WHAT DO WE WANT???

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Imagine that you are at the head of state in Iran.  Now the question is what would you do about the following issues? Even if you are not the head of state, answering these questions still makes sense.  Because if a state does not respond to most of your demands, about different areas of life, that state is not really representing you.  On the opposite if a state properly responds to the majority of your demands, whatever that state is called, it is still representing you:

 

POLITICS:

 

FORM OF THE STATE:

 

1. Parliamentary Republic?

2. Shoraii Republic?

3. Constitutional Monarchy?

4. Other?

 

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RELIGION AND STATE:

 

1. Religious Government?

2. Secular State?

 

DIVISION OF POWER:

 

1. Number of Independent Branches of Government?

2. Structure of Checks and Balances for each Branch of State?

 

OTHER NEW POLITICAL MECHANISMS:

 

1. Voting for Propositions like in California politics?

2. Others?

 

POLITICAL PARTIES:

 

1. What criteria for allowing political parties?

 

FREEDOMS:

 

1. What rights do you desire?

2. How do you think rights should be constrained?

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

 

1. What environmental demands do you have?

 

ARMY:

 

1. Some nations have eliminated draft. What do you want?

2. Other desires?

 

WELFARE:

 

1. Do you want the state to have any welfare programs?

 

FOREIGN POLICY:

 

1. What does independence mean in this age for you?

2. Would a policy like Mossadegh's movAzeneh-e manfi make sense today?

3. How should cooperation with other countries be conducted?

4. How should the state relate to UN?

 

DEATH PENALTY:

 

1. Do you think this punishment should be allowed?

 

TORTURE:

 

1. Do you think this punishment should be allowed?

 

NEW ETHICAL ISSUES:

 

What Do you think the state policy should be in regard to issues such as the following that have resulted from the new developments of medicine and various sciences (biotechnology, cryogenics, nanotechnology, ++):

 

1. EUTHANASIA.

2. SEX CHANGE.

3. SPERM BANK.

4. SURROGATE MOTHERS.

5. ABORTION (if the fetus can be alive outside woman's womb).

6. METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL.

7. HUMAN TRANSPLANTS.

 

CULTURE:

 

1. What should be the state policy with regards to music and arts.

2. What educational policy do you want to see?

3. What research policy do you like?

4. What sports policy do you wish the state to have?

 

WOMEN:

 

1. What state policy for women do you desire?

 

HEALTH:

 

1. What state policy for health do you desire?

2. What anti-drug policies do you wish to see?

 

NATIONAL MINORITIES AND ETHNIC GROUPS:

 

1. Do you prefer federalism or a centralized state?

2. What specific political and economic policies do you wish for various nationalities?

3. Do you have any recommendations about languages of teaching in Iran?

 

RELIGIOUS MINORITIES:

 

1. What state policy do you wish with respect to religious minorities?

 

MASS MEDIA:

 

1. What state policy do you prefer for newspapers, radio, TV, and other mass media.

 

ECONOMICS:

 

1. What agricultural policy do you desire?

2. What industrial policy do you desire?

3. What plans do you recommend to facilitate reaching a post-industrial development?

4. What property relations do you prefer?

5. Do you see room for non-profit organizations?

6. Do you wish any changes in the structure of bazar?

7. Do you wish any changes in Iranian stock market?

8. What kind of state planning do you prefer?

9. What recommendations do you have for running major state enterprises such as oil industry?

10. What policy do you recommend to create the needed experts, inventors, and other researchers.

11. What kind of technologies do you prefer?

12. What plans do you recommend to create jobs?

13. What plans do you recommend to fight poverty?

14. How do you think new sciences and technologies can be used in Iran?

15. What plans do you have to improve social and economic justice in Iran?

16. What import/export polices do you prefer?

17. What regional cooperation do you recommend for Iran?

18. What OPEC policy do you like to see for Iran?

 

Sam Ghandchi

June 13, 1994

 

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* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on June 13, 1994

 

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