It’s no secret that North Korea, a veritable kingdom of genetic mutants, loves its fascist, Orwellian imagery. As Christopher Hitchens observed, the regime had really perfected the Orwellian nightmare: an isolated totalitarian mega-cult masqueraded as a state.
Hitchens, in a Slate article entitled “A Nation of Racist Dwarfs,” wrote of North Korea (in response to B.R. Myers’ book “The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters“:
Unlike previous racist dictatorships, the North Korean one has actually succeeded in producing a sort of new species. Starving and stunted dwarves, living in the dark, kept in perpetual ignorance and fear, brainwashed into the hatred of others, regimented and coerced and inculcated with a death cult: This horror show is in our future, and is so ghastly that our own darling leaders dare not face it and can only peep through their fingers at what is coming.
This, of course, was during most glorious leader Kim Jong Il’s reign. His son, Kim Jong Un, who some may have hoped would be more reasonable than his father (he is anything but), hasn’t dispensed with the xenophobia and racism. In fact, he might just be amplifying it. It seems that he, and perhaps others in the North Korea military elite, are rather find of Hitler. Jong Un is wont to hand out copies of Mein Kampf to senior officials, as he did this year, according to North Korean watchdog group New Focus International.
The watchdog’s source stated: “Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it.” Indeed, much practical wisdom is to be gleaned from Hitler’s paranoid, megalomaniacal, and racist mind. And, you know, neo-Teutonic paganism must have some great appeal to King Jong Un & Company.
With that in mind, it’s interesting to see the little sliver of North Korea propaganda above, filmed on Instagram by Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder. Notice the North Korean worker (rocket technician?) in the roadside propaganda poster giving a little Seig Heil salute. Blink and you will miss it.
Granted, the Nazis weren’t the first to use the salute. It seems to have started with the Italian fascists. But, that’s not the point. What is startling about the North Korean poster is that it uses that imagery at all. Then again, by now we should come to expect anything from North Korea.