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  •  I respect his spending years on his studies (1+ / 0-)
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    Frank Whitaker

    The results don't seem to completely line up with what refugees say, though of course relying on them is the mother of all cases of sample bias.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:39:01 PM PDT

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    •  NK refugees come from least propagandized class (2+ / 0-)
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      Magster, Frank Whitaker

      North Korean refugees generally come from the lower socioeconomic strata of North Korean society, and not unlike 1984's proles, the lower classes of North Koreans are actually the least propagandized.  Combined with the institutional discrimination of the songbun caste system, they're the people with the least loyalty to the regime and the least emotional or material investment in its continuation.

      The fact that the educated and comfortable middle and upper classes are not fleeing this black hole of ignorance and oppression that could break down any moment suggests that the regime is effective at either winning their hearts and minds and/or buying their complacency Chinese-style.

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