Evidence accrues that despite bizarre efforts by liberal propagandists to associate Nazis with American conservatives, National Socialists were barely distinguishable from other ultra-leftists who have managed to achieve totalitarian control — for example, in North Korea:
Senior North Korean officials received copies of “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s rambling prison memoir, as gifts for Kim Jong Un’s birthday this January, according to a report by New Focus International, a North Korean news organization that sources from defectors and volunteer citizens within the country.
The famous Nazi autobiography was reportedly distributed as what’s called a “hundred-copy book,” which refers to Pyongyang’s practice of circulating an extremely limited number of copies among top officials, though most books are forbidden in North Korea. Gifts marking the leader’s birthday are typically imbued with special political significance.
Kim Jong Un wants his henchmen to be inspired by the revival of a broken and isolated Germany’s inter-war economy. But there are other things a communist dictator can learn from Hitler. According to New Focus’s international editor Shirley Lee,
“One source says there have been many overt attempts to imbue Kim Jong Un with an ‘intimidating charisma,’ such as having him shout very forcefully at associates (Kim Jong Il was never seen to do such a thing) and even throwing things at people,” Lee writes by e-mail. She adds, “According to another source, this may explain why the [official state newspaper] Rodong Sinmun has been showing photos of Kim Jong Un looking angry and scary — again, unprecedented in the history of Kim presentation.”
There is one big difference between the oligarchical collectivist regimes of North Korea and Nazi Germany: the latter didn’t have nuclear weapons.
On a tip from RF. Hat tip: Israel Matzav.