I saw an amusing comment in a newspaper. They said "Iran's elections are obviously rigged. All of the candidates, even the 'reform' candidate, were chosen by the insiders who control Iran." My reaction was "Duh! That's exactly the same as elections in the USA!"
It's amusing to see interviews with US politicians. Instead of them saying "Iran's election was rigged! Iran's government is illegitimate!", they say "We should respect Iran's political process." Any politician seems reluctant to say "Iran's elections were unfair!", because that can lead to "Elections in the USA are unfair!" After the disputed 2000 and 2004 US Presidential elections, Gore and Kerry didn't go around saying "This President is illegitimate!" Instead, they quietly went back to other cushy jobs. A politician won't risk ending the gravy train that insiders enjoy.
Even though the election was pre-rigged by the selection of the candidates, it appears that the vote counting was also rigged. This has triggered some riots and protests.
Riots and protests accomplish nothing. As long as people keep paying their taxes/tribute, a protest accomplishes nothing. Some token concessions will be made to the protesters, and things will continue as usual.
This is a common evil fnord. "If you are unsatisfied with the State, your only recourse is to riot or protest!" That is false. A better solution is to avoid paying taxes, which fuel the evil of the State. This solution is never publicly discussed.
Riots and protests serve several useful functions.
- Pro-State trolls say "People who don't like the government do stupid violent things. Hooray for the State!"
- The police can keep track of who the protesters are.
- The police can use violence and display their power. A group of amateurs against para-military police is no contest, even when the amateurs outnumber the police.
- The violence is an excuse to raise the budget for the State police.
- People can vent their frustration, while accomplishing nothing.
- People think that their only recourse, if unsatisfied with the State, is to riot or protest.