|Marshal Kim Jong Il Confronts Neo-Colonialism and the Labor Aristocracy of the Imperialist Countries
Excerpt from Let Us March Forward Dynamically Along the Road of Socialism and Communism Under the Unfurled Banner of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle (September 25,1987)
The entire text is available for reading via the website of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (AINDF). http://ndfsk.dyndns.org/kuguk8/juche/07.html
As a result of capital being internationalized and of world imperialism having realigned itself, centering on US imperialism, capitalism has survived its imminent doom and made rapid economic and technical progress.
Since the end of the second world war the imperialists have not only aligned themselves with each other politically, economically and militarily, but also evolved more cunning techniques of domination and crafty methods of plunder. This is also an important feature of contemporary imperialism.
The imperialists could not help being extremely alarmed at the rapidly growing socialist forces and the upsurge of the working-class movement and national-liberation movement in the colonies. That is why they have devised new and more cunning techniques of ru1ing and crafty methods of plundering to weaken the influence of socialism and appease the working-class movement and national-liberation movement in the colonies.
The imperialists were keenly aware of the fact that they would not be able to maintain the capitalist system unless the working-class movement in their own countries was undermined, so they brought up large numbers of labor aristocrats, while striving to conceal capitalist exploitation and to subdue the resistance of the working masses through unemployment and poverty.
The imperialists also had to change the method of plundering their colonies. Imperialism has always existed by exploiting and plundering colonies. As a result of the second word war, the nahonal-liberation movement gained unprecedented momentum and the colonial system crumbled. This was a fatal blow to imperialism. The imperialists resorted to the crafty method of neocolonialism to regain their lost colonies. Unlike in the past when they had ruled and plundered their colonies by means of overt coercion, they now nominally recognized the sovereignty of the newly independent countries and developing nations and offered them so-called "aid". In this way they subjugated these countries optically and economically, exploiting and plundering them.
Neocolonialism became a means for the imperialists easily to infiltrate the developing countries. In former days the imperialist powers scrambled fiercely for colonies, but since beginning to rely on neocolonialism they have conspired together to penetrate the developing countries and pacify the resistance of their peoples using "aid", in particular, as bait. In this way they were able to seize commodity markets and raw material resources without difficulty.
With capitalist countries acting in collusion economically and technically and acquiring large markets and raw material resources in the developing countries, the level of socialization of production rose markedly, and production and technology developed quickly in the capitalist world.
These changes in the capitalist world offered the advocates of imperialism grounds for the argument that the basic contradiction of capitalism had been resolved and that capitalism was no longer moribund capitalism, but growing and prospering capitalism.
However, the basic contradiction of capitalism has never been settled, nor has the predatory nature of imperialism ever changed.
Capital cannot be anything but capital however international it becomes. The multinational company is nothing but a mode of existence for major monopolies; it intensifies capitalist exploitation and guarantees imperialist domination, on a world scale. A change, if any, has taken place in the method of capitalist exploitation and plunder in that it has become much more sly, and in the range of capitalist contradiction in that it has extended on an international level beyond the bounds of individual countries. Formerly, capitalist exploitation caused the phenomenon of "the rich getting ever richer and the poor getting ever poorer" to prevail within individual capitalist bounties, but nowadays this phenomenon is getting worse on a global scale with the world being divided into rich capitalist countries and poor developing countries.
Today the contradictions of the capitalist world have been exacerbated shall further, and imperialism finds itself in serious political and economic trouble.
Because of neocolonialist exploitation and plunder by imperialists, atonal industries in the developing countries have further deteriorated, the people of these countries have become poorer and their foreign debts have increased as the days go by. In the developing countries the purchasing power for capitalist communalities has declined and their ability to pay foreign debts has diminished. This cannot but be a blow to the imperialist powers, which have grown fat at the cost of the developing countries.