The Juche Idea

The Juche idea is the guiding ideology of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Juche idea has its roots in the struggle against the Japanese imperialism that was fought in the 30’s and the early 40’s until the defeat of the Japanese imperialists. The Great Leader Kim Il Sung organized the Anti-Japanese Guerilla Army in order to fight the Japanese colonization of Korea. The Anti-Japanese Guerilla Army was not dependent on any foreign power and its successes against the Japanese imperialists was all based on their own strength.

When Korea seemed to be free and independently unified, President Kim Il Sung understood the importance of building a socialist society, based on Korean conditions, but also the importance of building a self-reliant heavy industry and to build a self-sufficient army to make sure that Korea never again would have to suffer under imperialism. President Kim Il Sung won a landslide victory in the all-Korean presidential election, but the puppet regime of the south led by Syngman Rhee that was installed by the United States, would never accept an electoral defeat.

While adhering to the revolutionary principles of Marxism-Leninism, the Workers’ Party of Korea established the Juche idea as its own guiding ideology and theory on the basis of a correct analysis of the historical limitations of Marxism-Leninism to use it as a weapon in advancing the socialist cause. The Great Leader Kim Il Sung creatively applied Marxism-Leninism to the Korean revolution, and by doing so he realized the limitations of Marxism-Leninism and could therefore develop the Juche idea to further developed the revolutionary ideology of the working class to meet the new historical limitations of the preceding theories.

The Juche idea says that man is the master of the world, clearly showing that by the two facts of that we are a social being and a creative being. That we, man, is a social being, shows that we are not meant to fight and compete on capitalist conditions against one and another. What Marx and Engels described as the primitive communism, where hunter-gatherer societies were traditionally based on egalitarian social relations and common ownership, clearly shows that, opposed to what the bourgeois says, that man is not meant to compete on capitalist conditions. The bourgeois way of thinking of the capitalist society is what makes people say that communism will never work due to that man is basically selfish. All species of animals are basically social beings, including the human.

What makes us masters of the world is our intelligence and creativity. Man can adapt to any environment in the world and that is why we are the dominant species of the planet. Humans is the only species that you can find anywhere in the world and that can survive anywhere in the world, even in the most harsh of conditions. As the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il said, that due to our creativity we can find ways to survive at the North Pole or even the savannah, but if you moved a polar bear from the North Pole to the savannah or a lion from the savannah to the North Pole, none of them would survive due to that they don’t have the high level of creativity of man, where man would develop ways and tools to survive in any conditions. Nothing on the planet have a value unless man implements a value to something. It is as simple as for example with designer clothes: we value them more than “normal” clothes in our minds as well as our wallets even though they have the same function.

The Juche idea also states that laws that prevents the creativity of man is against our nature. The fundamentality of capitalism is for the majority of the people to give away their time in exchange for money in order to survive. How and when would the working people have time to develop their creative sides when they give away their time as well as the hard earned money? The members of society in socialism is encouraged to do what they are good at, and to develop their creativity, and not for the sole reason to make money – as in capitalism.

“Establishing Juche means adopting the attitude of a master towards the revolution and construction of one’s country. It means maintaining an independent and creative standpoint in finding solutions to the problems which arise in the revolution and construction. It implies solving those problems mainly by one’s own efforts and in conformity with the actual conditions of one’s own POLITICS country. The realization of independence in politics, selfsufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence is a principle the Government maintains consistently.”

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