Flaneur's Diary: Living on the Edge
Observations of Tehran
in many of the scholarly articles and news reports that i have read there seems to be a consensus on how the current administration in Iran has been working to popularize its administration and the policies its has implemented by gaining the right to the city. in most ways the right to the city is slowly being overtaken by the global elite yet there is still a sense of loyalty to the lower classes in iran. a sense of welfare economics that trickles down from the bonyads and other clerical government institutions. this sense of welfare came out of the islamic revolution of 1979 in which the restructuring of wealth from the few to the many was meant to create equality and prosperity. this sense of loyalty has been very beneficial to the poor in iran in terms of creating a popular belief that the ultra rich need to share their wealth with the rest of the country. with such beliefs the people have more motivation to protest the differences in wealth between classes. this class struggle has in turn caused many unpopular neoliberal policies in iran to be concealed and caused the poor to have more leverage when it comes to the distribution of wealth. ahmadinejad's administration is keen to notice their political power and so does his best to relate to them with similar religious ideology and views about the distribution of wealth by making many promises to the people he has yet to fullfill (Blair, 2007). much of the ruling religious party is very conservative about traditional culture and religion yet does not practice the self control and equality they preach. however amidst the newly found power of the poor, the clerical government institutions and oil producing companies still seem to find ways of making huge profits and distributing wealth to the richest few under the radar of the lower class political authority.
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