The Corporate Buyout of North Koreans
I am not a veteran political scientist, who after 25 years of diplomatic frustration and failure, is smothered in nostalgia for the Accords and still longing for renewed Six Party Talks. I am a cultural anthropologist who started work on denuclearizing North Korea only after I moved to South Korea to teach eight years ago. Although I am now quite familiar with the political theory and the ways and means of diplomatic gamesmanship, I am not overly impressed with either. Something more genuine and reasonable has been left out of their elitist equations…the common everyday people. Cultural concerns are naught. And while humanitarian concerns are voiced, there is much less attention paid to the economic survival of individuals in North Korea. Proposals for how to end the Korean civil war and reunify the country are therefore biased by both the bloodless and the bleeding hearts, with little common sense in between.
Considering the great danger of an unstable autocratic regime in control of nuclear-tipped ICBM’s it is amazing to me how few books have been published that might provide a solution. There have been five. I have written two.