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Iran's road to democracy
Iran Press Service ^ | 2005 Apr 18 | Mohsen Sazegara

Posted on 04/19/2005 8:38:02 AM PDT by Wiz

A quarter-century has passed in Iran since the revolution of February 1979. This can be called the period of “three republics”. The first began with the revolution, lasted throughout the 1980-88 war with Iraq, and ended with the death of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.

The second was the era of consolidation of state institutions under the presidency of Hashemi Rafsanjani from 1989 to 1997. The third was ushered in by the election of President Mohammad Khatami on a reform platform in 1997.

The third republic will end with the election of a new president in June 2005. What will replace it? Where is Iran going? The best way to answer these questions – which are far wider than the mere identity of the new president – is to understand how these twenty-six momentous years have changed Iran as a country and we Iranians ourselves.

Three generations, five transformations

Iranians today belong to three generations. The first, my own, I call the “generation of the revolution”: people now in their 50s and 60s who were actively involved in the revolution. We belong ideologically to the mid-1960s and were heavily influenced by revolutionary discourses.

The second generation is the “generation of war”: people who were under 20 years old at the time of the revolution. They came to maturity during the Iran-Iraq war, when 265,000 Iranians died. This generation, who got involved in social and political affairs after the war ended, believed in what we said even more than we did. Now, they are disillusioned and have become passive.

The third generation are people in their 20s and younger – the majority of the country’s population. This generation knows little and cares less about the revolution or Shah.

(Excerpt) Read more at iran-press-service.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democracy; dominoes; iran
My generation thought about revolution and nothing more. But now Iranians are thinking about liberalism: Kant and neo-Kantianism.

Iranians should stay away from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, which regrets the "right to revolution" introduced by John Locke, and shares views of socialism, both that justifies and stabilize the current regime of Iran.

1 posted on 04/19/2005 8:38:05 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: Evolution; F14 Pilot; freedom44; DoctorZIn

Iran ping! Look who wrote the article.


2 posted on 04/19/2005 8:39:33 AM PDT by Wiz
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Notice: I've cutted some sentence in between to qualify the terms of excerpt. The article is very descriptive about the background of Iran in modern days. If you are interested in the topic, you may want to go to the site and read the whole article.


3 posted on 04/19/2005 8:43:08 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: Wiz
Yes, our visiting dissident
4 posted on 04/19/2005 9:17:55 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: nuconvert; Wiz

I think he is trusted some how and I think he has mentioned too many times so far that the current constitution should be changed/removed completely and AN END to current constitution which puts the supreme leader as the CHARGE D'AFFAIR of the AGES (VALI-YE FAQIH) means an END to the regime.


5 posted on 04/19/2005 9:53:23 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: Wiz
Iranians should stay away from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, which regrets the "right to revolution" introduced by John Locke, and shares views of socialism, both that justifies and stabilize the current regime of Iran

How does Kant support Socialism?

He is a major critic of utilitarinism.

6 posted on 04/19/2005 11:12:32 AM PDT by Evolution
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