Irgendwann fällt jede Mauer, ch. 2

With the fall of the Berlin Wall (and the non-physical but no less real barrier that Soviet bloc nations imposed on their citizens), it's easy to forget that intrigues and inspiring stories of people escaping from authoritarianism continue to this very day at the other end of Eurasia. Via North Korea Econ Watch comes a story about how South Korea-based organization Free North Korea Radio distributes satellite phones in North Korea to allow more communication with the outside world in the most sealed-off country in the world. FNKR, run by North Korean defectors, cautions that being caught with one of these phones can result in death, yet their contacts use them anyway.

This is f-ing incredible. I hope in my own small way to make a contribution to the cause of liberty by writing on this blog, by encouraging mutual aid at the community garden, etc., but this is real live cutting-edge action.

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enough little acts of

enough little acts of courage like this and no authoritarian system would stand on its feet too long.

Maybe we should apply for a grant.

CNN: But running a radio station is expensive, and FNK Radio relies on donations from South Korean citizens as well as an annual grant indirectly from Washington, through the National Endowment for Democracy.


Wikipedia: The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 to promote democracy by providing cash grants funded primarily through an annual allocation from the U.S. Congress. Although administered as a private organization, its funding comes almost entirely from a governmental appropriation by Congress and it was created by an act of Congress.

I always find it ironic (and even encouraging) when there are anti-State activities supported by States. The US Congress must agree that anarchists are doing God's work.