[Marxism] Models

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 11:48:28 MDT 2006

On 8/21/06, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> >In the eyes of Iranians who voted for and have supported Ahmadinejad,
> >his program reminds them of the revolutionary currents in Islam that
> >expropriated large sectors of the Iranian and multinational ruling
> >classes in the early phase of the revolution..
> >--
> >Yoshie
> That's peculiar. Ahmadinejad's hand-picked economics minister has just been
> reported as stating that privatizations have to be speeded up:
> The Guardian, August 12, 2006:
> "We need to change the status quo," the finance minister, Davood
> Danesh-Jafari, said this week, promising that privatisations ordered in
> 2004 would be speeded up.

But look at what the very next sentence in this Guardian article you
quoted from, says:

"The finance minister, Davood Danesh-Jafari, promised this week that
privatisations ordered by Ayatollah Khamenei in 2004 would be speeded
up. "We need to change the status quo," he said.

"One plan is to offer discounted shares in the bigger state companies
to the 8 million most needy Iranians, in line with Mr Ahmadinejad's
redistributive "Islamic socialism".

There's probably a big difference between "privatisation" as in
"sell-off state enterprises to the highest bidder" and "privatisation"
as in "sell discounted shares of state enterprises to the 8 million
most needy Iranians".

The full article is available at:


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