Forever Under Construction


Posted in Iran by homeyra on March 19, 2009

Here is an article by Professor Ervand Abrahamian: Why the Islamic republic has survived. (h/t 99)

abrahamianAn excerpt: “In the three decades since the revolution, the Islamic Republic—despite its poor image abroad—has taken significant steps toward fulfilling these promises. It has done so by giving priority to social rather than military expenditures, and thus dramatically expanding the Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture, Labor, Housing, Welfare and Social Security. The military consumed as much as 18 percent of the gross domestic product in the last years of the shah. Now it takes up as little as 4 percent. The Ministry of Industries has also grown in most part because in 1979–1980 the state took over numerous large factories whose owners had absconded abroad. The alternative would have been to close them down and create mass unemployment. Since most of these factories had functioned only because of subsidies from the old regime, the new regime had no choice but to continue subsidizing them.” read more

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  1. boogiwoogi said, on March 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Well Homeira, it’s easy being out of Iran and talk about what’s happening inside. The real reasons for why it’s surviving is not so easy as it’s said here.

  2. homeyra said, on March 20, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I agree boogi. The point of posting the article was to highlight a pragmatic point of view in the midst of the general anti-Iranian demonizing campaign – I don’t mean that we are demon-less! We are dealing with our own demons .

  3. boogiwoogi said, on March 20, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Oh Homeyra, the subject of that comment was the writer of that article not you.

  4. homeyra said, on March 20, 2009 at 9:16 am

    There was no misunderstandings boogi. I just pointed out what was interesting for me in this article, while agreeing with your observation.

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