Iranians Observe the 35th Anniversary of the 1979 Revolution

Thirty-five years today, the people of Iran emerged victorious against the American-backed Pahlavi dynasty, later establishing the Islamic Republic of Iran by popular referendum in April of 1979. People all over Iran have turned out by the millions to celebrate Iran’s sovereign and independent path, and celebrate the re-birth and history of this nation which is millennia old.  Fireworks and colorful illuminations brightened the nights of many Iranian cities on the eve of the demonstrations.

The story of the Iranian revolution began in 1953. In that year, Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson Kermit engineered the ousting of the democratically elected leader Mohammed Mosaddegh, backing the military government lead by Fazlollah Zahedi, and restoring the then-exiled Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to power. This coup d’état ushered in a generation of severe repression for the Iranian people, with the American CIA often being the true power behind the Iranian throne.  This lasted until 1979, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile, driving out the Shah, and eventually establishing the modern Iranian state.

Khomeini returning from exile in Paris to lead the Iranian Revolution (credit: DW)

In many ways, the Iranian revolution was the world’s first true conservative, populist and Third Positionist revolution. Revolutionary in rhetoric, but arguably reactionary in values, it fought against the corruption of Iranian cultural values and the demoralization of its citizenry. It rejected both Western influence – for which its intellectuals coined a new term, gharbzadegi, or “Occidentosis” – as well as the godless Soviet system, and rallied people together under a uniquely Iranian and Shia Muslim path.

While it may be difficult for us to still much difficult for many outside Iran borders to see any value in the Islamic Revolution, there are still valuable lessons that Westerners might glean from it. Many people have already become concerned with the direction in that Western civilization is heading in, realizing that modern-day liberalism has become a self-destructive path.  It has also become clear that there is little hope of reforming the system from within, and that another path is clearly needed.  However, whereas Iran’s revolution was centered on Islamic ideas, a spiritual revolution in the West might be centered on, as René Guenon suggested in some of his earlier works, on a restoration of traditional “intellectualité” in the West on the basis of Christian values.

Today, the globalist powers are vigorously calling for the destruction of the Iranian Republic and doing the utmost to inflict suffering the Iranian people. From funding terrorist groups within Iran, to plotting color revolutions, to attempting to cripple Iran’s economy with heavy sanctions, America and its allies have all rallied behind its eventual destruction and called for “reforms” that would turn Iran into a decadent nation.

The Iranian people, however, have shown remarkable resilience in the face of all the treachery of the globalist hegemony directed at their nation. They are resisting Hollywood’s promotion of cultural Marxism that has left many Westerners in a daze. They have built a safe and increasingly prosperous society. Moreover, despite all the clamors that Iran is a dangerous nation seeking war, they have done so in a peaceful manner.

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, First Vice Speaker of Iran’s Majlis Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard said, “By observing the recent developments in the Middle East, one can well understand that international equations are changing in favor of the Islamic Republic.”

“This definition has been institutionalized over the past 35 years; and today, we can well see that the Middle East’s political map has changed under the auspices of the Islamic Revolution,” Aboutorabi-Fard continued. and its authors extend warm greetings to all the people of the Iranian nation, as well as to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on this most propitious occasion of their nation’s rebirth.

About William van Nostrand

William van Nostrand is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is currently the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of He holds a B.A. in Economics as well as a minor in cultural anthropology. His interests are highly varied and include late medieval European architecture, German romantic classical music, and travel.