Animal Farm reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism. The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin (“un conte satirique contre Staline“), and wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, “to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole”.
FILE – In this April 15, 2012 file photo, North Korean soldiers march in front of flower waving civilians during a mass military parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. North Korea’s military, founded 81 years ago Thursday, is older than the country itself. It began as an anti-Japanese militia and is now the heart of the nation’s military first policy. Late leader Kim Jong Il elevated the military’s role during his 17-year rule, boosting troop levels to an estimated 1.2 million soldiers, according to the South Korean government. The military’s new supreme commander, Kim Jong Un, gave the Korean People’s Army a sharpened focus this year by instructing troops to build a nuclear arms force. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a performance given with splendor at the People’s Theatre on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State Merited Chorus in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on February 23, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS
This nation was a product of the Cold War. Unfortunately for many people residing within its walls, borders, this war is a never ending one. North Korea has all the hallmarks of a brutal single party state; media censorship, Soviet style gulags, executions of perceived enemies, periodic purges of party elites etc. They have the unique distinction of being a country sized prison. No one is allowed to leave, under penalty of death or 20 years hard labor.