North Korean At-Will Employment

Kim Jong Un

Comrade Kim Jong Un pays respect at the Tomb of the Unknown Donut.

Next man up!

Kim Jong Un apparently executed another top general, allegedly for factionalism, misuse of authority, and corruption. Ri Yong Gil is the latest member of North Korea’s military elite to receive a one-way ticket to the woodshed.  Recently, General Pyon In Son got the axe (figuratively) for refusing to purge some junior officers and (former) defense minister and General Hyon Yong Chol got the ol’ heave-ho for falling asleep during a public event at which “Outstanding Leader” was present. Don’t forget the death of his uncle (and former defense minister) Jang Song Thaek – purportedly by feeding the feeble old guy to a pack of wild dogs.

I must say, I agree with Kim’s leadership style in principle, but not in execution. (See what I did there?) Subordinates must be kept on their toes. Comfort is the enemy of quality. You serve at the pleasure of the boss. This is why right-to-work laws work and why the federal civil-service shields don’t. (I haven’t seen anyone get fired from the Veterans Administration lately).

I have a crew working on my bunker right now. Maybe they forget to install a toilet in my panic room, maybe Truman doesn’t like the way they chew their food. It’s nice to have that baseball bat available. Or not.


About Chairman Mao

I like fomenting socialist revolutions and purging my homeland of pseudo-intellectualism and capitalist dogma. I also like sports, dogs and food (although I wouldn't consider myself a foodie).
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