If there was a downside to the fall of the Soviet Union, it was the loss of spectacle -- no more monumental heads of Lenin or towering figures of workers and collective farmers. Retrograde North Korea is the last real bastion of communist spectacle. Remember Madeleine Albright's stadium visit with the badly permed Kim Jong-Il? Acrobats and bayonet-wielding soldiers packed the field while a stadiumful of people flipped cards to create large-scale inspirational socialist scenes. You need a totalitarian state -- or Vegas -- to pull off the... More >>>