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If you destroy billions, banks and the state will help you. I'm really worried. This is what I mean about my communism - not the Leninist version, which was total madness. Many leftists hate me when I argue that twentieth-century commu­ nism might have been the biggest ethico-political fiasco in the history of humanity. I think there is no other soft explanation. Some things were done well here and there, but globally it was a fiasco . But the problems, to which communism tried to provide an answer, are still here, more than ever.

In the same way, after 1 9 5 3 , North K orea recon­ structed, but in a much more efficient totalitarian way. But then after a certain point, it simply doesn' t work any more. What I'd like to do about North K orea is work out how to interpret this in a way that is not racist, because a typical European answer would have been : " Ha ha, you Koreans are primitive. Here is my answer. " No, I 49 Deadlock of Totalitarian Communism don' t think so. I think that this has to do with the spe­ cificity of the communist way of doing things, which can make us arrive implicitly at the true dimension.

I asked immediately who does the work for all those nice buildings. It seemed almost like a concentration camp. Yo u have military barracks for immigrant workers. They j ust seem like self-employed men who sold themselves into slavery. Many of them came from Nepal, Indonesia, or the Philippines. And for four years, they take away the workers' passports and claim that it is a safe way to pay the stipend. They are not even free to leave . They have to work without air­ conditioning where the temperature in summer rises to 5 7 °C.

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