Iranian Intellectualism

April 6, 2011

The story of Iranian Intellectuals is a very sad story. When we look at the contemporary Persian history, we find that Iranian intellectuals were either hypocrite and stupid or hypocrite and charlatan, with the exception of a few real intellects. The number of real Iranian intellectuals can be counted on the fingers of two hands. We know that the intellectuals could be the brain of the modern society. They create new ideas for a better life and they try to prevent the society from making terrible mistakes. But what did Iranian Intellects do in 1979? All of them only made great historical mistakes. Unfortunately 99 percent of them were blind and ultra-stupid. But it’s not the whole story. What did Iranian Intellects do in 2009? Nothing. They were so stupid and passive. The ordinary Iranians were more open-minded and thoughtful than them. Many of Iranian intellects were among the most stupid lunatic lefts in the world. Many of Iranian intellects were and are opportunist and make secret deals with the ruling groups. In fact, they kiss the dictator’s ass or as Iranian says: “they rub/touch the dictator’s balls” (KhayeMaly). But there is just some a few exception.

Sadegh Hedayat, 1903-1951, is certainly the first real intellectual in the modern Iran. He is known as a novelist, but his letters and his thoughts are much more important than his novels. He came from a wealthy family, and his uncles were the key figures in the Qajar dynasty. He was among the first group of Iranian students that went to “Frang”, i.e. France, by the governmental scholarship. Iranians called the West “Farang“, that of course was the name of France, but Iranians used it for referring to the West, especially Europe. In the past, every one that went to Farang, called “Farang Rafteh” (i.e. has gone to Farang) and it automatically meant that he is an “Intellectual” ! The “Farang Rafteh” had social respect. In fact, “Farang Rafteh” enjoyed social respect, just because 99% of Iranians were illiterate and stupid. But Sadegh Hedayat was really an exception. He shows us that even in 100 years ago, Iranians could be wise and intellects if they want. Of course he had his own weak points, but they were not very important. Sadegh Hedayat, was not Communist or even Left at a time that Communism used to be the fashion in Iran. When 90% of Iranian intellects, even his close friends, became Communist, he remained free and independent. He criticized both Communism (Stalinism/Leninism) and Capitalism. He also was the greatest critic of Islam and the Mullah. He was an atheist, the first well-known atheist in Iran. In fact, he hated Islam and Muslims, simply because he could see the great paradox and the great tragedy of Islam and Muslims. His famous work, “Toop Morvari”, is a great satire on Islam and Muslims. He was a great critic of the stupid Iranian traditions (not the good and joyful Iranian traditions) and Iranian foolishness, too. His works has been banned by the Mullah in Iran, but many Iranian youth read his works. He committed suicide at the age 47, in Paris. He was buried in Paris, because he did not want to go back to Iran under any condition, even his dead body.

The majority of the “Farang Rafteh” were not like Sadegh Hedayat. It’s so obvious that many stupid Iranians went to Farang, and then automatically were considered Intellectual ! This stupid tradition is still alive in Iran, but just the names have changed. “Farang” has become “Kharej” (foreign country) and “Farang Rafteh” has become “Kharej Rafteh” ( i.e. has gone to “Foreign countries”). In addition, nowadays every one could easily go to the West, or get a university degree, Master or Ph.D., if he or she offers good bribe! And every one that had one of these university degrees, i.e. Master or Ph.D., or has gone to Kharej !, automatically is considered ” Intellectual”! and receive attention and respect form the ordinary people. Of course, this stupid tradition, had a funny result, i.e. many regime’s authorities tried to go to Kharei !, or get some of these fake Ph.D.s, especially from the famous foreign universities, like Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, etc. We have talked about this matter in the Mullah Mafia section. But this matter has created a backlash against going Kharej or getting Ph.D or university degree in the recent years, and now the university degree or going to Kharej, don’t show the wisdom as before !

The number of real Iranian intellects are really a few. Ahmad Kasravi,1890-1945, was not a real intellect, but he was an open-minded Muslim. At first he was a Mullah, but then after using of his brain!, he resigned and became an outspoken critic of the Mullah. The Mullah can not bear him and his critics, and finally when the UK toppled Reza Shah’s regime, and in the absence of a strong government, Kasravi was assassinated by Muslim fanatics, i.e. Mullah’s puppets, at the age of 55 in Tehran. His famous works are: “History of Constitutional Revolution”, “History of Azerbaijan”, and a dozen short books about Muslim fanatics and Islamic superstitions. Kasravi was not a real intellects, but he was not hypocrite and did not obey orders from above. He was Muslim, but he did not believe in the Mullah, and this matter had made the Mullah more angrier. “History of Constitutional Revolution” is better than other Iranian works about “Constitutional Revolution”, and we could trust it more than other Iranian works, simply because its writer is an open-minded Iranian, who was not hypocrite and did not obey orders from above. Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, 1880-1955, was not a real intellect, too. But he was an open-minded Muslim and a people journalist. He was the first Iranian journalist that wrote regular political and social satire. His satire column in “Sure-Esrafil” newspaper (that was a weekly newspaper) called “Charand-o Parand” (Crap and Nonsense) ! “Charand-o Parand” was really critical, and had made the Shah and the Mullah really angry. They blocked “Sure-Esrafil” newspaper just after 1.5 year and the main cause of it was “Charand-o Parand”! Dehkhoda fled to Europe and stayed there for a year. Dehkhoda had learned French language in 1903-1905, when he voluntary lived in Europe for more than two years. Dehkhoda was one of the main journalist and intellectual in the age of Constitutional Revolution. He also developed the first “Persian to Persian Dictionary”, that Iranians call it “Dehkhoda Dictionary”. In the recent decades we had have just two or three real intellects. “Ahmad Shamlou“, 1925?-2000, could be one of them. He was a great poet and also an outspoken critic of the Mullah and the Islamic regime. Some fake intellectuals like Al Ahamd, Shariati, etc. were really stupid. They were Islamists and the stupid ideologue of the f-u-c-k-ing Islamic revolution.

Hatam Ghaderi” is a real alive intellect in Iran. In fact, we don’t know any other known Iranians, inside or outside Iran, that could be a real alive intellect. Of course hundreds of unknown young intellects live inside and outside Iran, but the known Iranians are not real intellects, and 99% of them are fake intellectuals. “Hatam Ghaderi” is really an exception. He teaches political science in Tarbiat Modares University, and is the only well-known critic of Mousavi and the Islamist reformists. He was a critic of stupid Khatami in his eight year of presidency, too. We have discussed the Iranian matter with him, and he is really open-minded and free of typical Iranian foolishness. If Iran had just hundreds of well-known intellects like “Hatam Ghaderi“, the Green Movement would achieved victory in 2009. Unfortunately many Iranians that call themselves, or being called, “intellectuals” are really opportunists and fake intellectuals. Unfortunately 99 percent of known Iranian Intellectuals, are a bunch of hypocrite opportunists, or as Iranians say, are a bunch of stupid Khayemal !

The Geopolitics of Stupidity !

April 6, 2011

John Feffer has a very good article in Huffingtonpost with the title The Geopolitics of Stupidity ! Good title ! It’s about the stupid Terry Jones, who burnt Koran, and stupid American politicians. Here are excerpts of it: “What might in another age have been an ignored act of ignorant extremism has become, thanks to the magic of the Internet and its transfer of the means of production to the e-proletariat (!!), an international scandal … This Butterfly Effect has to be updated: the flapping of an obscure man’s tongue can send winds of destruction thousands of miles away … The preacher Terry Jones and his dwindling flock have followed the advice attributed to Margaret Mead that has inspired so many progressive activists: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Well, “thoughtful” might be a stretch when it comes to Jones (!!) … “We’re not big debaters. We’re not very well-educated” (!!) his son Luke told The Washington Post. “We’re just simple people trying to do the right thing.” (!!) … In our era of Palindrones, admissions of ignorance are what pass for heartfelt authenticity (!!) … The Pentagon doesn’t burn Korans, except by accident as collateral damage. Rather, the Pentagon is in the business of burning countries (to save them, naturally).(!!) … It was Stalin who said that the death of one man is a tragedy while the death of a million is a statistic … Burning a Qur’an is a geopolitical stupidity to be sure, but the bigger stupidity is to spend nearly $700 billion a year on a military that’s still ready to fight last century’s wars against adversaries that no longer exist (!!) … Since 2002, the US has provided about $50 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan, and the Obama administration has requested another $20 billion. Sounds like a lot of money? Not according to Pentagon math. That’s the exact figure that the Pentagon wastes in one year (!!), according to a recent GAO audit. And the US has devoted five times that amount on destroying the country to begin with (!!) … “Maintaining and constructing all U.S. bases cost American taxpayers $41.6 billion in 2010, according to Undersecretary of Defense Dorothy Robyn.” … It’s time to end the geopolitics of stupidity. On April 12, people in more than 35 countries and dozens of cities in the US will participate in the first-ever Global Day of Action on Military Spending … From Alaska to Brisbane and from Oslo to Cape Town, we will demand that the world dial back the military madness and devote resources to the real threats facing the planet: climate change, global poverty, nuclear proliferation … Here in Washington, DC, we’ll gather in front of the White House at noon on April 12 for poetry, puppetry (!!), and protest. We won’t burn any books. But we might just beat some swords into ploughshares (!!). Even Terry Jones might appreciate the biblical reference (!!). On April 12, let’s show both Jones and the Pentagon that a group of thoughtful, committed people can indeed change the world

That’s great. The liberal American citizens could see each other on April 1; The American protesters could have poetry, puppetry , and protest. But Iranian protesters and other suppressed nations just could the reverse situation, rape and repression. Americans could show the rest of the world that they could say no to both the stupid politicians and the stupid lunatic lefts. The great Howard Zinn once said: “If Boston had 1500 wise liberals, we would have a revolution there !!” Of course it was a joke, but had its special meaning. We should add at least one more item to the real threats facing the planet: Dictators that kill their own people in the name of independence And it’s a human duty that we support the suppressed nations. We should get rid of all stupid brutal dictators in all countries. The brutal dictators and the religious fanatics are as harmful as the nuclear bombs to our planet. “Say Yes to Global support of the suppressed nations, and Say No to any American military intervention in any country”