At least we can all agree about the statues.
Figuratively speaking, I'd kill to have a monument like that in my yard, blotting out the sun, towering over the neighbors, reminding them of my oppressive majesty. It seems that I'm not alone, and some would do it literally: Dozens of ruthless African dictators can't be wrong.
North Korea may be poor, but it has no shortage of cheap labourers and architects. In fact, Kim Jong Il has been lending them out to build monuments, palaces—even football stadiums—for leaders across Africa. In return, he’s getting foreign cash: the construction projects may have earned the country US$160 million since 2000 alone, the South Korean news service Daily NK reported.
The countries where North Korea has found the most success are also places whose leaders can relate to a self-declared Supreme Leader like Kim Jong Il: Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Congo, all repeat customers, whose presidents came to power when Jimmy Carter was in office.
Now I'm no fancy critic, but I know what I like. And what I like is gigantic statues depicting heroism, triumph, and moderate nudity. To a man who has his own collection of North Korean art, every day must be like living as the hero of an Ayn Rand novel.