The great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG was born 105 years in what was the village of Mangyondae(now a pleasant,beautiful and charming suburb of the socialist city of Pyongyang ). He was born into a most patriotic and revolutionary family but unlike the leaders of the capitalist countries he was born into a a most humble background . Several times I have visited the birthplace of President KIM IL SUNG and saw the straw thatched house in which he had lived in with his family. The house had no heating nor glazing and the utensils were very simple ones, indeed I remember seeing water jar which had been patched up several times. Unlike the rulers and politicians of the capitalist countries President KIM IL SUNG was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth .
From such very humble beginnings President KIM IL SUNG went on to become the founder of Juche Korea and a world statesman of world renown who was regarded as the elder of the international communist movement as he met many of the great revolutionary figures of the 20th century such as Stalin, Mao ,Fidel Castro, Che Guevara , Ho Chi Minh and Enver Hoxha. President KIM IL SUNG was also the leader who humbled imperialist Japan and Yankee imperialism and put Korea on the map.President KIM IL SUNG's life spanned the century which is why his autobiography is called "With the Century ". His revolutionary activities spanned 8 decades and he was the longest serving leader in the socialist camp being leader of People's Korea from 1945 to 1994 , a total of 49 years which is longer J V Stalin (29 years) , Mao Ze Dong (27 years) and Enver Hoxha(39 years).
President KIM IL SUNG was the founding father of Juche Korea. Indeed today's thriving and prospering DPRK is the most durable legacy of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG. When other socialist countries collapsed due to modern revisionism and lowered the Red flag , Juche Korea
stood firm as a rock in the raging seas of anti-socialism and anti-communism. Juche Korea raised higher the Red flag .It can be pointed out that Juche Korea existed for 71 years 6 months if you take Korea's liberation on August 15 as the starting point and 68 years if you take the foundation of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea . This is longer than the Easter European socialist countries that lasted for 40 to 44 years . The Paris Commune lasted only 7 weeks and there were shortlived
'Soviet republics ' in Europe which only lasted a few months and the Limerick Soviet in Ireland lasted only 12 days .Juche Korea is the most solid socialist country .
Juche Korea was born of the hard and ardous anti-Japanese armed struggle. The Japanese imperialists were the most barbaric and oppressive colonialists who lorded it over Korea ,committing the foulest and most cruel atrocities. They tried to wipe out everything Korean. The Korean people desperately need a strong leader, a revolutionary leader who would unite them to win independence and deliver them from the oppression of Japanese colonialism . President KIM IL SUNG learnt that it was useless to expect the rotten and corrupt bourgeois nationalists to achieve independence for
Korea as they indulged in empty talk and did not rely on the people. The so-called 'communists " in Korea were not better . These petty bourgeois middle class types indulged in factional bickering and mud-slinging , scurrying around to try and get recognition from the COMINTERN . President KIM IL SUNG realised that the struggle must be based on the people. He founded the Down with Imperialism Union with young communists of the new generation in October 1926 .Believing that the people were the owners of the revolution he authored the Juche idea , setting forth its contents at the historic Kalun meeting in June 1930 . Writing in his autobiography "With the Century " he said of
"The principle of Juche that one should trust people as the master of revolution and construction and rely on their force is the very political belief that I worship most and this is precisely the motto of my life that enabled me devote my whole life to the people. ".
On the 25th of April 1932 he formed the Anti-Japanese People's Guerrilla Army (later Korean
People's Revolutionary Army ) , a totally self-reliant Juche-orientated revolutionary people's armed force dedicated to fighting Japanese imperialism and securing the independence of Korea . During the early part of the anti-Japanese armed struggle guerrilla zones were set up and within them People's Revolutionary Governments , a new form of revolutionary power were set up. These distributed land to the peasants free of charge. Later the great leader President KIM IL SUNG the Association for the Restoration of the Fatherland. Korea was finally liberated in 1945 thanks to the Juche-orientated revolutionary armed struggle led by President KIM IL SUNG .
President KIM IL SUNG set about founding the new Juche Korea, a peoples Korea. He saw to it
that the hated colonialist ruling machines of Jap imperialism were smashed and feudalism as well.
Land was taken from the Japanese and rich landlords without compensation and redistributed to the
peasants, the tillers of the land , free of charge .The new people's Korea would be based on Juche and totally independent . It would be no one's puppet and would not be copy of another country nor controlled by another country . President KIM IL SUNG defeated the Right opportunists who clamoured for setting up a bourgeois republic and Left opportunists who thought an instant socialist revolution should be pursued without taking into consideration the actual conditions of the country .
President KIM IL SUNG taught that economic independence is the basis of political independence so from 1946 pursued the Juche-orienated line of the indepedent economy saying that "t "For complete national independence and sovereignty and for nationa lprosperity and development, one must build an independent national economy and thus firmly ensure economic independence."
Not only did follow the line of an independent economy but also he followed the line of
building independent armed forces and an independent munitions industry . It was at Pyongchon that the new Juche Korea under the leadership of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG established its independent munitions industry . At first some great power chauvinists in a certain country told Korea that they should not establish its own armed forces nor have its own munitions industry. President KIM IL SUNG also insisted that the DPRK should not simply assemble weapons made by another country but should produce its own weapons . This idea goes right back to the days of the anti-Japanese armed struggle when the Korean guerrillas made the Yongil bomb. It had been hoped that the USSR would supply a hand grenade factory but for whatever reason this did not materialise.
Juche Korea under the leadership of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG pursued unique and original Juche-orientated lines . For example it carried out agricultural co-operativisation in it own way rejecting dogmas about mechanising agricutlure first . The socialist transformation of private trade and industry was also done in an original way and rapidly . Basically the DPRK completely socialised industry and agriculture making it one of the few countries to achieve this . The original
Juche-orientated ideas and policies of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG were opposed by
factionalists who were revisionists and funkeys of great powers in August 1956 . They schemed to overthrow the socialist system and the dictatorship of the proletariat in Korea as well plotting to turn the DPRK into a pro-American 'neutral nation' . Although they were backed up by big powers who wanted to dominate and control People's Korea , they were soundly defeated by the great leader President KIM IL SUNG who relied on the people . He went to the Kangson (now Chollima
Steel Complex) Steel Plant and told the workers there the US imperialists , international reactionaries, revisionists and big power chauvinists had all ganged up against Juche Korea but they could only rely on the workers , the people . He appealed to the steel workers to produce extra 30,000 tons of steel over the planned 60,000 tons. The workers rose up with the Juche spirit, the self-reliant spirit and actually doubled production in one go producing 120,000 tons of steel.
Juche Korea did not join the COMECON nor the Warsaw Pact. It never allowed the stationing of
foreign troops on its soil . Today Juche Korea is the most independent country on the planet as it is not a member of the IMF, World Bank, WTO, APEC or EU . This is thanks to the great President
KIM IL SUNG who founded the Juche idea and built Juche Korea.Juche Korea became the model of socialism for the world . The Juche idea came to be studied by many people throughout the world. Well over a 1,000 Juche Idea Study Groups have been formed throughout the world.
Because of the example of Juche Korea and his role in founding the great leader President
KIM IL SUNG is is deeply respected and seen as the guiding light and inspiration.The International Friendship Exhibition in the scenic Myohang mountains in the north west of Korea is symbolic of the respect of the world people for him . Here there aeea exhibited are some 36,000 gifts sent to the great Leader comrade Kim Il Sung by different people throughout the world,everyone from humble workers To state and party leaders has gifts exhibited there. You will see the train sent by Chairman Mao Zedong of Peoples China and the bullet proof car sent by Stalin as well gifts from the likes of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Col Qaddafi , Yasser Arafat, Sukarno and Allende. and many others. Various international revolutionary leaders have praised the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG , for example the Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz former president of Cuba said he retrospect Comrade KIM IL SUNG staunch revolutionary, outstanding leader and great man known to the world who had devoted his all to the liberation of the country, human progress and the peace and welfare of the world people till the last moments of his life since he embarked on the road of revolution in his early years. Chairman Mao Ze Dong of China said "The fate of the world revolution and the international communist movement are on your shoulders, Comrade Kim Il Sung. I wish you long life and good health. This is my last wish”". Indeed the great leader President KIM IL SUNG is the sun of the world people.
Today the legacy of President KIM IL SUNG , Juche Korea is wisely led by the dear respected
leader Marshal KIM JONG UN who is solidly guaranteeing its independence and leading the Juche revolutionary cause to final victory !
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman UK Preparatory Committee for 2017 Gathering to Praise the Great Persons Born of Mt Paektu
Member International Committee For the Study of Songun Politics