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Levels of Food Consumption

January 13, 1979 tion is not like the example of fish living in the sea of the peoples support. Rather, it is the case of small and .scattered fish surrounded by Crocodiles and herons". But the reason for the isolation was not simply the repressive apparatus of the Shah, but the culture of helplessness and alienation it had created among the workers who remained 'manageable sheep' became they saw no way to act. In this situation continuing guerilla blows delivered by even a small vanguard would not merely demonstrate to the proletariat that the vanguard could act, but would stir the proletariat to a consciousness of its own power and break the hold of the oppressive Culture which pictures the enemy as absolute. "The proletariat will think of the vanguard with passion not only because it, sees that, for its sake, a small group is gone into battle with an enemy -quipped with an extensive arsenal, but all the more so because it sees its own future directly aligned with the future of this group.... The spell breaks and the enemy looks like a defeated magician." So wrote Pouyan, only some months before the first guerilla actions were initiated and defeated in the forests of northern Iran and only about a year before he himself was killed in action in a gun battle in Teheran. But it is clear that from the beginning the revolutionaries saw guerilla activity not as an alternative to organise the working class on its immediate economic as well as political and cultural needs, but as a way of organising the working class. And it is also clear that the present explosion taking place among that working class, which has put for- ard political demands (time for study Classes in their factories; release of political prisoners) as well as economic ones, is a vindication of the willingness to fight of the early isolated few.

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