Zibechi: New colonialisms and left values

Chiapas Support Committee

NEW COLONIALISMS and the CRISIS OF LEFT VALUES

Mural by Diego Rivera, at the Palacio Nacional, Mexico City. Mural by Diego Rivera, at the Palacio Nacional, Mexico City.

By: Raúl Zibechi

When visibility is minimal because powerful storms cloud the perception of reality, it may be appropriate to enlarge one’s view, to climb slopes to look for broader observation points, in order to discern the context in which we move. In these times, when the world is crossing through multiple contradictions and interests, it’s urgent to stimulate the senses to gaze far and inside.

Times of confusion in which ethics are shipwrecked, basic points of reference disappear and something is installed like “anything goes,” which permits supporting any cause that goes against the bigger enemy, beyond all consideration of principles and values. Shortcuts lead to dead ends, like equating Putin with Lenin, to use a somewhat fashionable example.

The Russian intervention in Syria is a neocolonial act, which places Russia…

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