Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Visiting Patrick Henry's Red Hill
Sam Ghandchi

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"I remained a socialist for several years after my rejection of Marxism; and if there could be such thing as socialism combined with individual liberty, I would be a socialist still. For nothing could be better than living a modest, simple, and free life in an egalitarian society.  It took some time before I recognized this is as no more than a beautiful dream; that freedom is more important than equality; that the attempt to realize equality endangers freedom; and that, if freedom is lost, there will not even be equality among the unfree." [Karl Popper, “Lessons of This Century”, 1997, P.5] *


Yesterday I had a visit to 'Patrick Henry's Red Hill'! I was glad to go there even though my urinary incontinence caused by my disease and old age made it a bit difficult for me to walk! Brooklynn the tour guide gave a lot of great information about the place and took a photo of me in Patrick Henry's law office which remains from Henry's days, and the photo is attached to this note, and the tour guide said among other things how one of Patrick Henry's descendants still runs this memorial today after 250 years, where the last home of Patrick Henry was located in the heart of the State of Virginia right here in the United States of America! I took pictures of a few things that were particularly interesting to me, one of them is Patrick Henry's law office, which is original and its simplicity is very interesting! The second is a tree that is 350 years old and was 100 years old at the time of Patrick Henry! And finally, a photo of the 'paper cutter' that Patrick Henry was holding during his famous speech, "Give me liberty or give me death"!


I have published many articles about Patrick Henry in the past. Patrick Henry, who was a full-fledged revolutionary during the American Revolution of 1775, and then later, supported the Great French Revolution of 1789, at the end of his life in America, after hearing the news of the crimes that took place in France after the Great French Revolution, he opposed revolution like Thomas Paine at the same time! Of course, this author, as I have written many times, after experiencing the reactionary revolution of 1979 in Iran, and the later reactionary Islamic reforms in Iran, I came to the conclusion that the main issue is to achieve progressive transformation in society which is important and whether it happens through a revolution or reforms is secondary! BTW as I have noted in the past, Kant who along with John Locke influenced the formation of government institutions in Modern America a lot, was *not* a revolutionary and was a *reformist*, but supported the French Revolution because he saw it was *progressive*!


Anyway, when I visited Patrick Henry's last house the other day, for me, his words about slavery were interesting that I had not read before, and that was his criticism of the treatment of slaves in America, because he lived during the time of slavery and even owned 67 slaves himself; slavery was seriously challenged only 75 years later after the times of Patrick Henry, during the Civil War era in the United States when the slavery was abolished, and even another 100 years passed before Matin Luther King's anti-Apartheird Movement was shaped! Also, yesterday every minute in my mind I remembered the freedom fighters in Iran such as the political prisoner 'Toomaj Salehi' and many honest lawyers such as Amirsalar Davoudi who have defended them all these years at the expense of being imprisonened themselves, and prominent international personalities like the progressive movie director Mohammad Rasoulof! And especially I was thinking about "Toomaj's repeated call to abolish the death penalty" that even when he is under the threat of death, he speaks for the abolition of the death penalty even for those who have sentenced him many times to death! Really, one should learn fighting for freedom from the likes of Patrick Henry and Toomaj Salehi!


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi
May 8, 2024

























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