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Friday, March 28, 2014

Bad hair days for all

A recent article in the NY Post said that Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, had ordered all the men in his country to get his haircut:

If you knew absolutely nothing else about North Korea, that one little fact is all you'd really need to pretty much understand what kind of country it is.

Just as a brief snapshot of someone's personality can sometimes give you all the information you need to make an informed judgment about him (for instance, that he treats waiters badly), so too can a snapshot of a country suffice.

It's not that North Korea hasn't given us plenty of similar snippets before. During the reign of Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father, the North Korean press announced -- with a straight face -- that he "regularly" hit four or five holes-in-one during each round of golf that he played.

Like father, like son.

It's tempting for a libertarian to attribute all this ridiculousness to communism, but in fact, while North Korea calls itself a communist country, it's really just another tin pot dictatorship run by a dangerous megalomaniac. North Korea could call itself a socialist paradise, or a capitalist empire, or even Eden, and it would all be equally meaningless: it would still be the same thing, Kim Jong Un's personal fiefdom.


Anonymous said...

I just realized how incredibly ugly this guy is. Maybe he figures having a weird haircut will distract people from looking at his face. I guess it's getter to have others comment on his haircut than on his ugly face. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
Yes, he looks like Porky Pig's greedy, disgruntled cousin. But something tells me nobody in North Korea tells him that to his face.

Anonymous said...

This is why Western media cannot be trusted.

The rule is for all college students to get haircuts like Kim. NOT ALL MEN.

John Craig said...

Anon --
True, that's a big change. But even requiring all college students to get his haircut is bad enough.

Where are you writing from? I hope you don't mean to imply that, by contrast, the North Korean media CAN be trusted. As much as our media is in the bag for Obama, to date there have been no outlets which have reported that he regularly shoots three or four holes-in-one per round of golf.

Anonymous said...

I guess his barber (or hair stylist) cannot tell this leader the truth, that his hair style is weird-looking. He needs a change, one that doesn't have him looking like a kid.