Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) despite 34 years of bloody repression is still engulfed in economic and political crisis. Political crisis, tensions and conflicts between factions has always been a characteristic of IRI, but the current split within the ruling classes marks a new era.
Reformists once again saved IRI from total political illegitimacy, providing as a timely utilitarian safety valve. Rouhani provides a most suitable facade for IRI. He has held high positions at the center of armed forces and state security apparatuses, yet he has also cultivated an aura of diplomacy and moderation, two elements needed most for a politically isolated, economically bankrupt ruling class. The most likely course of events in the “newly elected” administration is a recourse and resort to the old administration of Rafsanjani and his introduction of neoliberal policies to Iranian economy and working class. In face of these continued neoliberal attacks on Iranian working class and poor, workers’ unity and self-organization remains the most valuable resources, and it is through such resources that workers will be able to achieve their demands.