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Economic Fairness and the Unity of the Democratic Left

Mr. Alijani, an Iranian Religious-Nationalist Party activist, states in his latest article that economic justice for Iranians in the future can come about through the unity of the democratic left, nationalist and progressive forces. He then goes globe-trotting in search of the prescribed panacea and points at the success of Bernie Sanders, a non-believer, and Jeremey Corbin, an atheist, as scourge of capitalism and flag-wavers of social justice who are adored by millions of the young and dispossessed, Back home, in the contemporary history of leftists, he finds Nakhshab,  who split from the nationalist Iran Party to form a new socialist party that relied not on the will of the people, but on the dictates of the almighty God. The new party, acting on the instructions of the double-dealing Ayatollah Kashani, then proceeded to destabilise the Iran Party by creating cleavage among the democratic ranks. Nakhshab was a typical example of how democracy-seeking the democratic left are since he was chosen to work at the United Nations after the fall of Mossadegh.

Mr. Alijani then calls Ali Shariati, a supposed modern Islamic thinker, a giant intellectual, one whose attractive but deceitful discourses pushed a generation of young people, who had been bereft of political identity under the Shah’s regime, to seek solace in religion and later jump on Khomeini’s band-wagon. By the way, Mr. Alijani, who still maintains Shariati did not favour theocratic rule, subsequently found it necessary to flee the Islamic Republic for fear of his life.

He continues: the fact of the matter is that what at present can lead to hoped-for success in bringing about social and economic justice and prosperity for our people is unification of all the national democratic forces on the left, of whatever shade of religious or nationalistic belief. Any lingering thoughts for the formation of the proposed front need to be banished, especially given the possibility of the implosion of the tottering Tehran regime.

The thing to remember, however, is that whatever happens, it must be ensured that there is no place in the future for religion to run our country on behalf of the nation. One must not be deceived again by the preaching of the religious political thinkers, who have shown to be the proverbial chameleons.  At the time of a nationalist leader such as Mossadegh, they wanted girls to wear hijab and at the advent, or better-said invasion, of the Islamic Republic, they propagated the idea that Khomeini will go to Qom to continue with his religious duties and allow the religious-socialist, pragmatic, Bazargan to run the country.

Djavad Khadem


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