Philby hasnt so far answered any of my questions, but I shall do him the courtesy of answering his.
Do I believe it is possible to build socialism in one state? Yes most certainly I do, and I have been personally involved, as a journalist, in just such an attempt in what was then the Peoples Republic of Mozambique. We failed the Mozambican transition to socialism was drowned in blood, as the apartheid regime, implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) backed by western powers, ravaged the front line states. In the dark days of southern Africa in the 1980s, I think I was a little nearer the sharp end of imperialism than the comrades who wax lyrical about the Kim dynasty after a guided tour of the DPRK.
Do I accept Dimitrovs definition of Peoples Democracy? First, my thanks to Philby for encouraging me to re-read some of Dimitrov. Secondly, despite all my reservations about one party states, I dont seriously object to Dimitrovs definition but I cant see that it has anything to do with the DPRK.
For example, in his report to the Fifth congress of the Bulgarian Communist Party, in December 1948, Dimitrov wrote The Peoples Democracy represents the power of the working people of the overwhelming majority of the people, under the leadership of the working class. Yes leadership of the working class, not of the military.
A few paragraphs later, Dimitrov wrote Embodying the rule of the working people under the leadership of the working class, the Peoples Democracy, in the existing historical situation, as is already proved by experience, can and must successfully perform the functions of the dictatorship of the proletariat for the liquidation of the capitalist elements and the organisation of a socialist economy. It can crush the resistance of the overthrown capitalists and landowners, crush their attempts to restore the rule of capital, and organise the building of industry on the basis of public ownership and planned economy. The regime of the Peoples Democracy will succeed in overcoming the vacillations of the urban petty-bourgeoisie and middle-class peasantry, in neutralising the capitalist elements in the villages and in rallying all the working people around the working class for the onward march toward Socialism.
Fine and nothing to do with the DPRK! At no point does Dimitrov suggest that the military, even if it considers itself a peoples army, can substitute for the working class.
I also note that Dimitrov did not found a dynasty, and the next leader of Bulgaria was not his son.