Communist Monarchies 

Outside of the Arabian Peninsula, where in the world do you think absolute monarchies still exist? A strong clue is given in this Daily Telegraph story about the fate of the North Korean soccer coach and team that had the misfortune to lose badly in the World Cup on live television in their homeland (bold added):

The entire squad was forced onto a stage at the People's Palace of Culture and subjected to criticism from Pak Myong-chol, the sports minister, as 400 government officials, students and journalists watched.

The players were subjected to a "grand debate" on July 2 because they failed in their "ideological struggle" to succeed in South Africa, Radio Free Asia and South Korean media reported.


The team's coach, Kim Jong-hun, was reportedly forced to become a builder and has been expelled from the Workers' Party of Korea. The coach was punished for "betraying" Kim Jong-un - one of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il's sons and heir apparent.

And what are the qualifications of Kim Young-one, uh, Jong-un to succeed his father, Kim Jong-il, as dictator of North Korea? Only that he is slightly less odious, in daddy's eyes, than his two brothers. Although Kim Jong-un is reported to be a slovenly drunkard, he still aces out his two older brothers for succession to the North Korean dictatorship.

His oldest brother, Kim Jong-nam, fell from grace in 2001 when he was arrested in Japan with a false passport as he attempted to visit the Tokyo Disneyland. Mickey and Donald might have appreciated the gesture but daddy was much less than pleased about this incident. The middle brother, Kim Jong-chul, was knocked out of contention because Daddy Dearest found him to be a bit too, um, metrosexual. Thus the drunken slob youngest brother is in line to inherit the North Korean crown by default only because his two brothers are even less qualified in the eyes of their father.

Is this outdated monarchical system just the result of some quirk in Korean culture? Nope. There is another country where the feudal concept of absolute monarchy is still in play. Cuba.

When Fidel Castro was forced to step down from power in 2006 due to health reasons, guess who among the many millions of Cubans was chosen to succeed him? His own brother, Raul. Surprise! Surprise! 

What do North Korea and Cuba have in common besides being defacto monarchies? They are also communist states which is ironic because for years leftists around the world, including in the United States, have been touting the glories of "scientific socialism" while the reality of that system of government in practice turns out to be nothing more than a throwback to feudal monarchy.

And for those of you wondering who will succeed the 79 year-old Raul Castro, we already have the answer. His son, Alejandro, is reportedly being groomed to inherit the Cuban throne. Unless, of course, he foolishly commits the error of making a beeline to Orlando to visit Disney World.

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