The misery and failure of socialism does not require close, detailed examination. You can see it from space.

North Korea is the huge dark space in this Jan. 30, 2014 photo made available by NASA on Monday. The image was made by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station, and shows the socialist country of North Korea between brightly lit capitalist South Korea, on the right, and confused (mix of socialist, capitalist, and communist) China, on the left. Faint lights from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, are visible at center of the dark void. The darkened land appears as if it were a stretch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan.

It’s no surprise that this is the case. When an authoritarian, totalitarian government enslaves the entire populace, how could any progress be achieved? Logically, if there is no motivating factor to succeed outside of preserving one’s life, and preverving that life does not free someone from the hell in which they remain trapped, why strive for anything other than mere survival? It is disheartening that so many people die of starvation in North Korea, and that so many are sent to prison camps, but it also completely in keeping with the ideology of North Korea’s rulers.

According to World Bank data, power consumption per capita in North Korea is a mere 739 kilowatt hours, compared with an unnecessarily extravagant 10,162 kilowatt hours in South Korea. Translation: North Korea is doing its part to help stop Climate Change and is in full compliance with the Kyoto Protocol.

우리는 할 수 있습니다! (that’s Yes We Can! in Korean)

FACT: The same governing philosophy that rules North Korea undergirds the platform of the Democratic Party of the United States of America.


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