Propaganda: This Is How North Koreans Think Americans Live


This is, apparently, a bit of North Korean propaganda illustrating, not very accurately, how Americans live.

I’d say it’s a fake, but then real North Korean propaganda is so over the top that it probably isn’t.

My favorite part is when the US is hit for our gun violence. I’m certain that we do have more guns, and more gun violence, than North Korea. But then that’s because North Korea is a cruel dictatorship that would almost certainly be overthrown immediately if they started letting their citizens arm themselves.

I’ll take America’s deaths from gun violence over North Korea’s deaths from sickness, starvation and state-sponsored killing any day of the week.

One of the reasons why Americans embrace the individual right to keep and bear arms is so we never, ever end up with a government like North Korea has.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • RandyBoBandy

    Looks like Obama’s paradise to me.

    • Roy_Bean

      All he needs is a 4th term to get it done.

      • slackwarerobert`

        Do you think Ed Shultz can cover for him with his saturday matinee show when he messes up the oath 2 more times? I am such a bad person, I will actually laugh when the OWS get run over by obamas tanks.

  • Lianne

    Rob, where did you find this?

  • JoeMN

    So North Korea Communists are concerned over our guns ?
    I find this quite interesting.
    This could have been a propaganda piece from our media of tent cities springing up under the Bush years during statistical full employment.

    I’m hungry.
    Pass the grasshoppers please.

  • sue

    I love the former Republican candidate..Choked me up a bit, just before we drank our snow.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    I’m curious where you found this (and a translator).

    However, North Korea is a scary place. The people of North Korea are truly cut off from the world and have no ability to learn the truth because they have no access to it.

    I watched a documentary made by some eye doctors who smuggled in cameras under cover of charity work. Cataracts are much more common in North Korea than elsewhere due to malnutrition. They asked people what they looked forward to when they could see again: the answer was to see “Dear Leader’s” face. When the bandages were removed later in the video, to a one they all praised “Dear Leader”. (This was under the Kim Jong-il regime.)

    Imagine a similar video made with Americans. They would look forward to seeing family, friends, sunsets, etc. They would praise God, thank the doctors, etc. Honestly, the video was scary. These people do not live in the same world as we do.

    North Korea is a true nightmare and extreme in totalitarian government.

    • camsaure

      You would probably be right except for the hard liberals, they would react the same as th N Koreans.

    • slackwarerobert

      If I shoot up washington, will obama successor blame it on this video?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Ironically, this is how our street bums and OWS libs live

    • $8194357

      Speaking of OWS and progressive propaganda.

      when facts don’t match their fiction.

      Commentary from Paul R. Beane on KFYO radio on 1/24/2013:

      Good afternoon, I’m Paul R. Beane and I’m your right wing gun nut.
      You know me and fellow gun owners are responsible for all
      the carnage in our streets and our schools. Never mind that
      Ted Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my entire
      collection of firearms. Most of which I have owned since
      childhood when I saved my pennies and nickels in order to
      purchase them and each and everyone is in perfect
      workingorder. It is the responsible gun owners of today
      that is being blamed for all the shootings. Obama calls us
      the right wing gun nuts, clinging to our guns and to our
      religion. But lets take a little closer look. The Fort Hood
      shooter, a Muslim, and a registered Democrat. The Virginia
      Tech shooter, he wrote hate mail to George Bush and his
      staff and was a registered Democrat. Aurora Colorado
      shooter, he was a staff worker on the Obama campaign and
      took part in Occupy Wall Street. He was a progressive
      liberal and guess what? A registered Democrat. The Newtown,
      Conn shooter hated Christians and was a registered
      Democrat. The Columbine high school shooters were too young
      to vote, but both of their families were progressive
      liberals and registered Democrats.

      And one more thing, not a single one of these killers were
      members of the National Rifle Association. So I have got it
      figured out how to make this country much safer; leave the
      guns alone and lock up all the Democrats.

      I’m Paul R. Beane and that’s the way I see it

  • borborygmi

    effing hilarious. I think I will go get some snow in my village disguised as European Cities. I will then look for the poor Republican candidate looking for a cup of hot snow. Perhaps I will find a lone bird to put in my cup of hot snow so I can share it with a former Republican Candidate. The birds are yummy.

  • $8194357

    And this is what Di-Fi really thinks about how non privilaged Americans should live.
    Senator Feinstein was asked on the PBS Newshour, “What do you say to people who support the right to own arms (Americans) that this is the ‘camel’s nose under the tent’ and the next thing you’ll be after is concealed carry weapons; you’ll be after kinds of gun rights?”

    “Well that’s just not true,” Feinstein answered. “It wasn’t true with the prior bill that was the law for ten years and I just think candidly that dog doesn’t hunt.” There she goes with hunting again!

    She was pressed, “Why shouldn’t it be true? Why wouldn’t you want to go after those other laws?”

    “Because that’s not what I’ve done in the past and it’s not what I’m doing right now,” she exclaimed.

    However, a clip from a 60 minutes interview in 1995, following the passage of the first assault weapons ban, tells us a different story about what she wants to do. She said, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up everyone of them (every gun) Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in. I would have done it.”

    Read more:

  • John_Wayne_American

    Don’t drink the yellow snow, It might be North Korean…

    I’m thinking all these well meaning gun grabbing countries, cities and others should tape a box of shells to every gun turned in then air drop them into the rural areas of North Korea It would be a good use for drones, and balloons.

    It would be interesting to see what the villagers might do to free themselves from that absolute tyranny.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Eating the birds on tuesday, friends in blue body bags, free blankets from N Korea…funny stuff

  • hadenoughofthebs

    Well lets see how far removed we are from N Korean type government. 2.2 billion bullets purchased by DHS, 2717 military/armored personal carriers purchased, 30,000 drones entering the U.S. sky, no 4th Amendment, Posse Comitatis all but gone, 24-7 wiretaps, monitoring of all forms of communications (loss of 4th), video surveillance on just about every street corner. I’d say stop the BS about us not being like N Korea, we’re almost worse now.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      You do realize that much of what you have posted is not true, don’t you?

      • hadenoughofthebs

        Really? Care to elaborate, please be specific.

        • slackwarerobert

          Not being like N Korea. We are much worse, at least they only have a few elitists living off the backs of their people, and they are content to keep the lavishness in hiding. Ours stick it in our faces, and we have way to many.

  • Guest

    Rob thinks this video is fake but if this fake propaganda you could imagine how bad the real thing is!!! Now let’s draw false parallels on the fake video to come to conclusions about Barak Obama that are absolute truths.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    How do we know that what we hear about NK isn’t propaganda?

  • Anon

    “One of the reasons why Americans embrace the individual right to keep and bear arms is so we never, ever end up with a government like North Korea has.”

    Tell that to Yemen, the country with the second highest rate of gun ownership in the world, yet also has one of the worst human rights records in the world

    • JoeMN

      The main export of the country of Yemen is terrorists.

      Yemen is ruled at the tribal and national levels by the brutality of Islamic law.

      If the current government were to be overthrown it would likely be accomplished by whichever Islamic tribe gets the most (illegal) arms from Iran.
      This story is from a UAE weak attempt at freedom of press, but you can still capture the gist of the problem

      The government is weak to organise the bearing of arms, let alone the
      ownership as it does not apply the ban of bearing arms equally on all
      people,” Abbdulkareem Shaiban, a member of the opposition Islah caucus
      in the parliament, said.

      “I would be stopped and checked at security checkpoints when I have my
      pistol despite my immunity. But tribal chiefs escorted by dozens of
      armed men would pass through without being checked. Some tribal MPs come
      to parliament accompanied by 20 guards.”

      Adel al Sharjabi, a professor of sociology at Sana’a University,

      “This problem of weaponry will not be solved if the new draft law is
      passed,” he said. “We do have nice laws but most of them are not

      “I know there are some influential tribal chiefs and weapons mongers
      whose interest lies in such a chaotic situation.

      “But when citizens finally receive equal treatment and get justice when
      they approach the judiciary, they would not have to use arms to defend
      their rights. Their weapons will collect dust at home and be pieces of
      heritage if the government does them justice.”

    • slackwarerobert

      Says who? I haven’t heard one armed terrorist complain they had their rights abused by the yemen government. Just proves we should be allowed better weaponry, obamas drones don’t care if you have an AK when it shoots you, and violates your right to life.

  • The Whistler

    Fricken Starbucks charged me $5 bucks at the airport for a coffee made out of snow.

  • nimrod

    Where is the line for those free North Korean cakes?

    • Onslaught1066


  • slackwarerobert

    Can someone explain why we haven’t bombmed the nuke reactor and test sights yet? N Korea ended the cease fire, so lets start firing. I for one would love to see the great all powerful peace prize winner negotiate for an end of the war.

  • slackwarerobert

    I though it was going to be a video showing that tribal savage basketball player with a face full of holes. Maybe a ticker tape line about plaxico shooting up a night club as well. But why the propaganda, just stream web cams from chicago anytime day or night.

  • $8194357

    And speaking of “propaganda”.
    See how the middle east glorifies their “martyred”.
    The smile of the 72 virgins…………


    Online Jihadis Embrace Instagram
    (Warning: Graphic Images)
    MEMRI, March 14, 2013


    Instagram is an increasingly popular social media company that allows users to share photos. The site boasts 90 million monthly active users, and says that its users post 40 million photos every day. Photos used on Instagram can be seen by visiting websites such as Statigram, which is a web viewer for Instagram that allows users to view and search photos.

    Since MEMRI first began monitoring the site four months ago, there has been a tremendous increase of its use by online jihadis. A common theme of the photos that they post is images of and quotes by Al-Qaeda leaders such as Osama bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and many others. Another theme is the glorification of imprisoned jihadis: the Blind Sheikh Omar Abd Al-Rahman, Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and many others who have successfully attacked Americans.
    Following the recent phenomenon of the dissemination of photos of dead jihadi “martyrs” on Twitter, many of the same images, and similar ones, can be found on Instagram.