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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, an actual hell-hole (that one day we’ll have to explain to our children in the manner that people alive in 1940s had to explain why they didn’t bomb Nazi concentration camps), where anyone who isn’t a member of the ruling party is either starving to death or being tortured in a concentration camp, appeared to be taking tentative steps towards making life there slightly less awful.
North Korea, where situations are so grim that even the CCP doesn’t repatriate asylum seekers there, was expected to announce that farmers would be allowed to keep surplus food to sell or barter, rather than turn it over to the state.
The proposed directive appears aimed at boosting productivity at collective farms that have struggled for decades to provide for the country’s 24 million people. By giving farmers such an incentive to grow more food, North Korea could be starting down the same path as China when it first began experimenting with a market-based economy.
However, the parliamentary session, a rarity in itself, where it was assumed this radical policy would be debuted, has closed with no major reforms announced.
The North had fanned expectations of a big announcement by holding a meeting of its rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly, which rarely convenes. But a state news agency report released after the meeting Tuesday said only that the assembly had authorized a few low-level personnel changes and extended the country’s compulsory education period from 11 years to 12.
So for the time being, it looks like desperate North Koreans will have to go back to smuggling crystal meth into China while Kim Jong-Un and his hot wife lie in their luxurious bed, oblivious to the misery and suffering caused by their continued existence.