Class struggle is the only
alternative for working class
What happened in Iran in the past few months? Was it a confrontation between
bourgeois gangs? Has communist revolution begun in Iran? How one can explain
political situation within the Iranian political milieu? What do all of these
events mean for the working class? It is vital and necessary for internationalists to
evaluate, analyse, explain and learn lessons to look forward for the most
ffective and productive internationalist perspective and actions.
Birth of Islamic Republic a paradox
Shah, the king of kings who was a reliable puppet generally of the capitalist
world and in particular of the Western bloc, proclaimed that Iran was a stable
island in the Middle East for the capitalist world. Capitalism needs a stable
Iran in that region. Since Iran is among the world's top three holders of both
proven oil and natural gas reserves and also geopolitically located in a very
sensitive and important part of the world.
The stable island within a short period of time became destabilised and Shah’s brutal
repression couldn’t help him to stay in the power, especially when the working class
strikes and other movement started throughout the system particularly in the
petroleum industry. The bourgeoisie need an alternative to uphold the
capitalist system. The Islamic Republic was a powerless product of the worlds’ bourgeoisie
to give an alternate to the national capital to set up a capitalist system after the Shah’s
Islamic Republic was born with a congenital paradox. Like other republics in
the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran, has its president, parliament,
election but, it also has the supreme leader (khamenei), God’s shadow on the
earth. The supreme leader has power over the law and can dismiss the president.
Khomeini dismissed the first elected president of Iran, Banisadr in June 1981.
Capitalism needs stability to assure accumulation of capital both for internal and external
investors. Within Islamic capitalism, there have been always two visions or trends to approach
this goal. These two visions are theocratic and republic. Today, Ahmadinejad represents the
theocratic and Mosavi represents the republic to enforce the capitalist system in Iran.
The theocratic vision of bourgeoisie
This wing of bourgeoisie has a state capitalist vision and very closed social control
apparatus of society with an aggressive policy. They have bastions in the Pasdaran, the Basij
milita, the priesthood and the state apparatus. This vision, state capitalism with aggressive
policy is a risk factor both for internal and external investors. Western world has always
proclaimed that this wing must adapt itself to capital’s routines. To punish
theocrats, Western bourgeoisie through the head the German bourgeoisie made a gesture through
the Mykonos trial. “In its 10 April 1997 ruling, the court issued an international arrest
warrant for Iranian intelligence minister Hojjat al-Islam Ali Fallahian after declaring
that the assassination had been ordered by him with knowledge of supreme leader Grand
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and president Ayatollah Rafsanjani” After this, the bourgeoisie
could present a better alternative to reinforce the capitalist system by introducing the
new president, Khatami who was introduced as a president who wants “Dialogue Among
The disadvantage and consequence of the theocratic policy is insecurity of capital and
loosing capital from Iran. The capital flight from Iran between 1973 to 1988 has been
estimated about $ 8.16 billion. In contrast, the capital flight between 2005 and 2006
was about $200 billion. Iran’s Student Correspondents Association explained that the
reason for capital flight is “the policies of the ninth government fear for the
investment” (The government of Ahmadinejad).
We must point out that this is an official report and exact figures prove impossible to obtain
or is more than this. Security and guarantee of capital is necessary to assure accumulation
of capital both for internal and external investors.
The republic (reformist) vision of bourgeoisie
As mentioned earlier, today, Mosavi represents this vision usually called reformist.
Reformist Mosavi has changed his slogan from "Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic" to
"Independence, Freedom, Iranian Republic". What does it mean to be a reformist? Two
important and well known elements within reformists are, Mosavi and Hajjarian.
It was during Mosavi’s time, when he was the Prime Minster of Iran that hundreds of
striking worker were jailed or beaten to death. Thousands of political prisoners were
executed when the mass grave of political prisoners (Khavaran) was created and developed and
Saeed Hajjarian, the master mind of reformism, was the one who created and built one
of the world’s most brutal organization of the century by the name of
Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of Iran. “The
formation of the ministry was proposed by
Saeed Hajjarian to the government of Mir-Hossein Mosavi and then the parliament.” We need
to point out that the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran is one of the most horrible and
dreadful in the world and it is very notorious in its torture and terror methods. Mosavi
and Hajjarian are not less guilty than Ahmadinejad when it comes to workers right or other
human right issues.
This wing of bourgeoisie strive for privatising parts of the industry, more opening and
investment opportunities to the Western World and some reduction in the social controls.
In an ideal world this gang try to adapt the national capital to the world capital's
routines, to give assurance to accumulation of capital.
Now we need to address this question. Is social reform possible in our epoch? The First
World War has proved that capitalism has entered in its decadence and no more permanent
social reforms could be possible. Also, it is not longer possible to reform capitalism to
make better life for people. As a result, the forms of struggle for the working class have
been changed, the struggle for parliament, social reforms are not longer a struggle form
for the working class. The fact is that in our epoch, in the epoch of decadent capitalism,
parliament and elections are not different than a mystification and the main task of
parliament, is to legislate wage slavery.
“Islamic Japan” or Barbarity of capitalism
Eight years of war had destroyed most of Iran's infrastructure and industry and
needed rebuilding. After
the Iran-Iraq war when Rafsanjani took presidential office, his title has
been changed from commander of operations to commander of development. He proclaimed
that Iran is going to be a modern, industrialized country, very similar to Japan in
terms of development and economics progress, an “Islamic Japan”
and recently the
supreme leader (Khamenei) referred to Iran as Islamic Japan.
Iran is one of the countries in the world that has many young people. Its labor force has been almost doubled in the last nine years.
That means each month about 125,000 jobs need to be created. However, in practice, it is
impossible within capitalist framework to create that many jobs. Unemployment rate rises
in Iran and it has reached up to 12.5 % (in real life the rate is always higher
than the statistics). In the mean time, Central Bank of Iran reported a 23.6 % inflation
rate in Iran , one of the biggest economic challenges of the century.. Unpaid salaries for
months are a dilemma for hundred thousand workers in Iran. “No sooner is the exploitation
of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash,
than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord, the shopkeeper,
the pawnbroker, etc.”
This means, in reality a worker must have two or three job to support his family and
unemployment nightmare never goes away. In the real life the worker is working day after
day to create more surplus value to the capitalists. The labour force is goods in the
capitalist system but special goods that can create surplus value. Working class is target
to be attacked on living conditions every day. With the current situation in Iran, millions
of unemployed people, the young generation is suffering and they have no hope with this
brutal capitalist regime. The ruling class know that young people are more headaches to
them than an American or Israeli bomb attack.
“Down with dictator!” has been a popular slogan in the last months in the streets of not
only Tehran, the capital city of Iran, but also in the streets of all the major cities in
Iran. The real meaning of this slogan is “Long live democracy!” which democratic mass
medium have been blown on these illusions. To add this all democratic governments condemned
the police violence of Iran. But the question is why this “honest”
democratic mass medium
have been shoot up when the butcher of bourgeoisie slaughtered more than hundred or maybe
thousands prisons and workers each days in
What does that democracy mean? The following diagram shows unemployment rate in the
USA, EU and Sweden that increase dramatically.
Democracy is not a legal phenomenon without an economic root. Unemployment, job stress
and misery at work have been a nightmare for working class in the West world. In the
capital’s palpating heart USA, it is normal for a worker to have two jobs to support
his family. In the cradle of bourgeois civilization, France, job stress and misery
at work are reasons for a wave of staff suicides. “A wave of staff suicides which has
seen more than 20 workers take their lives in the past 18 months – some leaving notes
blaming job stress and misery at work.”
The real number is 23 not 20! In the paradise
of capitalism as a social democracy society, Sweden, where the social democratic
governments have been in place for more than hundred years, unemployment has been a
nightmare for working class. Unemployment rate is going to be increased dramatically
in the next coming years. The National Institute of Economic Research published in its
website: “During the forecast period unemployment will soar, and the unemployment rate
will reach 11.4 % in 2010 and 11.8 % in 2011.”
For us, capitalist democracy and capitalist dictatorship are two sides of the same coin.
Capitalist democracy is not a paradise for the working class without the same hell for
other exploited in the dictatorship countries. Democracy is not a perspective for us
but a very dangerous trap for our class.
The left of capital
After the election circus in Iran, which resulted in confrontation between bourgeois
gangs, political currents took different positions based on the position and
classifications. The left of capital as always tried to play its role as effective as
possible. Tudeh Party, Fedaian Majority became directly mouthpiece to the Mosavi.
The radical part of the left, “Worker”-“Communist” party of Iran proclaimed beginning
of the revolution even presented the leader of revolution (Hamid Taqvaee) and on another
ways supported the struggling bourgeois gangs.
Also, the other left activities have organized so many demonstrations to education the
people of the world about what has happening in Iran. As an example, they have approached
in so many creative ways to show the United Nation (UN) and the world what is going on
in Iran. One of their requests was to close the embassies of Islamic Republic around the
world because they believe those embassies are nothing but spying agencies. However, it
is very obvious that UN is only a nest of vultures. These activities and practices of
the left are very suitable for the Western World policies and interests to pressure the
In the absence of an established internationalist positions in the Iranian Political Milieu,
the organizations who are acting such as left parties, misleading people and in the
reality are carrying the interests of bourgeoisie and ultimately will manage to
present themselves as leaders of workers and lefts.
Class struggle is the only alternative for working class
The working class in Iran is experiencing the miserable condition of living every day.
They have been facing this situation for many years. The conditions and standard of
living not only is decline, political situation getting worse. In the past few years,
working class has been radicalized gradually and despite brutally of the regime,
organized tens of protest actions or strikes all over the country.
Of course workers have been on the streets but they acted as individuals
rather than as a social class. The only
collective force reaction against the repression comes from Iran Khodro and bus
drivers’ side. We must avoid
acting as cannon fodder for any of the struggling bourgeois gangs. We must expand
our struggle, independent of
all bourgeois gangs, against capitalism. Our slogan must be against wage slavery,
inflation. We need to fight only for our class interests.
Capitalism is the origin of all misery and adversity in the world. Our interest is not in;
to change rolling class as it happened 1979 without in class struggle and our aim must be
directed to destroying whole capitalist system. This is only possible from an
internationalist perspective. We don’t have anything to lose but our chains and a world to win!
Our revolutionary responsibility are contributing to class struggle and building
of the minority revolutionary organisation with aim to contribute to building
of the world wide Internationalist Communist Party, the indispensable weapon
for the victory of the Communist Revolution.
The working class is the only social class that can put an end to capitalist
barbarism and misery. This alternative that communists had proposed in the
past is more valid today than ever:
“Communist Revolution or the destruction of humanity!”
4. Asia Times Online, Aug 22, 2009