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Could North Korea still be considered a Communist nation?

  • Yes, they control everything.

    Yes, North Korea should still be considered a Communist nation, because North Korea controls every aspect of each person's life, literally including whether they live or die. North Korea is a tightly controlled government, and each person is told what to do and what they will get from birth to death. It is the very definition of communism.

  • North Korea is a communist nation.

    North Korea is a communist nation. So, yes, it can still be considered a communist nation. Since World War II, the citizens have lived under the communist rule of the the Kim family. Although the original communist leader of the nation was and still is considered to be a godlike figure, harsh policies and poverty have eroded popular opinion regarding current leader Kim Jong-un and his father before him, Kim Jong-il.

  • Wouldn't even count as Stalinism.

    North Korea has it's own "variant" of communism, ruled by a monarchy (however, it has drifted so far away from communism that no one knows what to call it anymore). Communism is harshly agaisnt monarchies. A "left" wing state would not oppress their citizens as hard as North Korea does, nor force such equality between said citizens. Stalin did oppress the soviet citizens, but he oppressed them all equally, and still got to feed, house, and give everything they needed in peacetime. He is not a monarch, either, as he inflated the importance of his role, a general secretary.

  • Not even close to Communism

    North Korea was a Socialist state for a very short period of time.It actually had better life conditions than South Korea during that time.North Korea now is a State-Capitalist state under the leadership of a so called "Workers" party that is rulled by a Dynasty.In other words North Korea is a Malevolent,Dynastical Monarchy.According to all Marxist thinkers like Lenin,Communism is a stateless and classless society in wich all means of production are owned by the Working Class.North Korea has none of that and above all its a state,this means that the real qestion is "is North Korea SOCIALIST".The Socialist Republic serves as the transitional period from Capitalism to Socialism with the aim to achieve a Communist society in the future.North Korea not only has failed to build Socialism it has an ideal that is opposed to every Communist ideal there is.That is tha according to the constitution of North Korea,the Working Class is NOT the leading force to Socialism but the MILITERY.

  • North Korea ain't red

    In the 90s after the USSR collapsed they removed communism from their constitution. Since Kim Jong-Un came to power they removed all references of Marx including a large portrait of him in Pyongyang. North Korea is a Juche single party state if anything it's a quasi fascist "absolute monarchy" now. Only a select social elite are allowed to live in the capital and they enjoy luxury goods and lifestyle while those in the countryside starve.

  • It varies in DPRK's history

    Under Kim Il-sung, yes, the DPRK is a communist country, but since the dictatorships of Kim Jong-il & Kim Jong un, its far from communist or a socialist-oriented democracy, but a totalitarian militaristic paranoid dictatorship that even comparable to Hitler's Nazi Germany & Mussolini's Fascist Italy.

    Communism its all about democracy, equality, classless society, gender equality, freedom of choice & freedom from any kind of oppression (like imperialism, capitalism, authoritarianism, etc) . Kim Il-sung achieved some of these mentioned above, but when Kim Jong-il & later Kim Jong-un ruled, none of these even followed, almost all North Koreans are being oppressed, are not allowed to criticise the govt's shortcomings, not allowed to display dissatisfaction (given the food shortages & poor quality of housing & jobs especially in the provinces), are not allowed to make their own choice (of jobs, where to live, how many food & things they can buy or even to own a car, motorcycle or computer w/out govt permission), not allowed to live the country w/out govt permission & so on & so fort, bec. If they do that, they will be imprisoned in harsh gulags of years or even for life, of even face death. The govt its absolutely a Stalinist bureaucratic elitist style that they are the only once has the luxurious freedom w/c almost North Koreans don't have, elections are not democratic, but even they have elections, the Kims are the only one that have the right to rule that no questions asked.

  • It varies in DPRK's history

    Under Kim Il-sung, yes, the DPRK is a communist country, but since the dictatorships of Kim Jong-il & Kim Jong un, its far from communist or a socialist-oriented democracy, but a totalitarian militaristic paranoid dictatorship that even comparable to Hitler's Nazi Germany & Mussolini's Fascist Italy.

    Communism its all about democracy, equality, classless society, gender equality, freedom of choice & freedom from any kind of oppression (like imperialism, capitalism, authoritarianism, etc) . Kim Il-sung achieved some of these mentioned above, but when Kim Jong-il & later Kim Jong-un ruled, none of these even followed, almost all North Koreans are being oppressed, are not allowed to criticise the govt's shortcomings, not allowed to display dissatisfaction (given the food shortages & poor quality of housing & jobs especially in the provinces), are not allowed to make their own choice (of jobs, where to live, how many food & things they can buy or even to own a car, motorcycle or computer w/out govt permission), not allowed to live the country w/out govt permission & so on & so fort, bec. If they do that, they will be imprisoned in harsh gulags of years or even for life, of even face death. The govt its absolutely a Stalinist bureaucratic elitist style that they are the only once has the luxurious freedom w/c almost North Koreans don't have, elections are not democratic, but even they have elections, the Kims are the only one that have the right to rule that no questions asked.

  • Kim Jong Un is a dictator

    Not only is North Korea not a Communist nation, it is slipping backwards into an imperialistic totalitarianism style dictatorship. The morals of Marx have been totally defied and all the country does is provide an attacking point for anti-communist haters. The country has broken every rule of communism and even socialism. North Korea is a monarchy.

  • Not communist, even in theory

    They don't even consider themselves communists.
    In North Korea, Marxism–Leninism was officially replaced by Juche in 1977.
    Sometimes people says communism will lead to a government that looks like the North Korean government, those people are ignorant.

    If we compare Cuba and North Korea, it's not the same at all.
    The Soviet Union was more democratic than North Korea. (Even if it wasn't perfect at all, but it's another debate)

  • No, North Korea is just a dictatorship.

    We may or may not agree with it, but Communism is an ideology that has its good points. However, in most cases it has been co-opted by greedy leaders. In the case of North Korea this is so true that it has become an evil parody of dictatorship and corruption.

  • It's Communist in name only.

    North Korea certainly considers itself a Communist nation. However, the reality is that its power structure is actually a hereditary monarchy. The Communist stuff, at this point, is merely window dressing to keep their starving subjects in line. Actual Communism would be a huge lifestyle upgrade for those poor people.

  • Not Really A Communist Nation

    I do not believe it would be just to call North Korea a Communist nation. I believe communism is far better than what the North Korean government offers its people. The North Korean government is a dictatorship and a totalitarian state under the guise of real government. It attempts to present an image it does not have.


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