03 February 2010

Fact of the Day: PDRK Edition

Slate | Christopher Hitchens | A Nation of Racist Dwarfs: Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.

A North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.

I didn't bother to read the rest of Hitchen's article once I got to point where he makes clear that he believes there's a meaningful distinction between totalitarianisms of the "left" and "right." Sure, there is a distinction, but I'm only interested in it in the way a man might be interested in the difference between African and Indian elephants when he's being sat on by one of them.

(Via Randal McElroy iii)

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