Wednesday, 18 July 2018
My thoughts on Juche and Brexit -special article by Dr Dermot Hudson
It is important for Juche idea followers to apply Juche to the sitiation intheir countries and look at questions from a Juche perspective .
Today in Britain the hottest political topic and most controversial one is the question of withdrawal from the European Union , known as 'Brexit ' ( a shortened form of British Exit ) .
On the 23rd of June 2016 the British people voted to end the membership of the European Union (EU) but two years later Britain is still a member of the EU . People are asking 'why does Britain just leave , just quit the EU immediately and unconditionally . After all there is no need for the British people to have to pay a penny to the EU because membership of the EU was something imposed on the British by the elite , by the monopoly capitalist ruling class. The experience of membership of the EU for British people has been overwhelmingly negative : when Britain joined the old European Economic Community or Common Market(as the EU was then called) in the 1970s food prices jumped ( I believe doubled or trebled), meat in particular increased in price .Later unemployment increasing as industries such as coal and steel went into decline mainly because of the EU.
It is worth pointing out , in passing , that the EU was originally formed as the economic counterpart of NATO and as an anti-communist bulwark against the USSR and other socialist countries. Moreover the original foundation document of the EU the Treaty of Rome stipulates that the EU is based on the principle of the free maket, There is absolutely nothing progressive about the EU , though some on the Left mistakenly think so . Of course the idea of "European unification " is not new , it was first advocated by Hitler and also by the British fascist leader Oswald Moseley( in his book "Europe A Nation")
The subject of Brexit. is a subject that causes division , the Right is divided on the subject and the Left as well . The divisions over the question are particularly acute within the ruling class and the ruling Conservative Party . Recently , Boris Johnson and others resigned from the government . It is being said that the Brexit dream is being betrayed by the government of Theresa May .It is said that Brexit could cause the break up and downfall of the ruling Conservative party . Not only are there divisions over the question of British withdrawal from the EU but there are divisions between so-called 'hard ' Brexit and 'soft' Brexit. Some facts are important for the understanding of the Brexit issue . The dominant section of the ruling class is against British withdrawal from the EU because they support globalisation at any cost , even losing national sovereignty . This reflects the desire of monopoly and finance capital to integrate into a globalized world capitalist economy. However
a noisy grouping of mavericks and eccentrics within the ruling class believe in British withdrawal from the EU , they tend to represent the interests of small and medium-sized capital or are actually political opportunists seeking to build on massive discontent with the EU and use it for their own ends.
Those who support remaining in the EU ,which was rejected by the people, are using the tactic is to delay the withdrawal from the EU through deliberate prevarication and also arguing for a second referendum to reverse the result of the June 23 2016 referendum .
What is the stand of British Juche idea followers on the issue of Brexit and the current crisis over Brexit ? Firstly , we should support full and unconditional withdrawal from the EU . Juche means independence , political independence and economic independence.President KIM IL SUNG said
"In order to become the master of destiny , a nation must have an independent government firmly guarntee political independence .This is why the Juche idea should first be embodied as the principle of independence in politics "
(KIM IL SUNG " On Some Problems of Our Party's Juche Idea and the government of the Republic's Internal and External Policies " )
Membership of the EU (and indeed NATO as well) deprive Britain of political independence . Also the EU by stipulating the so-called 'free movement of goods and capital' , completely rules ou the idea any member nation building its own self-reliant , independent national economy . Of course 'Left' supporters of the EU should note that the EU rules out any member state have a planned economy, the EU basically stipulates that all member states should have a market economy . EU budgetary rules demand public spending cuts as well.
The EU is basically part and parcel , in fact central to, of the imperialist policy of globalisation and neo-liberalism . The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL in his classic thesis "On Preserving the Juche character and national character of the revolution and construction"
We must smash up the vicious and cunning policy of the imperialists who seek to obliterate nations and the reactionary doctrines which try to justify this policy.
The imperialists’ reactionary policy of suppressing the Juche character of nations and obliterating national traits is now taking on a new form in the guise of gangster-like fuss about the trend towards a “monolithic” world.In the situation where each country and nation shape their destiny with their own ideas and systems, there can be no “monolithic” world which covers all spheres of politics, economy and culture.With social development and ties and interchange among different nations becoming closer, common features increase in the lives of nations.However, this process always presupposes the independent and individualistic development of nations and takes place on the basis of such development.
(KIM JONG IL"On Preserving the Juche character and national character of the revolution and construction")
Basically withdrawing from the EU would be putting into effect the teaching of comrade KIM JONG IL that we should " smash up the vicious and cunning policy of the imperialists who seek to obliterate nations"
In the past we we formed the Juche Idea Study Group of England , some backward and ignorant elements opposed us , even sneering , saying 'Juche has no relevance in this country' and other reactionary and revisionst drivel . However Juche is indeed very relevant as has been shown above .
So what stance should British Juche idea followers take on the Brexit issue ? Well, firstly they
should support the total , unconditional and immediate withdrawal from the EU without paying anything to the EU , secondly , at the same time a "People's Brexit " should be supported , Britain should not be turned into a tax haven nor should it try to compete in the global market by lowering wages but instead wages should be increased and public spending increased , thirdly, an attempts to become closer to the US should be rejected as should any 'free trade deal' with the US, fourth we should emphasise independence and stress independence should mean not just independence from the EU but from the US as well , we should campaign for withdrawal from NATO and also the World Bank, IMF and WTO !, fifthy, we must stress the need for an independent national economy that will serve the needs of the people.
(this essay does not nessecarily reflect the views of the Juche Idea Study Group of England and its fraternal and allied organisation but is the opinion of it author).
Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Official Delegate Korean Friendship Association