Interview with a Propaganda Book

Vox: America, Explained By a North Korean Propaganda Book

Sean Illing at Vox Media somehow obtained a book of North Korean propaganda regarding the United States and the Korean War. He uses excerpts from the book to create a fake interview with it.

Sean Illing

What does that “policy of aggression and war” look like today?

North Korea Propaganda Book

In pursuing the policy of aggression on Korea under their postwar “strategy of mass reprisal” based on the “policy of strength,” the US imperialists laid stress on their permanent occupation of South Korea while hampering Korea’s reunification, fortified South Korea as their military strategic base by extensively reinforcing the puppet armed forces, and at the same time lined up the South Korean puppets with the Japanese militarists and sped up preparations for a new war for the occupation of the whole of Korea.

Sean Illing

And what role has the North Korean government played in all this?

North Korea Propaganda Book

All these incidents which the whole world had watched with deep apprehensions could be brought under control and prevented from developing into a big war only thanks to the persistent peace policy of the Government of the DPRK.

Ever since liberation the DPRK Government has invariably held that Korea must be relieved from tension and the question of her reunification be solved peacefully, not by war. It proposed to solve the question of national reunification independently and peacefully on a democratic principle more than 150 times.

But the US imperialists doggedly cling to their policy of of aggression and war … The tense situation and the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula are an outcome of US policy.

It’s easy to pick something like this apart and demonstrate exactly where North Korean citizens are being misled. But they have no other avenue through which they can gather information. They can’t look through objective sources that will allow them to fact check the information coming to them.

We can.

However, we sometimes choose to believe propaganda over truth. We dismiss anything that disagrees with our predetermined worldview as “biased,” and then we create an echo chamber of voices that will tell us what we want to hear. We willingly create our own bubbles of propaganda. When we do that, we are no better than such a regime.