Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Land of No Smiles


Renowned documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea by posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. Despite 24-hour surveillance by North Korean minders, he took arresting photographs of Pyongyang and its people—images rarely captured and even more rarely distributed in the West. They show stark glimmers of everyday life in the world’s last gulag.

I don't know about this being "the world's last gulag", unfortunately, things are pretty grim in some other areas of the world, too, but it shows us a glimpse into the logical conclusion of Communism. "Junior" summed it up pretty well in Comments section of Small Dead Animals:

What's not to like?

No vehicles = no pollution
Nothing to buy = no subprime mortgages or mcmansions
No food = no obesity
No electricity = no global warming

In short everything the chicken littles of the climate change industry should adore.

We've got a map posted on the wall of our computer room that shows the world at night. North Korea is dark. You can see a nighttime satellite image of the two Koreas here.

I don't know about you, but I want the option of light at night. I want heat when it's cold. I enjoy regular meals, transportation, well-stocked stores - all the benefits of capitalism. We don't need to go down this path.

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