This selection was found on the website of the Rural People’s Party, it’s a very interesting party and deserves a look, they have a lot of really good ideas on their site and could definitely be a model for some of the new left.
This is their website: http://ruralpeople.atspace.org/
Kim Jong Il was the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), he is the son of Kim Il Sung, the man who liberated the country from the Japanese during World War 2. Kim Jong Il provided the idea of Songun, a policy that was in response to the changes that the ‘new world order’ brought to the third world. In this case, the new world order simply means international capital, or international finance capital, Kim Jong Il fought to keep North Korea independent by modernizing their military forces and he was quite well versed in Marxist thinking.
His writings are quite interesting, and are worth a read by anyone who wants to learn a bit more about Marxian socialism.
This is the full article: http://ruralpeople.atspace.org/kim_jong_il_on_labor_aristocracy.htm
As a result of capital being internationalized and of world imperialism having realigned itself, centering on US imperialism, capitalism has survived its imminent doom and made rapid economic and technical progress.
Since the end of the second world war the imperialists have not only aligned themselves with each other politically, economically and militarily, but also evolved more cunning techniques of domination and crafty methods of plunder. This is also an important feature of contemporary imperialism.
The imperialists could not help being extremely alarmed at the rapidly growing socialist forces and the upsurge of the working-class movement and national-liberation movement in the colonies. That is why they devised new and more cunning technqiues oof ruling and crafty methods of plundering to weaken the influence of socialism and appease the working-class movement and national-liberation movement in the colonies.
The imperialists were keenly aware of the fact that they would not be able to maintain the capitalist system unless the working-class movement in their own countries was undermined, so they brought up large numbers of labor aristocrates, while striving to conceal capitalist exploitation and to subdue the resistance of the working masses through unemployment and poverty.
The imperialists also had to change the method of plundering their colonies. Imperialism has always existed by exploiting and plundering colonies. As a result of the second world war, the national-liberation movement gained unprecedented momentum and the colonial system crumbled. This was a fatal blow to imperialism. The imperialists resorted to the crafty method of neocolonialism to regain their lost colonies. Unlike in the past when they had ruled and plundered their colonies by means of overt corecion, they now nominally recognized the soverignty of the newly independent colonies and developing nations and offered them so-called ‘aid’. In this way they subjugated these countries optically and economically, exploiting and plundering them.
Neocolonialism became a means for the imperialists easily to infiltrate the developing countries. In former days the imperialist powers scrambled fiercely for colonies, but since beginning to rely on neocolonialism they have conspired together to penetrate the developing countries to pacify the resistance of their peoples using ‘aid’, in particular, as bait. In this way they were able to seize commodity markets and raw material resources without difficulty.
With capitalist countries acting in collusion economically and technically and acquiring large markets and raw material resources in the developing countries, the level of socialization of production rose markedly, and production and technology developed quickly in the capitalist world.
These changes in the capitalist world offered the advocates of imperialism grounds for the argument that the basic contradiction of capitalism had been resolved and that capitalism was no longer moribund capitalism, but growing and prospering capitalism.
However, the basic contradiction of capitalism has never been settled, nor has the predatory nature of imperialism ever changed.
Capital cannot be anything but capital however international it becomes. The multinational company is nothing but a mode of existence for major monopolies; it intensifies capitalist exploitation and guarantees imperialist domination, on a world scale. A change, if any, has taken place in the method of capitalist exploitation and plunder in that it has become much more sly, and in the range of capitalist contradiction in that it has extended on an international level beyond the bounds of individual countries. Formerly, capitalist exploitation caused the phenomenon of ‘the rich getting ever richer and the poor getting ever poorer’ to prevail within individual capitalist bounties, but nowadays this phenomenon is getting worse on a global scale with the world divided into rich capitalist countries and poor developing countries.
Today the contradictions of the capitalist world have been exacerbated shall further, and imperialism finds itself in serious political and economic trouble.
Because of neocolonialist exploitation and plunder by imperialists, atonal industries in the developing countries have further deteriorated, the people of these countries have become pooer and their foreign debts have increased as the days go by. In these developing countries the purchasing power for capitalist communalities has declined and their ability to pay foreign debts has diminished. This cannot be but a blow to imperialist powers, which have grown fat at the cost of the developing countries.