Our July issue featured the story “Selling Iran: Ahmadinejad, Privatization and a Bus Driver Who Said No” by Billy Wharton of Dissident Voice, on resistance to union-busting, austerity measures and sale of state assets by the Islamic Republic. Our multiple-choice July Exit Poll was: “What is your position on the election in Iran?” We received 7 votes. The results follow:
I fully support the rightfully elected government of Ahmadinejad. 0% (0 votes)
All power to the people! I am with the protesters. 57% (4 votes)
It is wrong to pick a side. American Imperialism is the real enemy. 43% (3 votes)
So the winner is: All power to the people! I am with the protesters.
A tip of the hat to the Socialist WebZine, where the poll first appeared.
See our last post on Iran, and our Extra Credit Exit Poll results. Please answer our new Exit Poll.
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From Kim Alphandary in San Diego:
It seems like a satire
It seems like a satire about polls …
“All power to the people! I am with the protesters.”
In other words, I support democracy and so do the protesters so I support them, too.
The issue here is that the protesters did not really demand a democratization move.
It is wrong to pick a side. American Imperialism is the real enemy.
It is not always wrong to take a side but you have to try understand each motivation. The U.S. may cause a lot of harm in the world but Imperialism is a too exaggerated and naive thought. There are more countries besides usa which share the same responsibility in both ways.
A certain degree of satire…
…was doubtless intended. But the Iranian protesters are clearly demanding democratization, and the US is clearly imperialist.