Doing Business in Countries with Totalitarian Governments

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Debate the ethics of doing business in countries with totalitarian governments on the Discussion Board. Comment on opposing arguments, looking for holes and inconsistencies. Attempt to answer any arguments that are presented against your side of the argument.

"In its 2006 country report on North Korea, Freedom House stated that, "North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship and one of the most restrictive countries in the world." (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2007).

Totalitarian government is a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life powered by one leader.

North Korea is a communist dictatorship originally developed by Kim II-sung, who was the founder of North Korea and its first president. After has death, Kim II-sung president position was replaced but abolished and given to his son Kim Jong-il, the Head of State.

As a communist dictatorship, North Korea laws limits its citizens to very little rights which I think no one in the U.S. could handle. Citizen's limitations include:

Foreigners activities are strictly monitored which makes it hard to enter the country Aid workers are subject to scrutiny and banned from any places the government does not allow them to enter Citizens cannot freely leave the country or speak their minds Any citizens criticizing the regime is held in custody

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