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Shocking Position of the Day

Via the BBC:  North Korea leader’s eldest son ‘opposes dynasty’

The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il says he opposes a dynastic succession that would see his younger half-brother take power.


"Personally, I am against third-generation dynastic succession," Kim Jong-nam was quoted as saying by Japanese TV station Asahi.

I am sure the fact that he fell from favor and was therefore passed over for the position has nothing to do with his position…

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Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. The Japanese reporter likely left out the part where the elder Kim referred to his brother as a “stupidhead”

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  2. c.red says:

    This is the kind of fun a country misses out on when they don’t have a royal family.

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  3. legion says:

    I’m sure Jeb Bush feels the same way…

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