This document is shared with us by the Songun UK group from “100 Q&A on Korean style socialism”. Juche Study Group Ireland would like to share this with our readers though. As Kim Il Sung once claimed, that juche is socialism based on Korea’s specific conditions and wouldn´t work to adapt (blindly) to other countries. What it does show us is that juche have been able to mobilize the masses and that socialism is possible to be built in one country, even though its allied states falls. Korea’s struggle for self-reliance has been the key to their success. A revolutionary movement may have support from a foreign force but can never be reliant on a foreign force. A revolutionary movement does always have to be, both before and after the victory of the revolution, supported by the people of its country and itself. The people and the party is in symbiosis with each other though they are one and the same.
No party – no indepence
No people – no party nor revolution.
41. It is a basic principle in building socialism to maintain the revolutionary principle of the working class for realizing the independent demand and interests of the popular masses. Why?
Leader Kim Jong Il noted that thoroughly defending and embodying the independent demand and interests of the popular masses are fundamental principle to be maintained consistently in building of socialism.
The historical mission of the working class is to defend and realize independence of the popular masses and the supreme class demand and interests of the working class is to meet the popular masses’ demand for independence.
As the popular masses are master of the society, the society must be built in accordance with essential demand of a social being. The people want to live and develop independently as the master of nature and society. This is the intrinsic demand of the popular masses. In other words, it is a demand to abolish the exploitation and suppression of man by man and live independently.
Therefore, thorough defending and meeting of the independent demand and interests of the popular masses is the basic principle that provides guarantee for the existence and development of the socialist society, and the supreme principle of revolutionary struggle of the working class for the independence of the popular masses.
Then what are the tasks to defend and meet the independent demand and interests of the popular masses?
First, the Party of working class should be strengthened organizationally and ideologically and the party’s leadership on the revolution and construction should be ensured.
Second, the function and role of socialist government should be enhanced.
Third, the socialist ownership should be defended and developed.
Fourth, it should take an unyielding stand against imperialism.
42. Preserving the Juche character and national character is a basic principle in building of socialism. Why?
Leader Kim Jong Il said that adherence to the Juche character and national character of revolution and construction is a fundamental principle that must be maintained in accomplishing the people’s cause of independence, the cause of socialism.
Maintaining the Juche character of revolution and construction means that the popular masses shape the destiny of the country and nation and their own destiny independently and creatively as the masters of their destiny. Sustaining the national character means preserving and developing the good qualities of the nation and embodying them in all spheres of social life.
Maintaining the Juche character and sustaining the national character of the revolution and construction is a principled requirement for carrying out the socialist cause in keeping with its own nature of independence and past and present conditions.
Since the popular masses live and shape their destiny within a nation-state as a unit, the masses’ cause of independence, the socialist cause, is inconceivable apart from the country and nation, and it is impossible to realize the masses’ independence unless the independence of their country and nation is ensured.
Since each nation has peculiar cultural traditions that have been formed and consolidated down through history, it is impossible to meet the independent demand and interests of the popular masses if their national character is ignored. Only when the socialist cause preserves the Juche character and national character can the socialist cause be a true revolutionary cause that champions and realizes independence of the masses and ensures the independent development and prosperity of the nation.
Preserving the Juche character and national character is the common requirement and aspiration of all countries and all peoples.
There are neither the people who do not love and value their country and nation nor the people like to see the dignity and soul of their nation trampled upon and ignored.
Preserving the Juche character and national character and ensuring the independent development of the country and nation are an essential requirement for strengthening international unity and solidarity and contributing truly to the development of the world revolutionary movement.
When the Juche character and national character are suppressed and when the independence of countries and nations is trampled upon, inequality and discord occur among countries and nations, and unity and cooperation become impossible. The socialist cause is a national cause and also an international one, and the world socialist cause advances and is accomplished through the process of victory and development of the revolution in each country.