15 years ago Rick Steeves did a wonderful travelogue piece on Iran and he presented it from a people’s perspective. He was necessarily careful; following the necessary rules of the road, went to approved places, travelled with a supplied tour guide. Yet one theme throughout, including when he talked to people: The dichotomy between the rulers and the people. Some were very conservative and liked the theocracy. Some were very conservative and _didn’t_ care for it much. Some were more liberal and didn’t mind things and some were liberal and wanted change. Now I’ve wanted to compare Tucker Carlson’s trip to Russia to Rick Steeves’ Iran trip in that both had to go through approved channels, follow guidelines, were shown where to go and not to go and what positive things had to be said and what could not. And those are all good points of comparison. However, Rick Steeves did not talk to the heads of Iran. Despite being a very positive piece on Iran – just as Tucker Carlson’s piece was a very positive piece on Putin’s Russia: one was about the people. The other was about the ruler. In one what the people said got priority. In the other, what people were there? There was but one voice within who spoke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYoa9hI3CXg

15 years ago Rick Steeves did a wonderful travelogue piece on Iran and he presented it from a people’s perspective. He was necessarily careful; following the necessary rules of the road, went to approved places, travelled with a supplied tour guide.
Yet one theme throughout, including when he talked to people: The dichotomy between the rulers and the people.
Some were very conservative and liked the theocracy. Some were very conservative and _didn’t_ care for it much. Some were more liberal and didn’t mind things and some were liberal and wanted change.
Now I’ve wanted to compare Tucker Carlson’s trip to Russia to Rick Steeves’ Iran trip in that both had to go through approved channels, follow guidelines, were shown where to go and not to go and what positive things had to be said and what could not.
And those are all good points of comparison.
However, Rick Steeves did not talk to the heads of Iran. Despite being a very positive piece on Iran – just as Tucker Carlson’s piece was a very positive piece on Putin’s Russia: one was about the people. The other was about the ruler. In one what the people said got priority. In the other, what people were there? There was but one voice within who spoke.
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