Friday, October 26, 2012

Honk for Jesus or Vote Socialist

Have you ever passed by a church that says "honk for Jesus" on their bill board? If one is a hardcore believer in Jesus he might get tempted to honk his horn, but at the same time he probably refrains from it because he notices that the sign belongs to a competing church and that is not really his Jesus. He would save his honk for his own Jesus when he attends his church. I have good friends who are strong believers in Jesus and some of them are casting their vote for Romney because they mistakenly believe that Romney will at least implement their anti abortion, anti gay and other so called socially conservative agendas. Implementation of those conservative social agendas is pretty hard and gets harder by every new generation. It is very hard to turn back the clock of history.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gossip


My son, Bahman, on his FaceBook has an entry that says, "'gossip is just jostling for social position' – my dad. put that on a magnet". His quote was a phrase I had used to comfort a close friend about some gossip she had heard a couple of weeks earlier. I told her that gossip is part of our social DNA and we cannot do away with it. That is what people do when they meet each other. A lot of the conversation is gossip, talking about other people who are not present and I summed it up with the quoted phrase.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trauma

I was part of the Iranian Trotskyists and read the works which are related to my past looking for some  illumination.  Kamran Nayeri's attempt which I referred to it at the end of my last post did not shed any light.  It is wrapped inside of his criticism of Barry Sheppard's book that I have referred to in the previous post.   So if you want to find it you have to dig deep down in part 2 of his article.  There you will find Nayeri's version of the history of the Trotskyism in Iran.

Nayeri's endeavor at best seems to be mainly addressed to the good sense of those ex members of the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) who still mourn their expulsion.  What one learns is that from Nayeri's point of view there were several factions among the Iranian Trotskyists.  The good one he was a part of and the bad one was really a cult ruled by Babak Zahraie.  The other factions were sort of tolerable.  The whole diatribe seems to be about his complain that why Sheppard has praised Babak Zahraie in a sentence of his two volume work.  One thing I learned which was illuminating is that expulsions in political parties can be truly traumatic and enduring on some people.  I hope that Nayeri's article was at least therapeutic for him.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Partido


I have been busy working on my ongoing project started as a series of posts titled Perspective.  At the same time,  I have been involved with a group of folks who were interested in writing and within that group I picked up writing pieces of my memoirs.  My group has not met for a while and my incentive to continue with my memoirs has lost some of its juice.  Recent posts in Partido prompted me to write a few more notes related to both.
Partido is the name of a FaceBook group I believe was initiated by a comrade of my Trotskyist past, Les Evans.  At least I remember receiving an e-mail from him inviting me to the group.  Since then I have also been following the posts and the discussions in this group.