Monthly Archives: November 2012

Not Enough – UN Assessment November 2012

Latest round of UN assessments revealed a modest improvement in the output of grain in North Korea, but not enough for the country to fulfill all its subsistence needs. Based on visits to nine provinces during the harvest season (September-October), … Continue reading

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Alexander Chayanov, the Peasant Economy, and North Korea

Alexander Chayanov (1888-1937), rarely invoked in academic circles today, pioneered a new way of thinking about pre/non-capitalist agricultural economies that radically broke from the conventional formalist views based around the “rational peasant.” When the English edition of The Theory of … Continue reading

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