On this day in 1948, North Korea, that is, the part of Korea that had been liberated from a lengthy Japanese occupation by the enlightened forces of the Soviet Union, declared itself the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, an Orwellian name, as it is neither democratic nor for the people but rather is one of the loci of intense human suffering on the planet, perhaps the worst. A few years later, in 1961, in another intense locus of human suffering, the brutal dictator, Fidel Castro, declared Cuba a socialistic country and suspended elections. He then instituted measures to completely wreck the formerly vibrant economy and reduce the populace to paupers. However, this is not just another day in the workers' paradises of Communism, May Day (a cross quarter day
) was a big Commie holiday and in Moscow, in the good old days, huge military parades with thousands of armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers rumbling across Red Square. I miss those parades.
Labels: Communist History