Kim Il Sung's ideological and theoretical legacy
By Kwon Jong Son
Staff writer of The Pyongyang Times
April 08, 2006
President Kim Il Sung wrote numerous works with his intense
speculation and enquiry throughout his revolutionary activities. He
published more than 10,800 works for nearly 70 years from October
Juche 15 (1926) to July Juche 83 (1994), the last year of his life.
It means that he wrote about 160 works in a year or a work in two or
three days on average.
His first work is the programme of the Down-with-Imperialism Union
(DIU), which was organized to put an end to Japan's colonial rule
and liberate Korea.
His works give detailed explanations of the Juche idea and the
theory and leadership method based on the Juche idea. They expound
the policies the Workers' Party of Korea pursued in every stage of
the Korean revolution. Also incorporated in the works are the
theoretical and practical solutions to all the issues he found in
the fields of politics, the economy, military affairs, diplomacy,
judicature, education, culture, public health and others while
leading the Korean revolution and construction for decades.
In his works the President gave scientific and clear-cut answers
to the issues that arose in the advance of the times, including the
issues related to the essence of the world revolution and the cause
of making the world independent, the basic strategy of the world
revolution, the development of the Non-Aligned Movement and the ways
and means to be followed in restoring the socialist movement.
His works are characterized by profundity in content and diversity
He conducted ideological and theoretical activities not in the
study but in the political, ideological and military showdown with
the enemy and reactionaries and in the arduous and complicated
struggle to harness nature and transform society.
While conducting revolutionary activities, he always met
officials, servicemen, workers, farmers, intellectuals, students and
children to listen to their opinions attentively before writing his
So his works take a wide range of forms such as report, address,
conclusion, dissertation, editorial, thesis, talks, lecture,
discourse, answer, congratulatory message and letter, instruction,
order, directive, statement and proclamation.
All these have served as guidelines for the victorious advance of
the Korean revolution.
More than 24.57 million volumes have been printed by 2002 in some
60 native languages in about 110 countries.