“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

This quotation from Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting appears in an excellent article on The Intercept that asks “Why Do North Koreans Hate Us?” and, unlike most Americans, actually tries to answer the question.

But I am not sure why the author assumes the regime would be just as violent or totalitarian today even if the U.S. had not “carpet-bombed North Korea almost 70 years ago.” War creates the conditions for a militaristic, fearful, authoritarian society, and 70 years is not so long ago, within memory for many.


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