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Wednesday, September 05, 2007


North Korea is Camazotz

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, September 05, 2007 permalink View blog reactions
Watch this astounding video of the Arirang Mass Games in North Korea, which Tim Johnson calls "magnificent and chilling at the same time." It's a visual example of the "mass mind" atmosphere within the DPRK.

I am reminded of the fictional world of Camazotz, from Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. The Jong Il dynasty is the disembodied brain IT, which enthralls the population into a synchronized hive, existing only for the purpose of being slaves, but slavery for its own sake (unlike the more modern, purpose-driven slavery).



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