Life Under Totalitarianism


The most disturbing thing about the North Korean train disaster is, obviously, the tremendous loss of life. But I felt almost as big a chill when I read this detail in The New York Times:

North Korean television was broadcasting military songs and music -- standard evening fare.

An explosion may have killed as many people as 9/11, and yet that's what you find in the local media. Is there any modern society more closed, more afraid of information, than this one?