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How exactly has the Kim dynasty kept the people of North Korea so passive and obedient?

Daily life in North Korea How exactly has the Kim dynasty kept the people of North Korea so passive and obedient? (For more than 70 years) There is a popular saying, “Wherever there is oppression, there is resistance”. This oft-quoted statement might sound lofty and uplifting, but, alas, it is patently false. As experience of the 20th century politics demonstrates well, it is quite possible to organise a state in a way that precludes the existence of any visible resistance – at least, for a long, long time.

North Korea’s forced rural relocation schemes sometimes lead to heartbreak

Officials in the city of Pyongsong recently selected about 150 “volunteers” for relocation to rural areas. There is a stigma attached to rural life in te DPRK because of songbun. Historically, people with low songbun were (or are) not allowed to live in larger towns and must work at menial or dangerous jobs. See Andrei Lankov's list of songbun categories. Songbun is the DPRK's caste system, having low songbun is a bit like being a member of a historically oppressed group or targeted by policy as bad. If there ever is a war, the DPRK may even plan to kill this approximately 1/4 of their population. Everybody who has a relative in the South is automatically put in this "hostile forces" caste. Millions of North Koreans of low songbun literally starved to death in the 1990s because they had low songbun and so the government deprived them of food.

Hidden cameras expose Kim Jong-un's clandestine weapon and drugs trade

60 Minutes Australia Tom Steinfort, one of the few western journalists to have reported from the hermit kingdom on multiple occasions, says North Korea desperately needs cash and is willing to do almost anything to get it, even selling weapons and drugs on the black market. Now though, these long-suspected crimes have been fully exposed by the unlikely combination of an extraordinary hidden-camera sting and a heartbroken family determined to get justice for their son, who travelled to North Korea for an adventure holiday but ended up imprisoned and tortured to death.