North Korea: Government Without the Pretense

The Telegraph reports that North Korea is implementing state-sanctioned haircuts for men and women. TIME Magazine had this to say:

“Women are allowed to choose one of 14 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed let loose with longer, curlier locks.

North Korea Daily Life

Men are prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 cm — less than 2 inches — while older men can get away with up to 7 cm (3 inches).

Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang, North Korea on Feb. 20, 2013.

Oddly enough, the list falls short of including its young leader Kim Jong Un’s current look — a variation on the high-and-tight that may be too much of a power ‘do for North Korea’s non-elite.”

If you know anything about government, it’s not odd at all for them to create exceptions to their own rules for themselves. Regardless, North Korea is a perfect picture of what happens when statism stops trying to hide what it truly is. North Korea is government without the pretense. They haven’t figured out public relations, or how to make the violent system of statism cool and trendy like we have in the United States.

The recent news out of Cyprus is that the Cypriot government was about to confiscate 7 percent of all the insured deposits in the island’s two biggest banks. This is not “taxation”, which requires a taxable event to occur, such as income generation, or a purchase. No, this is “confiscation”, the pretty word government uses instead of “theft”.

Personally, I think this is great news, because it is an in-your-face, no frills example of what government is; a legitimized mafia of thieves and liars. When they hide their crimes behind legal terms like “taxation”, it becomes unclear what exactly is going on. I would much rather the government just “confiscate” money so people could see what they are really all about.

In fact, 2015 was the first year that police stole more stuff than burglars did in the US.

This practice is called “Asset Forfeiture”, a fancy term for when the government takes your property, without even charging you of a crime.

No due process. Just blatant theft. If you resist, they will throw you in a cage at gunpoint.

The truth is, government is the outlet of sociopaths to manifest their insecurities and desires to control other people everywhere; the only difference is how well they’re able to fool people into thinking they’re some kind of civil superheroes out to crusade for the “public good”.

People in every country are taught to believe that their own country and government are wholesome and righteous, especially when they aren’t.

Ask the average person in North Korea if they think their leaders are doing their best to provide good things for their citizens, and they will most likely say yes, and genuinely mean it (not just because they risk being thrown in a cage for saying otherwise).

America is no different. We’re run by sociopaths just like anyone else.

We just happen to have the coolest sociopaths in the world.

Government is the one institution in society where sociopaths can carry out all manner of anti-social crime legitimately, without repercussion. Is there any doubt why government is so corrupt and out of control?

So, back to state-sanctioned haircuts. Crazy, right? We have a civilized government that would never do anything like that here in America, right? Check this out:

Kindergarten Boy Suspended for His ‘Distracting’ Mohawk

“When 5-year-old Ethan Clos showed up at school with a short, spiky mohawk last week, his fellow kindergarteners thought it was cool. But administrators at Reid Primary and Middle School in Springfield, Ohio, deemed the edgy cut too disruptive, and ordered him home until he adopted a tamer style.

The school’s handbook states that “Hair shall be worn above the eyebrows and must be kept clean, neat and trimmed” and specifies that boys may not wear their hair longer than the bottom of their shirt collars. It also says: “Hair styling or coloring arrangements which are disruptive or distracting are not permissible.”

Wherever government has absolute control, such as in North Korea, or the American Public School system, the outcome is inevitable.

And let’s not forget about the 5-year-old girl who was suspended and interrogated for hours after she told another girl that she planned to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun.

“The bubble-blustering little girl was originally suspended for 10 days for issuing a “terroristic threat,” according to Fox News. The charge was lowered to “threatening to harm another student” after a meeting between the girl’s mother and school officials, and the suspension was reduced to two days.

The kindergartener also had to submit to psychological testing before school officials allowed her to return to school.”

Or how about the 7-year-old who was pulled out of school by the police, handcuffed to a wall, and interrogated for 10 hours because of a schoolyard fight over $5.

“Cops took Reyes out of class, detained him for four hours at the school, then kept him in custody at the 44th Precinct for six hours, family attorney Jack Yankowitz said.”

Then there’s the 7-year-old Maryland boy who has been suspended from school after biting his breakfast pastry into a shape that his teacher thought looked like a gun.

Zero-tolerance policies, such as those in North Korea and the American government-run schools, are about instilling fear, conformity, respect for “authority”, crushing curiosity and individuality, and creating docile, obedient tax cattle to provide a luxurious lifestyle for our wise and benevolent bureaucrats.

North Korea: Government Without the Pretense