What is a Command Economy?
A command economy is an economy that is completely controlled by the government, which is displayed in the communist state of North Korea, led by Kim Jong-Un, who loves basketball, especially the LA Lakers; formerly led by Kim Jong-Il, who reportedly did not defecate, North Korea's economy has not improved since the rise of Kim Jong-Un. In countries that practice command economies, famish is fairly common in the people and is prominent in countries such as North Korea. North Korea is known for its "propaganda cities," which are designed and developed to make the impression of a striving economy. However, these cities, bordering South Korea, are solely used to attract South Koreans. No citizens reside in these cities. In addition, the majority of North Korea's budget goes towards the military because they hate America, except for American films. Kim Jong-Il has more than 20,000 video tapes. His favorite movies include First Blood and Friday the 13th.
What are the Political Effects of a Command Economy?
There is little to no freedom in communist states, such as North Korea. People must worship Kim Jong-Un, or The Great Leader. If the people of North Korea do no conform they are executed and their entire extended families are sent to concentration camps to be 'brainwashed.' In these concentration camps, prisoners experience the following:
- Water torture: Prisoners have to stand on their toes in a tank filled with water
- Hanging torture: prisoners are hung upside down from the ceiling and beaten
- Box-room-torture: prisoners are confined in a small solitary cell for three days or a week
- Kneeling-torture: Prisoners have to kneel down on a wooden bar to his knee to stop blood circulation
- Pigeon torture:Prisoners are tied to a wall and must crouch for many hours
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Command Economy
The disadvantages of a command economy are blatant. The people are barely fed, there are no private organizations, and there is complete conformity to the government. The people have no economic power or freedom, causing famish and poor medical treatment throughout the nation. However, command economies enables the government to overcome market failure, as well as prevent monopolies. In theory command economies should provide access to basic needs; however, that is not the case in North Korea.
FOPs in a Command Economy
In theory, only bare necessities are produced, equally, for all the citizens of a nation practicing a command economy. However, in North Korea, famish is predominant among its people. All goods are developed by the government. Citizens are generally assigned jobs used to develop goods that the government requires. The government controls labor means and wages, which are generally low, especially in Communist North Korea. Fun fact: North Korea is the only country that does not collect taxes.