Disgustingly, that still makes this a pretty big deal:
It what could be the most drastic change to North Korea society since the nation’s founding, the government has announced new rules that would give farmers some small bit of ownership over the crops they grow. Under the new directives — which have not been publicly announced, but have been reported by some farm workers — farmers would be able to keep surplus crops, sell them at local markets, and keep the profits. Under the current central planning rules, farmers must turn over everything they harvest to the state, except for what they are allowed to keep for family use.
It’s a hell of a thing when the above represents a Great Leap Forward, as it were. Then again, Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people, so I suppose that you have to grade the North Koreans on a curve. Or possibly the entire circle*.
North Korean farmers may be allowed to sell their crops; directive would be drastic societal change theatln.tc/Qz6i2S
— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) September 24, 2012
*No, I have no idea what that means, either. It sounded kind of cool, though.