Monday, December 19, 2011

North Korea?

I was asked by a student about what the death of Kim Jong-il means.  Other than more South Park references, I have no idea.  I am not sure the specialists have any clue about how son #3 will govern and whether the various folks will put up with him.  So, we get to watch and wait and see what happens.  Change at the very top of a very totalitarian society can mean "change" but it took something like thirty years to get from Stalin to Gorbachev.  It took a couple decades to get from Mao to significant change in a still authoritarian China.  Oh, and Egypt is not looking that terrific these days. 

So, right now it is shoulder-shrugging time.  And then going to youtube for some more  South Park fun.

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