Today’s Impromptus is about politics, ideology, language — the usual shenanigans. One item is about this uncle of Kim Jong Un’s who has been removed from power and airbrushed from the regime’s propaganda. In my column, I use the expression “fell out of favor.” But what did the uncle do? What was his infraction? How did he incur his nephew’s displeasure? I don’t know, and, frankly, it doesn’t matter much. A Communist regime can invent any infraction, can seize any excuse handy.
(In point of fact, individuals occasionally do this too, in their relations with others.)
All political or social movements, I suppose, have their share of ideological enforcement and “anti-deviationism.” (That is a term from the PRC, I believe.) More liberal-minded people allow some zigging, within reason. And when I say “liberal,” I don’t mean “McGovernite.”
(I sense that that term is getting a little musty. Time to switch to “Obamite”? Although Obamism is simply McGovernism with greater and more nauseating pretensions.)