The most dangerous blow to a country and its people is the lack of a ‘progressive’ society with an open and free mind for changes and development.

Without any doubt, the worst crime of the mullahs’ regime against Iran’s people has been the destruction of the society’s mentality and healthy social relation, dissidents argue.

The state-run newspaper Etemad, in an article titled ‘Isolation of Social Sciences in Iran’, examined the situation of social sciences in Iran over the past 42 years.

The author of the Etemad article began with these sentences: ‘Dr. Shafi’i Kadkani, a respected poet and writer, in a speech that was widely reported in the real and virtual media last week, expressed well the truth about the current state of the humanities in the country and the damage caused by its (conditions).

‘According to him, ‘We are zero in the humanities, zero! Like the palm of my hand. We must work on this and that is very important. The long-term future of this country cannot be built with medicine and engineering.’

The author then deals with a similar situation in the field of social sciences and wrote: ‘The unfavorable situation of humanities and social sciences in our country is the result of a vicious cycle that has formed over the past century, and it has brought these sciences to a deplorable state at the theoretical and academic levels and the practical and executive levels.’

It then pointed to the contradictions in the structure of the Iranian government that sought to use the social sciences: ‘For this reason, in developing countries, a physician is not the head of the Ministry of Health or an engineer is the head of the Ministry of Industry or Transport, except in very, very exceptional cases, because the specialty of a physician is to treat the individual, and the expertise of an engineer focused on working with machines and creating facilities that have already been decided in the field of public policy.

‘Although these sciences have made acceptable progress in Iran at the academic level, the negligence of governments has not made it possible for these sciences to be applied and to create a smooth interaction between their output and current and executive policies.

‘Practically, the conditions of the 80s added to the problems and caused many political and executive positions, even beyond medicine and industry, to fall into the hands of those who had different educational backgrounds and were unrelated to their field of work.

‘The unfamiliarity of these executives with the scientific foundations of the work they are and were doing threw the government into the abyss of constant progress and created a vicious circle that results in the isolation and exclusion of most social sciences in the country. Undoubtedly, no country has a bright future without the use of social sciences.’