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Aid with sanctions

Sanctions don't work. But food with propaganda does.
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With North Korea in mind, package all aid - Chinese etc with messages of non compliance.

Sanctions don't work because they hurt the people, but sending food wrapped in messages that hurt the government do not. Enough people would see the messages before it was repackaged and distributed.

This is a channel into the livelihood of the average citizen that could be ramped up or down. China has a big say here just by printing a different message on a bag of grain.

Chinese aid could be sanctioned to read -

"To the starving and oppressed people of North Korea"

bigsleep, Sep 16 2017

This is not a form of brainwashing. https://www.youtube...watch?v=Q2BfqDUPL1I
[spidermother, Oct 27 2017]


       This method hasn't made much difference to the USA.
xenzag, Sep 16 2017

       Well, clearly something needs to be done. Otherwise, there will be a military invasion of the South by the North, children as young as 4 or 5 sent to indoctrination centres to pledge allegiance to the flag of their new overlords ...   

       A few generations later, people will think that being forced to pay people to force you to pay them, and brainwashing children into thinking that it's OK to brainwash children, makes you free. They'll probably call it "Democracy", or something - except for the few who want to go back to the Republic, thinking that will somehow be better.
spidermother, Oct 27 2017

       Uh, [bigs], doesn't all foreign aid going into North Korea have to go through the government there? Are they likely to accept foreign aid wrapped in anti-government messages?
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 27 2017

       Nice description of the system there, [spidermother]. And I can imagine the " Make North Korea great again " campaign.
normzone, Oct 27 2017

       In a few generations the nation-state will be widely recognized as an obsolete relic.
Voice, Oct 27 2017

       That's a great link, thank you.
normzone, Oct 27 2017

       What [Voice] said.
8th of 7, Oct 27 2017

       Is that Link out of context? One wrote learning exercise doesn't necessarily mean brainwashing as long as the individuals are free to question and are given the gamut of answers.
wjt, Oct 27 2017

       //One wrote learning exercise// is that what you meant to rite?
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 27 2017

       //In a few generations//   

       Only a few? Bear in mind that the city state was visibly obsolescent by the 4th Century BC, but it took a couple of thousand years and an intervening dark age to upgrade from city states to nation states.   

       Some legacy systems are really hard to shift.
pertinax, Oct 27 2017

       A few generations of nation-states, not humans.   

       Collective organisms have long life-cycles. We should know.
8th of 7, Oct 27 2017

       Possibly a bipolar bear.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 28 2017

       Or it could be a type of rough outdoors survival cooking device, that would be used to fry up parts of the fierce beast, in which case it would be called a Bears Grill.
xenzag, Oct 28 2017

       If you used it to toast the rear ends of honey-making flying insects it could almost be called a Be Ars Grill ...
8th of 7, Oct 28 2017

       But not quite.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 28 2017

       No, that's where it all goes wrong, of course.
8th of 7, Oct 28 2017


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