A first-hand account of a life inside a secretive world
Note: Parts of this post were originally published on my old blog on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
Such societies come apart only when people have absolutely nothing left to lose–when they get too angry too care whether they live or die. For the old USSR and Eastern Europe this took a combination of greater access to the truth about the West and the extreme poverty of their emotional, spiritual and material lives to get them to demand change. I hope this happens in North Korea as well. But backlash can come too. In some post-Soviet countries there is a nostalgia for a “strong leader” that brings with it rulers who defy democracy.