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Iranian Revolution Democracy

35 Years On, It is Time to Return to the Democratic Spirit of the Iranian Revolution

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

2014-02-10-banisadr_600.jpg Ayatollah Khomeini and Abollhassan Bani-Sadr. Unlike 35 years ago when Iran had only a minority of democratic elites, today we have a large and educated middle class to support and defend separation of religion and state, a constituency large and robust enough to fill the kind of vacuum we had in 1979 that enabled the clergy to take over.