The greatness of Juche, rogue states and greater humanity
Russia's rapprochement with the DPRK is a wonderful initiative. It was the meetings and negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, the hereditary head of the DPRK belonging to the sunny Kim dynasty, that caused a stir at the WEF. The West commented: stop this rapprochement at all costs, ban any movement of Russia and North Korea towards each other.
But now, after a year and a half of dramatic SMO, we can really only count on the help of those who have resolutely embarked on the path of total struggle against Western domination, who seriously defend their sovereignty and rely on their sovereign worldview. And these are today, first and foremost, North Korea and Iran. And also Belarus, but we are one with them.
It is no coincidence that they are all labelled 'rogue states' by Washington. Those who directly challenge the globalist liberals are immediately marginalised and demonised. This is war and its laws.
For a long time, the Russian elite has remained under the complete control of the West - first of all mentally, culturally, ideologically. Hence the arrogant and ironic attitude towards North Korea and the ideas of Juche (which in Korean just means 'sovereignty', 'self-sufficiency', i.e. its Dasein). The same applies to Iran, which has proclaimed the primacy of the traditional values of the Shia religion and Iranian culture over Western liberalism. Here too, civil sovereignty is at the centre. The situation is the same with regard to Belarus, completely independent of the West, and its true permanent leader. Lukashenko is the guarantor of his people's freedom and independence, and therefore an 'enemy of the West'.
In general, the ideology of Juche (주체) is very interesting and original. This concept is not new, but is taken from Korean Confucianism. The ancient meaning of the expression 'Juche' is 'a thing seen from the side of the subject'. It is a direct analogue of the 'content of the intentional act' in Brentano-Husserl's phenomenology. It is not the thing that exists, but our representation of it. This is also close to Berkeley's thesis esse percipere est, but Kim Il Sung, the legendary founder of the new Korea, gave it a meaning close to the ancient Korean indigenous cult of Cheongdogyo, where it is interpreted in the sense of the spiritual sovereignty of the Korean community preceding the perceptions of the outside world. That is, it is ethnophenomenology, the notion of an intentional sacred act whose structures are predetermined by the specificity of the Korean mentality reflected in the things of the outside world. In essence, it is about total civil sovereignty and self-sufficiency. Furthermore, the project of building an ideal Korean society, free from the dark side of existence, which is overcome by synchronising the mental efforts of all Koreans, plays an important role in the Cheonggyo cult. The sovereignty in question is first and foremost the sovereignty of the soul (Maeum is 마음 in Korean).
The Juche doctrine simultaneously implies the total rejection of individual anthropology and the triumph of holism (the Aristotelian thesis that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts). The people are equated with a spiritual army (the doctrine of 'sungun', 선군).
What is most frightening in Juche ethics is 'low worship'. This is the most important term, it means that a person takes as a model something external to his people (민족), to his culture. He betrays the spiritual sovereignty of his soul and ceases to be a human being.
The Juche doctrine radically rejects capitalism and Western hegemony, despises comfort and is ruthless against corruption.
It was common to ridicule the ideas of Juche at the end of the Soviet period, when the liberal dissident intelligentsia itself had fallen into pure 'low cultism'. The result was obvious: the country, social justice, industry, independence and dignity were lost. In other words, the Soviet intelligentsia simply joined the Western demonisation of the ideological opponent, betraying its own community and identity.
Alas, this attitude towards the DPRK has continued even under Putin. As for Juche's homeland, we have continued to behave in a manner that 'kowtows' to the West. This is why we condemned North Korea's nuclear programme in the UN Security Council in 2016-2017. Over our heads. Once again, we followed the West and the West was already preparing for war against us.
Now, however, we have begun to correct ourselves. Putin's meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Vladivostok Economic Forum, Defence Minister Shoigu's earlier visit to Pyongyang, and Lavrov's announcement of a large-scale rapprochement and political-military partnership between Russia and the DPRK are important signs that we are working on our mistakes.
Let us be sober: those who reject Western hegemony are (for the West and its vassals) a 'rogue state'. Those who serve it - even the openly Nazi terrorist regime in Ukraine - are 'democracy' and 'human rights'.
Today's Russia is also a 'rogue state' in the eyes of the West, and the pro-Western (still 'low-life') elite in Russia agrees with this, but the decolonisation of Russia and the imperative of sovereignty require us to put an end to this. We need our own Russian Orthodox version of the wonderful doctrine of Juche, that is, a doctrinal formulation of our civil identity and self-sufficiency. Yes, we are open to friends, but we live in our own world, built according to the laws of Russian intentionality. We are sovereign subjects of history, not puppets under external control.
The West and its claims to truth must ultimately be radically rejected.
Like the heroic Juche people and the wise and steadfast Iranians. Like the gentle and courageous Belarusians, true to their identity. The West must be denied the right to be a universal subject. It must be turned into an object of study. Like a butterfly or a mushroom. Who a butterfly or a mushroom considers a 'rogue state' is very curious, but of course it is not the highest form of knowledge or a universal law. It is just an opinion.
The West is a region, one of many provinces in the Great Humanity. There are other regions and provinces in the Great Humanity. And they have their own opinions on who is a 'rogue state' and who is not. Whether it is ridiculous and backward to be a supporter of Juche or the Shia doctrine of wilayat-i faqih or whether, on the contrary, it is honourable and noble. Whether it is right to support the father of the Belarusian people or whether it is old-fashioned. The decision is not only up to the collective West, but to Great Humanity, and here opinions may differ widely. So it is with everything, with LGBT, and gender politics, and migration, and human rights, and capitalism, and private property, and civil society, and AI.
We need a profound decolonisation of our consciousness.
We need our own sovereign worldview. We have rebelled against Western domination, but in many ways we are still a colony. A mental colony.
We should not hesitate to learn from those who have already travelled a great distance along the heroic path of this rebellion.
Kim Jong-un, welcome.
The Far East will now be a land of freedom.
Translation by Lorenzo Maria Pacini