As the Turkish government slowly falls apart, there are continued stirrings of reform in Iran. Those who fomented Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 have been clinging to power for the last 5 years even though reformers have been elected to the Presidency and to majorities in the parliament. Every revolution turns reactionary eventually: it's as true in thought and culture (as witness, among others, the modernist and Chomskyan revolutions) as it is in politics. Yevgeny Zamyatin realized this soon after the Russian Revolution: "The world is kept alive only by heretics."

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