Iran: the interrupted revolution erupts
A workers’ revolution in Iran in 1978 and 1979 overthrew the Shah. Workers set up shoras, or democratic workers’ councils, which vied for power.
The Islamist forces defeated the revolution because the left wing nationalist and Stalinist parties rejected the idea of socialism for Iran and aligned themselves with their class enemy, the ’progressive’ bourgeoisie.
The way forward for the revolution in Iran today is for the working class to rise again and make its own demands for democracy and freedom. These can only be won through industrial action.
Just as massive strikes destroyed the Shah’s dictatorship, so only strikes, especially among oil workers, can destroy the present dictatorship.
In doing that the class must learn the lessons of the last revolution and not hand power to their enemies but push on to establish their own democratic organs of rule and take power.
I wrote hurriedly on this earlier during the week. See Iran: reaction, reform or revolution?
I will write more fully about Iran over the next few days.