[KS] I, II III ... The provocative consanguinity of Kims

Kent Davy kentdavy at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 00:26:33 EST 2012

Very clever, mildly interesting; but is there any empirically respectable
evidence that this notion actually is in operation?

Empirically cogent discussion regarding the succession process - from
either a practical or an historical perspective -indeed would be
interesting and very welcome; but, for the reasons that are all too well
known, very very little real data is available. Consequently, nearly
everything that I have seen on the subject so far is imho more revealing of
the preoccupations and prejudices of the commentators than of what may be
going on in North Korea.

To paraphrase: Whereof one cannot adduce cognizable evidence, thereof one
should maintain a humble and prudent restraint of not silence.


"The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding."
"The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding."

On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 5:49 AM, Lauren Deutsch <lwdeutsch at earthlink.net>wrote:

>  Today’s *Huffington Post* notes in an article (link, below) headlined re
> punishments for insincere mourners, that that Kim III is said to be
> patterning his leadership role after Kim I, not his father, Kim II. This
> gives insight into the pattern of consanguinity we learn about in
> Traditional Chinese medicine, that the grandparent and grandchild have more
> affinity than the child to parent. We know that 2 points make a line, but
> three points creates an entirely new dimension. Will it be two lines of Kim
> II and Kim III protracted from the same point or some form of triangle
> (Isosceles? Right? Eqilateral?) of Kim I, Kim II and Kim III? Of course we
> would expect Kim III to pay homage to Kim II and Kim I, but perhaps this
> sets up the arena as to whether Kim III will (be perceived / promoted to)
> carry on the lineage of Kim I *better than his father, *or whether two
> factions develop, one more loyal to the first vs the second.
> I would be interested to know how other members of this list project the
> succession.
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/north-korea-punish-mourners-insincere-kim-jong-il_n_1204377.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
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> *From: *Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreaweb.ws>
> *Reply-To: *Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
> *Date: *Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:20:24 -0800
> *To: *Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
> *Subject: *Re: [KS] KCTV's hour-long paean to Kim Jong-un yesterday can
> now be seen in full by all
> The _Rodong sinmun_ is now also has an ENGLISH Web edition.
> http://www.rodong.rep.kp/InterEn/
> If that link doe snot work for you, then go to main site,
> http://www.rodong.rep.kp/ and click on the ENGLISH tab (upper right) --
> that worked for me.
> Articles there are also included in the customized Google search that I
> have at
> http://koreaweb.ws/13_news.html
> The rhetoric, the language of leadership, seems to match the descriptions
> in Orwell's _1984_ (yes, I think it is a quite appropriate reference,
> however often it was already used): only the "Great Leaders" were allowed
> to invent new phrases, to use language in a creative way ... and once
> father or son Kim did, those phrases were then reduplicated down the ranks
> and enshrined. The grandson's "accustomed to working all night" phrase was
> already invented by Grandpa, and used by son Kim also:
> Pyongyang, January 27,* 2002* (KCNA):
> "But he told them that he had become* accustomed to working all night*and he would take a full rest when Korea joins the ranks of the most
> developed countries in the world and the people are well off. He then said
> the day would surely come and victory always belongs to the Korean people."
> Those are all the same continuous patterns of the same oppressive machine
> with all its sub-mechanisms. ... But you know what the destiny is of those
> people who have all their pencils sharpened and lined up on their desk in
> strict order: someone opens the window by accident, and ...
> As Michael Rank said, a depressing experience. Better study Cuban
> communism, so much more fun.
> Best,
> Frank
> Alas, the words of wisdom are not as profound as one might hope. I humbly
> offer a quick and rough translation:
> "I am accustomed to working through the night and so am not bothered by
> it. The most joyous and happiest moments for me are when I can bring joy to
> the comrade supreme commander. Thus, though I have stayed up several
> nights, I have worked without knowing weariness. Even when I work through
> several nights, once I have brought joy to the comrade supreme commander,
> the weariness vanishes and a new strength courses through my whole body.
> This must be what revolutionaries live for."
> -C. La Shure
> On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:11 AM, Michael Rank <rank at mailbox.co.uk> wrote:
> I have heroically viewed the entire thing, and found it a deeply
> depressing experience. One of the bizarre things about it is that it is in
> effect silent, and we never hear the voices of the three geniuses. If they
> are so brilliant why won't the govt let the people to hear them impart
> their wisdom at first hand? I believe KJI's voice has only been heard a
> couple of times, once during the Albright visit and once on an official
> tape, can anyone confirm? But coming back to the above paean I noticed that
> it includes a genuine (insofar as anything is genuine in DPRK) KJE (or KJU
> if you insist) quote, at 22.04, his very first I think. Could anyone be so
> kind as to translate his words of wisdom? For what it's worth I also
> spotted Supreme People's Assembly head Choe Thae Bok at 33.51, he has
> visited UK twice.
> Best wishes,
> Michael Rank
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