THE HEREDITARY COMMUNIST MONARCHY
Kim Jong-Il has allegedly decided to follow in his father's footsteps and designate one of his sons as his official heir and successor
. This move would confirm that that North Korea's extremely harsh- and increasingly bizarre - Stalinist regime is also de facto absolute monarchy.
While all Communist nations adopted a nomenklatura
system that established a permanently priviliged " New Class" of party elite, North Korea is the only state that succeeded in establishing a family dynasty. Romania's late Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaucescu
, an admirer of North Korea's juche police state
, was believed to have wanted to establish his son Nicu as a successor when his hardline regime was overthrown in 1989 and Ceaucescu was executed.
Let us hope that history repeats itself sometime soon.