North Korea resembling an Ayn Rand dystopia

NYTimes: North Korea, Facing Food Shortages, Mobilizes Millions From the Cities to Help Rice Farmers
The weekend mass mobilizations appear to be intended to help farms where machinery no longer works due to lack of parts or fuel.
This passage from Ayn Rand's 1936 novella Anthem, from the viewpoint of the narrator "Equality 7-2521", could almost be a report from the scene in North Korea, if not today then in another decade or two:
But we must never speak of the times before the Great Rebirth, else we are sentenced to three years in the Palace of Corrective Detention. It is only the Old Ones who whisper about it in the evenings, in the Home of the Useless. They whisper many strange things, of the towers which rose to the sky, in those Unmentionable Times, and of the wagons which moved without horses, and of the lights which burned without flame. But those times were evil. And those times passed away, when men saw the Great Truth which is this: that all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together.
Previously: North Korea as Mordor

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I'm so grieved for the people of North Korea. May their rescue come soon.
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