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Ought the United States, like North Korea, Have Forced Labor? . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 21 May 2019

Image: “Who doesn’t work doesn’t eat” .. Uzbek, Tashkent, 1920 (Mardjani Foundation), author unknown, 1920, public domain.

    • Community Service in Lieu of Prison Time
    • Prison ‘Work Release’ Programs
    • Work Camps as Work Ethic Education
    • On Offering Habitual Offenders ‘Rough and Tumble’ Jobs Far From Urban Centers

Dear Ones,

Here in the United States, we are faced with lack of funds to deal with big problems of homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, and poverty-line living. For some years now, these difficult problems have been before us, and felicitous solutions, to date, do not avail.

Why is it that we have not found viable, long-term solutions to these problems? I feel it is because we have not felt desperate enough, or perhaps innovative enough, to look outside the envelope, and see what other nations that have been facing similar problems have come up with in terms of solutions.

I took a look at the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s “World Factbook,” hoping to come up with some off-the-wall offerings, and came up with the example of the dire poverty faced by North Korea, and its institution of Forced Labor for public projects. Here is part of what I found out …


As I see it, in North Korea, the problem is intractable, long-term, incurable poverty. I have for you this quotation from the “CIA World Factbook,” with regard to the grim facts of the North Korean economy …

“North Korea, one of the world’s most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems. Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment, shortages of spare parts, and poor maintenance. Large-scale military spending and development of its ballistic missile and nuclear program severely draws off resources needed for investment and civilian consumption. Industrial and power outputs have stagnated for years at a fraction of pre-1990 levels. Frequent weather-related crop failures aggravated chronic food shortages caused by on-going systemic problems, including a lack of arable land, collective farming practices, poor soil quality, insufficient fertilization, and persistent shortages of tractors and fuel.

“The mid 1990s through mid 2000s were marked by severe famine and widespread starvation. Significant food aid was provided by the international community through 2009. Since that time, food assistance has declined significantly. In the last few years, domestic corn and rice production has improved, although domestic production does not fully satisfy demand. A large portion of the population continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions. Since 2002, the government has allowed semi-private markets to begin selling a wider range of goods, allowing North Koreans to partially make up for diminished public distribution system rations. It also implemented changes in the management process of communal farms in an effort to boost agricultural output …” – from LInk: “CIA World Factbook,  North Korea” … https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain.


Rather than asking people, who have nothing, for taxes, instead North Korea is conscripting people into forced labor situations for nothing … for free … to help with government projects …

… North Korea is a source country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; many North Korean workers recruited to work abroad under bilateral contracts with foreign governments, most often Russia and China, are subjected to forced labor and do not have a choice in the work the government assigns them, are not free to change jobs, and face government reprisals if they try to escape or complain to outsiders; tens of thousands of North Koreans, including children, held in prison camps are subjected to forced labor, including logging, mining, and farming; many North Korean women and girls, lured by promises of food, jobs, and freedom, have migrated to China illegally to escape poor social and economic conditions only to be forced into prostitution, domestic service, or agricultural work through forced marriages.” – from Link: “CIA World Factbook, North Korea,” in the section: Transnational Issues … Subheading: Trafficking in persons … https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html … public domain.

To some degree, the ‘forcing of labor’ in North Korea, I feel in some instances may be a substitute for the coined tax system … It is more like a ‘barter’ tax, you know? We might look at this practice and offhandedly think of it as a completely evil thing, whereas, in fact, it may be a necessary thing there, so as to keep the economy alive, in a situation where everyone faces starvation whenever (as is often the case) weather conditions are not good.

Image: “A farmer inspects his ruined crops in famine-plagued South Hwanghae province, where a man is said to have been executed recently after being reported for eating his two children,” Damir SagolJ, Reuters, http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1250764.1359505983!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_1200/article-north-korea-hunger.jpg ..


I feel that we have various forms of forced labor here in the United States … forced labor that may be less injurious to human rights, but nevertheless forced labor. It is just that we cushion it with other terms … more aesthetic terms … according to our ideas of how things ought to be. Here are two kinds of ‘forced labor’ that we look favorably upon in the United States …

Community Service in Lieu of Prison Time

For instance, North Korea has forced labor part of the year … during which the people in the towns have to work for the government for free or for almost nothing … That has analogies to community service at, say, $40 a day, in lieu of prison time for Coloradans.

Link: “Alternatives in Imposition of Sentence in Colorado CRS 18-1.3-104,” by Colorado Legal Defense Group … https://www.shouselaw.com/colorado/CO_alternative_sentences.html ..

Prison ‘Work Release’ Programs

Then, I noticed in Mendocino County, California, there are various prison ‘work release’ programs … home detention, work release, and work furlough …

Link: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office: Corrections,” http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/corrections/workrelease.html ..


Work Camps as Work Ethic Education

I recall that, in Russia and China, they think of forced labor as a way of educating people with regard to the work ethic … inculcating a notion of being productive members of society. And we might consider it like that too.

If we cannot house the felons in urban prisons, we could expand our programs to house them in work camps in rural or wilderness areas. These work camps might be viewed as offering education in the work ethic, and in that way, helping felons to qualify for good jobs after their release.

On Offering Habitual Offenders ‘Rough and Tumble’ Jobs Far From Urban Centers

In addition to providing work ethic education, work camp job experience would likely provide improved physical conditioning. This might help released felons find ‘rough and tumble’ jobs far from urban centers, occupations such as lumberjacking, or tramp steamer crew, for instance. Maybe, work in the mines, or in the deserts, or on oil rigs. There might be a segment of felons to whom rough and tumble jobs appeal; and this appeal might decrease recidivism.

There may be felons with many offenses, and whom we are unable to keep in prison. Yet if they are released, they might look for criminal work, and not wish to integrate into the general community. In some cases, they might fall into the category ‘antisocial personalities’. In such instances, it might be good if they found work away from the general population.

If California is unable to house multiple offenders, we might also consider offering those serving time the option to become a free person, or a semi-free person, in an occupation that is far from the general public … where the released prisoners cannot hurt the general public.


My thought as to whether forced labor might successfully be employed in the United States is this: Considering the American way of life, forced labor could never succeed here if it ruthlessly trammels human rights. I do feel, on the other hand, that the choice of modified versions of forced labor … as amongst the prison populations, or for released felons, or for the indigent … might be offered as an alternative, a free will choice, that might prove appealing, were its benefits to be properly laid out, and then offered by way of explanation to those undertaking it.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


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Omens Abound . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 11 April 2013

Consulting the Oracle 1884 John William Waterhouse 1849-1917 Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N01541

Image: “Consulting the Oracle 1884,” by John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917, Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N01541, from Wikimedia Commons … public domain (1)

Image: “Consulting the Oracle 1884,” by John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917, Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N01541, from Wikimedia Commons … public domain (1)

Dear Ones,

This morning I read Eileen’s post “Like a Prayer,” (2) in which she mentioned a visit she and her husband made to St. Abbs.


To paraphrase: They went down to the sea, and there they saw that dead puffins had washed up. Also, along the edge of the water, garbage had washed up because of a storm.

Then in the same blog were comments by Portia, who spoke of events in North Korea and in the world. She was thinking of the leader of North Korea, with loving thoughts.

Portia mentioned the Hopi prophecies to the effect that all living creatures would be endure a fire inside themselves. Some would be consumed by the fire, and others would attain peace after living through it.

Dead puffins, garbage in the water, North Korea, the Hopi prophecy of the fires that will burn us — omens, for sure. And I’ve been experiencing my own omens, as described below. Could it be these omens are portents of change?

Maybe the fearful aspect of the omens is just about the world clearing process? People digging in their heels — no! never! I won’t change! ?


At one of Peggy Black’s webinars last week (3), someone brought up the topic of North Korea. Peggy suggested envisioning the leaders of North Korea — Kim Jong-un, his aunt Kim Kyong-hui, his uncle Jang Sung-taek, and the new Premier Pak Pong-ju — surrounded by their spiritual guides, who are giving that good advice. That sounded like a good technique to me. In case the idea appeals, here is a picture to help with the visualization:

Image: North Korean leaders: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/13/article-2522859-1A1420DB00000578-805_634x572.jpg ..

Shown in the photo:

  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (with his hand on the escalator railing), First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea
  • His aunt, General Kim Kyong-hui (bottom left), Secretary for Organization of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Her drive and determination may be Kim Jong-un’s guiding inspiration.
  • And above her the new Premier Pak Pong-ju (with the fur hat on). The Premier represents the policies set by the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
  • And above him Jang Sung-taek (in the black coat), husband of Kim Kyong-hui, uncle of Kim Jong-un, and Vice-Chairman of the National Defense Commission
  • Above Kim Jong-un and to his right is a man whom I’ve not yet been able to identify

On the other side of the sea, I’m also envisioning United States President Obama surrounded by his guides whispering loving thoughts in his ear…

Image: President Barack Obama, https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/first-family/44_barack_obama%5B1%5D.jpg 


Starvation is stalking the people of North Korea.

Image: A farmer inspecting his ruined crop in North Korea, http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1250764.1359505983!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/article-north-korea-hunger.jpg ..

Most likely this awful famine accounts for the current political tension. (4)

It looks like a North Korean missile test may be in the offing, and all non-commercial traffic between North and South Korea has been halted. (5) The fear level in both North and South Korea must be pretty high, so today I’m envisioning the people of both countries showered with happiness, plenty of food, good health, and a hopeful future. I’m imagining that any missiles ever launched on this beautiful Earth have turned to showers of hearts, flowers, and love.


Getting back to omens, a while back I signed up for solar flare alerts — flares always put me through a clearing process, which is why I signed up — for a heads up on the possible subsequent cleansing turmoil. Anyway, I got an email today, to the effect that an M6-class solar flare has taken place.

Video of today’s solar flare: http://spaceweather.com/images2013/11apr13/m6cme_anim.gif?PHPSESSID=laofna531a9lb0bubirt506jf0 ..

Not to be too concerned — it’s a standard warning. And an M-class flare is not huge like an X-class flare. Maybe this is the cosmos doing its best to ease the world’s political tensions. That’s my hunch, anyway – the incoming solar wind is actually cosmic unconditional love, pouring down upon us….


Image: Healthy Human Aura, by Robert Joseph Donaghey; bright golden light inside the body, and bright magenta, orange light outside the body, http://www.artisticgenius.com/HealthyHumanAura.jpg ..

My last omen … yesterday afternoon I went to a service called ‘Soul Break (Taizé)’ at the local Episcopal church. I had no idea what Taizé was. Sounded mystical and intriguing, though. And I always feel warmly about the Episcopal church because my mom, who passed a few years ago, was Episcopalian.

Sparsely attended, the service featured song (with piano and guitar) and a brief, silent contemplation. There were a few little prayers. When I walked in, the pianist handed me a sheet with two of the prayers highlighted and asked me to recite them during the Intercession. It was great fun …

During the service, my heart opened wide — I guess it was the music, and remembering my mom, and how once in my youth I dared the fires of hell by attending her service rather than my family’s standard Catholic service on Sunday. It was a tough moment, but my mom was worth it! Nice to meet her friends there, too …

Anyway, back to the Taizé service: I began to feel my heart expand, and the clairaudient chatter turned totally ominous — I was being begged to stop feeling my heart, as this feeling of unconditional love was putting … whomever … through fiery torment. Egads, I thought, who do I have on the line here? Beelzebub?


Getting back to Eileen’s puffins and her topics of prayer and intent …

On the way home from the Taizé service, I tried feeling my heart with the intention of blessing …whomever… with beautiful light. What a ruckus! They proposed I was trying to kill them. So I thought about it, and changed my intention around to the prayer:

“I bless myself with beautiful light.”

Image: Young woman with her hand out, touching the center of a tunnel of white, pink, and violet light: http://www.artisticgenius.com/Light802.jpg …

This worked wonderfully well, proving to …whomever… that my intent was not murder. And proving to me that I love my own grounded expression very much. That I feel myself worthy to receive this beautiful light. Despite the negative energy I heard, I felt myself deeply blessed.

And so, in closing, I bless you, dear ones, with beautiful light! (But only if the notion is appealing.)

In love and joy,
I Am of the Stars


(1) See also: Link: “The Power and Prophecy of the Oracle at Delphi,” 26 October 2009, http://blog.aurorahistoryboutique.com/the-power-and-prophecy-of-the-oracle-at-delphi/ ..

(2) Citation: “Like a Prayer,” by Eileen at “Sacred Spiral of Light,” … No longer available online. Eileen, who wrote the blog, and Portia, in the comments, had great suggestions for methods of supporting wisdom in government.

(3) Link: “Wisdom Wednesday – Think Big,” 3 April 2013, by Peggy Black, hosted by Cyndi Silva. http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=39885645 – These webinars happen the first Wednesday of every month. They are free; Peggy Black channels healing Hathor sounds. For info on these and many other upcoming events hosted by Cyndi, see www.metaphysicalwisdom.com ..

(4) Link: “New Reports of Starving North Koreans,” David Knowles, 29 January 2013, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/report-starving-north-korean-father-resorts-cannibalism-article-1.1250773 ..

(5) Link: “South Korea Raises Alert with North to ‘Vital Threat’”, 10 April 2013, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22088835 ..


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