Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Common elements in personality cults

(related: 1, 2, 3)

I recommend reading this recent article (unfortunately no longer available) about the N. Korean personality cult.

I'm not going to say that Sam Lee and Sarah Barry were deified in UBF, but the personality cult was definitely in evidence. How many homes in UBF do not have at least one picture of Sam Lee and Sarah Barry framed prominently somewhere, especially that blown-up black and white photo of Barry as a "southern belle" or "Mississippi princess" from the 50s? At least in the home I grew up in, their pictures were framed and placed very prominently. It's as if they were part of my extended family.