Entries by Lance Hansen


Kid-Lit of the Revolution

“…it turns out, Kim Jong Il —along with dad Kim Il Sung — were prolific children’s book authors. According to fresh research published in The International Review of Korean Studies, each of the dictators wrote books for young people that were equal parts propaganda and parable. It’s not clear whether the youthful Kim Jong Un […]


Reality Shows of the Dictators

PUTIN YOU ON “Smile!  You’re on Candid Comrade!”  The playful side of Vladimir Putin is on full display here in this popular prank show.  Watch as hapless citizens get taken in by such hysterical practical jokes as having their tea spiked with the radionuclide polonium-210!  Hilarity ensues as the dupe’s condition steadily deteriorates until the […]