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If this isn’t a great example of power corrupting, I don’t know what is: see this Reuters report on an encomium to leader Kim Jong-Il on a North Korean website. Among Kim’s remarkable talents is his accomplishment of a “feat unmatched in the annals of professional golf by shooting 11 holes-in-one on the first round he ever played.”

Update: He did it with one arm tied behind his back and blindfolded, while chewing gum. What a guy!

HT: The Reform Club

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • It is a sad world where crazed tyrants like Kim Jong-Il remain in power. Forgetting the degree of his lies, they would be funny if it wasn’t so sick; it is unconscionable and morally bankrupt for the free nations of the world to continue providing aid to crazed tyrants like this around the world. This aid simply helps keep these thugs in place. These dictators are nothing but pirates who have seized the power of the government. They have no standing and the free world should not deal with them in any way. The free world must demand that in exchange for joining the modern world, all recognized governments must truly represent the freewill of the citizens of that country, namely be elected in free and honest elections. There will be those who bleat about how this isn’t possible in the “real” world. Tell that to the millions who are starving in the hell-hole that is North Korea.