KIM JONG IL
THE WORKERS’ PARTY OF KOREA IS A JUCHE-TYPE REVOLUTIONARY PARTY
WHICH INHERITED THE GLORIOUS TRADITION OF THE DIU
October 17, 1982
Today, October 17, is the 56th anniversary of the formation of the Down-with-Imperialism Union ( DIU ) by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung.
With the formation of the DIU our people’s revolutionary struggle embarked on a new road of development and our Party began to strike its glorious roots.
Our Party has traversed the glorious course of struggle for over half a century since it took root with the formation of the DIU; and on this road it has scored many of the most brilliant achievements of the century, and has grown and strengthened as a powerful revolutionary party, united rock-firm and equipped with a wealth of experience.
By leading the people our Party achieved national independence and carried out democratic and socialist revolutions, and through tremendous construction work, it radically changed the appearance of the country and built a “model socialist state” which strikes the world’s people with admiration. In the hard-fought struggle against US imperialist invasion, our Party led the people to victory and preserved the country and the revolution with credit.
For its immortal exploits on behalf of the country and the people, the age and history, our Party enjoys the unreserved support and confidence of the entire Korean people.
With the monolithic ideological system firmly established throughout, our Party has been strengthened more than ever before, both organizationally and ideologically, as the tested General Staff of the revolution and, convinced of the justness of its cause and certain of victory, it is successfully guiding the cause of modelling the whole of society on the Juche idea.
Our Party which has followed a unique path since it started to take root with the formation of the DIU is a new type of revolutionary working-class party.
Ours is a Juche-type revolutionary party which is guided by the Juche idea and carried out its revolutionary activities independently and creatively in keeping with the interests of our people and conditions in our country. By establishing Juche thoroughly in all spheres of Party building and activity with the Juche idea as its unalterable guide, it has been able to strengthen and develop into an indestructible revolutionary party.
Basically, it is essential for a working-class party to establish Juche, which emanates from its own character and mission. Because it is a political leadership body which fights to oppose all manner of domination and subjugation and realize the independence of the masses, it should establish Juche thoroughly. If a party fails to do this and dances to the tune of others, it will, in the long run, bring ruin on both itself and the revolution. Only a party which acts independently, and with its own principle, can be a powerful party which is united on the basis of its own guiding idea and can enjoy the support and confidence of its people and enlist their inexhaustible strength, thus vigorously advancing the revolution and construction.
It is important for a working-class party in establishing Juche to eradicate flunkeyism and dogmatism. In our country, particularly, where flunkeyism and dogmatism were rampant and did great harm to the communist movement, establishing Juche posed a vital question relating to the destiny of the Party and the revolution. During the anti-Japanese national-liberation struggle and in the periods of democratic and socialist revolutions and socialist construction after liberation, the Korean communists always strove persistently to combat flunkeyism and dogmatism and establish Juche. As a result, they could strengthen and develop the Party and advance the revolutionary struggle.
In the years of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle the flunkeyists tried to found a party with the approval of others and achieve independence on the strength of others, which caused great harm to the development of the communist movement in our country. After liberation the harmfulness of flunkeyism and dogmatism was manifested to a great extent during the Fatherland Liberation War and it became insupportable as the socialist revolution and socialist construction were carried out on a full scale.
The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung who has fought against flunkeyism and dogmatism since the early years of the revolutionary struggle against the Japanese, has given wise leadership so that Juche is being established more thoroughly with the development of the revolution and construction. Upholding the revolutionary policy on establishing Juche, our Party has waged a vigorous ideological struggle to eradicate the flunkeyism and dogmatism which still remain in people’s minds and, in the meantime, it has ensured that they are equipped firmly with the great Juche idea and Party policy, its embodiment, and thus observe and judge all problems from the Juche-oriented stand and resolve them by their own efforts. Through the struggle to establish Juche, a change has been effected in the ideological life of Party members and working people, the Party’s unity and cohesion based on the Juche idea have been further strengthened, and a continued improvement in the revolution and construction has been brought about.
Under the slogan of modelling the whole Party on the Juche idea, our Party is now intensifying the battle to establish Juche in Party building and activity and is thus further perfecting its character as a revolutionary party of a Juche type.
Ours is an invincible revolutionary party which has firmly established a monolithic ideological system throughout its own structure.
Establishing this system is our basic line of Party building. It is an essential requirement of a working-class party to ensure the unity of ideology and leadership. This is effected by establishing the Party’s monolithic ideological system. Only when this is done can the whole Party be armed with the leader’s intention and become a living organism, breathing and acting in conformity with his idea and will.
It is important in establishing the Party’s monolithic ideological system to pervade the whole Party with the leader’s idea.
The leader is the embodiment of the organizational will of the whole Party and his idea is explicitly the guiding ideology of the Party. The ideological unity of the Party is brought about only on the basis of the leader’s idea.
Our Party regarded education in the monolithic ideology as its basic ideological task and carried it out energetically. As a result, a single ideology has prevailed throughout the Party, and all its members have been armed firmly with the leader’s revolutionary idea, the Juche idea, and have come to think and act as required by this idea.
Another important factor in establishing the monolithic ideological system is to achieve the leader’s unitary leadership absolutely.
The leader is the supreme controller of a party, and the party’s leadership is precisely his leadership. Our Party has set up a well-regulated system under which all its organizations and members act as one man under the unitary leadership of the great leader Comrade
Kim Il Sung, give absolute authority to Party policies and defend and implement them without question.
By thoroughly establishing the monolithic ideological system in its ranks our Party increased its strength as never before, and was able to lead the revolution and construction straight to victory through all difficulties.
The progress of the revolution calls for further strengthening the work of establishing the Party’s monolithic ideological system. This is a law which governs the development of the Party and the revolution. The whole course of our Party’s existence is the process of in-depth development of this work. Our Party defined new principles of establishing its monolithic ideological system and strengthened this work to meet the needs of the revolution in the 1970’s when the proposition was put forward that the whole of society should be modelled on the Juche idea. Today our Party has grown into loyal ranks, and the whole membership thinks and acts according to the will of the Party and the leader, united firmly around the great Comrade Kim Il Sung. This is the most valuable achievement of the Korean communists in the long period of struggle to build the Party.
We are a powerful party which has achieved the closest unity and solidarity based on the Juche idea.
The unity and solidarity of Party ranks is the source of a revolutionary party’s strength. A united party is indestructible, and nothing is more precious in building a working-class party than its ranks’ unity and cohesion.
Unity and cohesion are brought about through struggle. The struggle against anti-party tendencies is, in essence, a reflection of the class struggle within the party. Without mounting a resolute and uncompromising attack against anti-party tendencies and alien elements, the unity and purity of the party ranks could not be assured. Our Party has constantly strengthened the unity and cohesion of its ranks, overcoming all kinds of alien elements and anti-Party tendencies, including factionalism.
Factionalism was the first target of the campaign for our Party’s unity and cohesion. The revolutionary ranks led by Comrade Kim Il Sung during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle overcame factionalism and they all united closely behind him. This is an invaluable tradition of our communist movement which was established during the bloody struggle to shape the destiny of the country and the people. But the factionalists who had become traitors and philistines slipped into the communist ranks in the chaotic situation after liberation and viciously worked to undermine the unity and cohesion of the Party. In an attempt to accomplish their factional plot they did not hesitate to collaborate with imperialists.
If factionalism were to be tolerated, the unity of a working-class party in idea and purpose could not be achieved, nor could the party exist as an entity. In the struggle for its unity our Party concentrated its attack first on factionalism which still remained from the past, wiped out the anti-Party factionalists and achieved the great unity of the Korean communist movement.
The struggle for the unity and cohesion of the Party did not end with the defeat of factionalism which had persisted for many years. After clearing out this filth, our Party went on to fight the anti-Party revisionists and developed its historic struggle for unity on a higher level.
The unity and cohesion of our Party are great and unbreakable because the entire membership is united around the great Comrade Kim Il Sung and because they are based on its infinite loyalty to the Party and the leader. The leader is the centre of the Party’s unity and cohesion, and its strength depends on how firmly the entire membership is united behind him. The unity and cohesion of our Party are not just achieved out of duty. They are based on the membership’s infinite respect for, and absolute trust in, the Party and the leader, and founded on its unshakable revolutionary belief and sense of gratitude which cause it to defend and protect the Party and the leader politically and ideologically and to fight for them even at the cost of its members’ lives.
The unity and cohesion of our Party are great and unbreakable because they are based on unity of idea and purpose. The important thing in the Party’s unity and cohesion is to achieve the unity of idea and will. Unity based on a single idea and purpose must be durable, otherwise it cannot achieve lasting unity. The single ideology means precisely the revolutionary idea of the leader, the founder of the Party. The leader’s revolutionary idea is the basis of the Party’s unity and cohesion; the unity and cohesion of the working-class party is the unity of idea and purpose based on the revolutionary idea of the leader. Our Party is an ideological entity of communists of a Juche type who regard the Juche idea as their world outlook.
Our Party is so strong because of its great unity and cohesion based on the Juche idea and centring on the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung.
We are a steel-like party with a strong organization and discipline.
Revolutionary organization and discipline are the life and soul of the party, the highest organization of the working class and the weapon of the class struggle and the weapon of the revolution and construction. Only when iron discipline and organization are guaranteed, can the working-class party be a truly revolutionary and militant party and win the revolutionary struggle, in the face of all difficulties and trials. As history shows, a party dominated by liberalism and indiscipline is doomed to failure.
Because of its unbreakable organization and discipline our Party is powerful and invincible. The organization and discipline of our Party are durable and strong because they are founded on the membership’s infinite loyalty to the Party and the leader and its high degree of political awareness.
Organization and discipline are strengthened when a revolutionary system of Party life is established throughout the Party and that life is regularized and standardized among its members. Our experience clearly shows that the regulation and standardization of Party life and the strict observance of the rules and order of inner Party life are a powerful means for revolutionizing Party member and making them better organized and disciplined and for strengthening and developing the Party into a revolutionary one with great fighting efficiency. Through the struggle to regulate and standardize Party life, the Party members’ sense of organization has been enhanced and a habit has been firmly established of all working and living in strict dependence on Party organizations. This is a valuable achievement in Party building.
Our Party is an invincible party which maintains close ties of kinship with the masses.
The Party labours for the interests of the working class and other popular masses and carries out the revolution by organizing and mobilizing them. Accordingly, maintaining close bonds of kinship with the broad masses and becoming deeply rooted amongst them is particularly important in the building of a working-class party. Only a party which strikes its roots deep among the masses and enjoys their support and trust and which knows how to organize and mobilize them can demonstrate an invincible might and discharge its mission as the General Staff of the revolution and the political leader of the popular masses.
Keeping in touch with the masses is important for a ruling party, too. If the party has taken power, this problem is not solved automatically. If the party in power is divorced from the masses and loses their support and confidence, it also becomes impotent and even endangers its own existence.
Since he set out on the revolutionary road, the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung has regarded the ties with the popular masses as a fundamental problem related to the future of the revolutionary organization. For a long time he has always been among the masses and shared the good things and the bad with them. He has made it an iron rule to trust the masses and promote the revolution and construction by giving rein to their strength and wisdom.
Our Party saw to it that officials and its members raised their Party spirit, working-class spirit and popular spirit, served the people faithfully and thoroughly implemented the mass line in all their activities, thus constantly strengthening the ties between the Party and the masses. In work with people our Party firmly adhered to the class principle and built up its class position. On the other hand, it educated broad sections of the masses, boldly drew them into its fold and united them firmly behind it.
Today our Party maintains its close ties with the people and enjoys the unreserved support and confidence of people of all backgrounds, and our people entrust their destiny entirely to the Party and fight on without hesitation along the road which it specifies. As has already been said, our Party forms a perfect whole with the people. No wonder it is invincible and no force can break its close bonds of kinship with the people.
Our Party established a well-regulated system of work with people and established a revolutionary method of work and a popular style of work throughout the Party.
All activities of the party, a political organization of the working class fighting for the interests of the masses of people, are realized through work with people. The party gets people to act voluntarily, thus transforming society and nature and advancing the revolution and construction.
The great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung put forward the idea of making work with people basic to Party work. This is a great idea which clarifies the fundamental principle of Party activity by incorporating the Juche idea in Party building. Only by making work with people its key policy can the Party prevent its work from being reduced to administrative-technical work, and maintain its nature as a political organization and fulfil its militant role and function properly.
Our Party opposed the tendency to reduce Party work to administrative-technical work, a tendency which may appear in a party in power, and resolutely carried through the policy of making work with people basic to Party activity.
Establishing the revolutionary method of work and the popular style of work is a serious and important question arising in the building of a working-class party.
In particular, when the party takes power, an inclination towards bureaucracy may appear, the inclination to issue orders and instructions from a position of power. A bureaucratic attitude is more likely to be shown by officials who have developed in a tranquil atmosphere without undergoing revolutionary trials.
By its nature, this is a despotic method of administration which is used by the ruling class in an exploiting society. It is fundamentally opposed to the real nature of a working-class party. When officials do not have the revolutionary method of work and popular style of work and are infected with bureaucracy, the party line and policies, however correct they may be, cannot be carried out and this leads to serious consequences—estranging the party from the masses and dampening their revolutionary enthusiasm and creative activity.
Since it came into power, our Party has considered it to be a fundamental matter in Party building to improve the method and style of Party work and it has always paid great attention to this.
The basic policy maintained by our Party in improving the method and style of Party work is to establish the anti-Japanese guerrilla work method throughout the Party. This method created in person by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung during the arduous anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle is a true communistic work method. Carrying this forward is the true way to eradicate bureaucracy, the abuse of power and all other mistaken methods and styles of work left over from the old society and establish the revolutionary method of work and popular style of work conforming with a socialist and communist society.
Our Party’s traditional anti-Japanese guerrilla method of work has been embodied and improved in conformity with the new conditions of socialist construction, through the great Chongsanri spirit and method. In a nutshell, the Chongsanri method is a work method of relying on the strength of the masses; it is a revolutionary work method by which one goes among the masses, shares the good times and the bad with them and carries out projected tasks by drawing on their conscious enthusiasm and creative initiative. In the course of implementing the Chongsanri spirit and method, our Party work has been completely turned into work with man and its work method and style have been radically improved.
Improving the method and style of Party work is a campaign to eliminate obsolete ideological elements from the minds of officials. So it should be waged tirelessly and patiently over a long period. Our Party accepted this as a central task to improve its work method and style in keeping with the new requirements of the developing revolution and has waged a vigorous all-Party struggle to this end. As a result, the anti-Japanese guerrilla method of work has been embodied in all Party work and the way of Party work radically improved. The revolutionary spirit beats throughout the Party, all work is carried out energetically, and relations between the Party and the masses have become unbreakable.
Our Party has been strengthened and developed into a revolutionary party which advances, united with the masses, and a militant party which has its roots deep amongst them and enjoys their unreserved support. This is one of the most precious achievements in building a revolutionary party of a Juche type.
Our Party is, indeed, a glorious revolutionary party of a Juche type, a party which was founded and acts, guided by the Juche idea, a party in which the monolithic ideological system has been firmly established and whose members have been united rock-firm on the basis of the Juche idea; a party which maintains close ties of kinship with the popular masses and strives to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche by improving their role.
To strengthen and develop our Party still further into a revolutionary party of a Juche type is a decisive guarantee for overcoming all obstacles and bringing the revolutionary cause of Juche to completion.