Saturday, June 13, 2009

North Korea: Grooming the Next Kim for Power

Kim Jong-Il's son Kim Jong-un has a new name. He is now "Brilliant Comrade." You'll recall that Kim Jong-Il is "Dear Leader" and his father Kim Il-sung was "Great Leader." As every good little autocrat knows, a major prerequisite for power is the acquisition of an overblown propaganda-name fit for a cult of personality!

The Foreign Policy blogger who linked to the story has an interesting observation, though:
I can't help thinking that the progressive downgrading from "Great Leader" to "Dear Leader" to "Brilliant Comrade" could become problematic. What comes next? Decent Administrator? Qualified Manager? Righteous dude?

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