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Voting in Iran – part 1

May 21, 2013

In any country a voter needs to have a moderate amount of confidence that his or her vote
will be counted accurately. The statistical evaluation of not only the 2009 but two previous elections should not make any Iranian voter feel positive in this regard. On the other hand, it is not obvious just how actual power to do anything the President and Legislature really have.
Iran needed and continues to need increased foodstuff production, better water, improved sewage treatment and modern communications. Then there are ports, roads and railroads to be modernized. A forward-looking government would also be aggressively pursuing an international magnetically levitated train system to move not only freight, but also pilgrims to Mecca and other shrines.
At present, Iran is not suffering from millions of internally displaced citizens as is the case in Syria and the Central African Republic. That said, problems with poverty and unemployment and substandard medical care remain formidable. While it has been historically profitable to be a crossroads for the East-West trade, an associated cost is that such a culture has to be wary of epidemics from both directions.
A lenient statistician might be less critical of a former colony with a recent history of despots ruling until the next coup. But Iran is one of the senior civilizations on the planet and should be setting an example for the rest of us. One of the reasons Cyrus was known, justly, as The Great was he understood the velocity of money: he would make more and his people would live better lives if he reinvested rather than piled up plunder.

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