[Marxism] Iranian Privatization (was: Models

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 21 18:47:12 MDT 2006


At 08:41 PM 8/21/2006, Yoshie Furuhashi wrote:
>Well, you actually know what I mean: the state and/or the ruling party
>set up and supervise workers' organizations, women's organizations,
>ethnic organizations, etc., whose leaders may become part of political
>decision making at various levels.  Workers, women, ethnic groups,
>etc. setting up their own autonomous organizations are at best
>tolerated, if they are not antagonistic toward the state and/or the
>ruling party, and at worst repressed, if they are antagonistic to
>them, especially if they also have any link to a hostile foreign
>power.
>
>That's been the mode of governance common among formerly and actually
>existing socialist states, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and many
>secular post-colonial nationalist states, many of which have been
>one-party states.

Sorry, this line of reasoning is utterly unfamiliar to me. For me, 
everything flows from the mode of production. "Workers, women, ethnic 
groups, etc. setting up their own autonomous organizations are at best 
tolerated, if they are not antagonistic toward the state and/or the
ruling party, and at worst repressed, if they are antagonistic to them, 
especially if they also have any link to a hostile foreign power." This 
could describe Nazi Germany, as well as Stalin's Russia.

>Most Basij members are poor, and like most revolutionaries from poor
>families, they are likely to be more socially conservative than their
>betters and resent those who have access to what their families can't
>afford; and the strata Basij members come from are the ones that are
>likely to be most committed to defending the Iranian Revolution from
>the multinational empire.

You really have to learn to distinguish between the revolutionary guards 
shooting invading U.S. Marines and striking Iranian workers. We support the 
former and oppose the latter. In fact, when it breaks strikes and represses 
students, it undermines the defense of Iran just the way that Stalin's 
thuggery undermined the defense of the USSR. 





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