PolPhil Lecture Reflection #1 (1).pdf

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Political Philosophy Lecture Reflection #1 North Korea: The Impossible State In his lecture, Dr. Cha offered five propositions that would assist our understanding of North Korea. These propositions covered a broad range of topics; from the internal causes of North Korea’s poverty, to the importance of nuclear weapons to North Korea’s understanding of their nationhood. One proposition he offered I felt was particularly interesting and perhaps particularly relevant to this class: Kim Jong Un (or whoever is in his position) is only interested in reform to the extent that such reform helps his regime survive. This observations creates an interesting dynamic in the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in North Korea. Despite what it may seem, Kim Jong Un doesn’t necessarily want his subjects to suffer. He may not be too emotionally affected by their suffering, but if given the choice, he would probably choose that they didn’t suffer rather than suffer, assuming that their
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  • Spring '14
  • BryanT.McGraw
  • Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Yong-nam, Kim Jong-un

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