USA: More Repressive Than North Korea (was Re: RES: a trip to North Korea)

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Tue Apr 25 11:04:10 PDT 2000

Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:

>I consider the USA today to be the most repressive society, not just
>abroad but also at home, based upon the rate of incarceration. The
>USA is decidedly more repressive than North Korea in this regard.
>Cuba is incomparably freer than the USA.

I hate the US carceral state, but could you make similar statements about Cuba or NK in public in those countries without risk of being jailed? "Incomparably" freer? I'd say bourgeois democracy is a bit more complex & contradictory than you allow.


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