November 19, Juche107(2018)

Anecdotes

 

A Guest from Northern Europe Is Struck with Admiration

 

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, an abnormal event took place in the world: Socialism collapsed and capitalism was restored in a number of countries.

The reengages of socialism, who had destroyed socialism, tried to justified their despicable betrayal, claiming that the ideal of socialism itself were wrong.

On the other hand, the imperialists asserted that the socialist system was in itself problematic, talking about the “bankruptcy of the socialism system,” with regard to the collapse of socialism in these countries.

This caused ideological confusion among many people.

Are the ideals of socialism and the socialist system wrong?

A stream of foreigners came to Pyongyang to find an answer to this question.

Among them was the chairman of the Worker’s Communist Party of Sweden.

On June 29, 1992, Kim Il Sung met him, and explained the cause of the collapse of the East European socialist countries.

He said that it could be explained in two ways: The first was that the leaders of those countries took to sycophancy and the worship of great power.

He continued: “In the past the East European socialist countries used to do everything the way the Soviet Union did; for example, if the Soviet Union uttered ‘A,’ they said ‘A,’ and if the former pronounced ‘B,’ they said ‘B.’

He cited an example at this: The people of the former German Democratic Republic were said to have remarked that when it was raining in Moscow Berliners used to take an umbrella with them, although it wasn’t raining in their city. In this way Germans criticized they sycophantic attitude of their Party leadership towards the big power.

Secondly, the ruin of the East European socialist countries was due to the fact the leaders of those countries were grossly bureaucratic.

He said: In capitalist society, where state officials and economic officials are separated from each other, even if the ruling officials act bureaucratically and administrator state affairs unskillfully, businessmen can still make money without much interference. In socialist society, however, the situation is different; in socialist society the masses of the people are the masters of state power and the means of production. Leading officials must therefore always go among the masses to learn about their demands and manage the state and economy to meet their will and demands; however, the leaders of the East European socialist countries failed to mix intimately with the masses; instead, they administered state affairs by looking up at celling of their office or asking Moscow what to do. When their subjective opinion that was not in accordance with the will of the masses or the reality was not accepted readily by people, they would enforce it in a bureaucratic manner. Consequently, they became alienated from the people and ultimately produced the serious outcome of destroying socialism.

He continued: “It was because of such mistakes as the sycophantic attitude to the great power and a bureaucratic manner that socialism has collapsed in the former East European socialist countries; it was never because the socialist system is in itself problematic.”

After listening to this explanation, the guest from Northern Europe said confidently: “It was indeed the right option for me to travel a long way to see you.”

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