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Saturday, 16 November 2013

BDH on electronic communications

BDH volume P521 Sydney 26/10/13

4 comments:

  1. A fair point
    "how do you think the world got on before it came in"
    that will explain the private jet then??

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  2. The stunning hypocrisy of saying these things and then in a short time after selling the very implements he so decries. Has he no memory? Has he no shame? Has he no morals?

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  3. These pages are clear evidence that the leadership wishes it was better able to control the flow of information. This is common in cults and totalitarian regimes, because it is easier to control people if you control the information available to them. If you don’t, they can too easily discover they are being fed a load of rubbish.

    Several authors have compiled lists of the other characteristics of cults (in the sociological sense of the word). You can see several such lists at http://www.prem-rawat-talk.org/forum/uploads/CultCharacteristics.htm

    If you want to know whether HEBism is a typical cult, just look at some of these lists.

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  4. Kim Jong-un, the dictator who holds North Korea in his iron grip, has the same problem as B. D. Hales: he is battling against the digital revolution and he is beginning to lose the battle.

    He has banned cell phones, the Internet, radio and television broadcasts from other countries, foreign videos, uncensored books and DVDs. What does that remind you of? He doesn’t want his people to know how good the rest of the world is, and he doesn’t want the rest of the world to know how bad North Korea is.

    There are weekly indoctrination meetings that all citizens are expected to attend. What does that remind you of? They are constantly told that North Korea is the best country in the world, that it is steadily getting better, and the rest of the world is decadent and impoverished. Sounds familiar.

    However, slightly more than half the population have watched a foreign TV broadcast, an offence that can earn you the death penalty. Many thousands have managed at great risk to escape to other countries, sneaking past border guards with a shoot-to-kill policy. And slowly, thanks to the digital revolution, they are finding out that North Korea is actually one of the worst places on earth.

    They can’t afford to say so, even to fairly close friends, because about a third of the population would inform on anyone who expresses discontent with the regime. Now, where have you encountered that before? Speaking against the regime is a political crime and you can expect no mercy.

    But discontent is spreading, largely because of electronic communications, and the only remedy Kim Jong-un can think of is brutal suppression. So earlier this month about 10 people in each of 8 cities were publicly executed. In the city of Wonsan, for instance, a crowd of 10,000 people, including children, were gathered by the authorities into a stadium and forced to watch the killings. Some of the victims were executed for offences as minor as watching a South Korean movie.

    So that is another problem that B. D. Hales shares with Kim Jong-un: how to stop people watching movies.

    Here is what BDH said about movies (Vol. 26 page 74): “I would say if you're going to a movie you're going into the jaws of hell, teeth of the devil and the jaws of hell. You say, That's too strong. Not too strong at all. You get corrupted in moments. The whole purpose of movies is to corrupt you, the whole, sole, solitary purpose of movies is to, is to defile you, and corrupt you, . . .” When a statement is worded as strongly as that, its effect becomes weaker because no one believes it.

    To any totalitarian regime, movies, electronic communications and universities are all part of the same problem. They are all sources of information that could undermine the regime’s credibility. They all give the Brethren leaders and Kim Jong-un the same kind of headache: the kind of headache for which there is no effective remedy.

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