exactly the manner of the BBC Sweeney filth, he used them as human cover during a visit to the Democratic People’s Republic.

Forever night: the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students was held in Pyongyang in 1989. By use of make-up and other means, the spy Dalrymple, though aged 40 at the time, managed to pass himself off as a student and attended as a delegate

Forever night: the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students was held in Pyongyang in 1989. By use of make-up and other means, the spy Dalrymple, though aged 40 at the time, managed to pass himself off as a student and attended as a delegate

The sickening Dalrymple embedded himself in a delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students run by the World Federation of Democratic Youth, which was then being held in Pyongyang.

What was Dalrymple’s purpose? This remains unclear. Possibly it was to foment illegal emigration from the republic. The scheming, scandalous Dalrymple, who in his personal life epitomises bourgeois decadence, later admitted the deception laughingly:

I was accepted as a member of the delegation because [guffaws] I was a doctor who had practised in Tanzania, whose first president Julius Nyerere was a close friend and admirer of Kim Il-sung.

Dalrymple also delivered himself of certain uncharitable observations about his fellow delegates to the Democratic People’s Republic. For instance, there is this comment about a female cadre:

A young woman of clearly middle-class origin, who wore only black shapeless clothes and had owlish round spectacles, [announced that] she was…shocked how…people who called themselves caring could eat meat. She was a person of very definite opinions, including a rather poor one of the male sex in general: when she signed her name, she appended a cross to the ‘o’ it contained, to turn it into the biological symbol for female.

Here is how a couple of male cadres are described:

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 09.53.35They were hard-faced communists, who dressed tough and cut their hair short so that their heads should appear as bony as possible. I overheard one of them describing a demonstration he had attended in England, in which there had also been a member of Amnesty International with a placard. ‘I went up to him and said, “I don’t believe in that bourgeois shit,” and he said, “Do you think political prisoners should be tortured and killed, then?” “Too fucking right, I do,” I said.’ The person to whom he related this charming little exchange laughed. What I found frightening about the pair of them was that their faces were contorted with hatred even as they laughed, and when they talked of killing political prisoners they meant it. They were members of a little communist groupuscule for whom Stalin was a god, not in spite of his crimes but because of them.

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Lies

Perfidy

Dalrymple appears to approve of the gross discourtesy of certain Scandinavian guests:

The Scandinavians, to my great admiration, unfurled two banners, one asking why Amnesty International was not permitted to investigate conditions in North Korea…and another expressing solidarity with the Chinese pro­-democracy students who had…been massacred in Tiananmen Square. Later, when the Scandinavian marchers returned to the body of the stadium, scuffles broke out as security men tried to wrest the banners away. A few of the Scandinavians were punched and kicked….When these scuffles broke out, I overheard some of my fellow delegates, the hard-faced communists, express a willingness, indeed an anxiety, to join in – on the side of the North Koreans, ‘to beat the shit out of them’. Discussing among themselves the famous scene when the single student (since executed) stood in front of the column of tanks in Peking and held them up by moral force alone, one of them remarked that if he had been the tank driver he would have driven ‘straight over the bastard and squashed him’. And his face showed that he meant what he said.

Shamelessness

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Deceit

Dalrymple himself is gratuitously rude to his Korean hosts, refusing to stand for the entry of the Eternal President (then more active than he is today) and insolently mouthing a version of Luther’s Hier stehe ich und kann nicht anders! Gott helfe mir, Amen!

The foreigners, caught up in the atmosphere of hysterical self-abasement, stood up and applauded as if to save their lives. I am not by nature brave, or even unconventional, yet in the moment of Kim Il-sung’s entry I decided that I would not stand, not if everyone in the stadium should hurl abuse at me, not even if I were to be threatened with torture or death itself. I was so appalled by the sight and sound of 200,000 men and women worshipping a fellow mortal, totally abdicating their humanity, that I do not think I am exaggerating when I say I should rather have died than assent to this monstrous evil by standing (my mother was a refugee from Nazi Germany). There I sat; I could do no other. The terrible obedience of the crowd, uncoerced at least in the immediate sense, indicated the power of the regime, a power that seemed absolute and limitless, that had entered the very recesses of minds, that had eradicated any countervailing force. Yet the power that was so strong was also brittle. It would only have taken 10,000 people not to have stood up for Kim Il Sung when he entered the stadium – the omission of one small act of obedience – and his power and mystique would have snapped like a twig, to remain broken and irrecoverable. My refusal to stand was but a feeble, isolated gesture; but a tiny crystal thrown into a sea of saturated solution can cause an immense precipitate, and one day such a thing will happen in North Korea and everyone, wise after the event, will marvel that it didn’t happen sooner.
Dr Theodore Dalrymple: imperialist running dog

Dr Theodore Dalrymple: imperialist running dog

The result of Dalrymple’s trip of treachery is his chapter on the Democratic People’s Republic in his 1991 work The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World (also published as Utopias Elsewhere).

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has rightly acted to ensure that this Dalrympian ordure cannot be spread further, and you will not find The Wilder Shores of Marx on sale in any of the many reputable booksellers of Pyongyang.

Prophylactic bulwark

The Democratic People’s Republic has also taken certain anti-fascist prophylactic measures to ensure that the likes of Sweeney and Dalrymple are henceforth denied entry to the country.

The republic must guard against the Dalrympian and Sweeneyish ideological syphilis.

Locked up in that foetid capitalist-materialist putocratic prison for so long, the howling fascist hyenas Dalrymple and Sweeney were mercifully released into a properly democratic and socialist republic — and they stifled their own best chance to breathe fresh air. What can you do with people like that?

Stop! Refugees from prosperity not welcome in North Korea

Stop! Refugees from prosperity not welcome in North Korea

The imperialist pair are barred. However often the despicable Dalrymple-Sweeney duo may try to slide in, and however often they may plead to return to this exemplary, peace-loving workers’ and peasants’ democracy, they will not be admitted. For an antiDalrymple antiSweeney bulwark has — with regret — had to be constructed. Border security has been tightened.

How many divisions have Dalrymple and Sweeney? It is not known for sure, but the Korean people’s forces stand ready. Struggle will be waged relentlessly, fanatically, against class enemies such as these.

The DPRK is the only place, if Sweeney and Dalrymple are honest with themselves, where they have ever been truly happy or at peace; this is where they really want to be. But it is too late. This pair of fascist rogues will never be readmitted. The mighty Korean people’s democracy, usually so gentle, has been roused. This vermin will ever be unwelcome in the DPRK.

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The Britons to whom Stalin was and is a god

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E.J. Hobsbawm: awarded the CH for services to Stalin apologetics

What are they like, the apologists for tyranny, the supporters of Mao or Hitler or Stalin, the defenders of the gulag, the enemies of a free and open society, the admirers of terror and genocide, the ones who want to see what Orwell called the ‘boot stamping on a human face — forever’? What are creatures like Eric Hobsbawm really like?

Dalrymple brings out some of their attributes in the course of an account of a visit to North Korea as part of a delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students.

I was accepted as a member [of the delegation] because…I was a doctor who had practised in Tanzania, whose first president Julius Nyerere was a close friend and admirer of Kim Il Sung.

He describes some of the delegates.

They were hard-faced communists, who dressed tough and cut their hair short so that their heads should appear as bony as possible. I overheard one of them describing a demonstration he had attended in England, in which there had also been a member of Amnesty International with a placard.

‘I went up to him and said, “I don’t believe in that bourgeois shit.” And he said, “Do you think political prisoners should be tortured and killed, then?” “Too fucking right, I do,” I said.’

The person to whom he related this charming little exchange laughed. What I found frightening about the pair of them was that their faces were contorted with hatred even as they laughed, and when they talked of killing political prisoners they meant it. They were members of a little communist groupuscule for whom Stalin was a god, not in spite of his crimes but because of them.

(1991)