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October 20, 2015

Zibechi: New colonialisms and left values

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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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  1. It’d be one thing if we were actually dealing with a Stalinist.regime in Russia but the gangster capitalism of Putin is actually closer to Czarism so this whole left conundrum confusion is truly mind boggling.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — October 20, 2015 @ 11:32 pm

  2. One thng that I find funny about Iranian leftsit that I have met is how they are constantly making excuses for the leadership of the USA.
    They thnk that becasue Gays can join the military, and because any female can sing in public and go to a basketball game and swim in a bikini in a public pool, and because the only type of torture that the USA allows on its own soil is to put people in solitary confinment for decades, and because a jack ass with a military ID card can write to Hakim Akbar, formerly of the 101st Airborne division, and thank him for his attempt to enforce the US Constitution as well as international law in March of 2003 and that this jack ass did not end up in Guantanamo Bay, that this makes the leadership of the USA enlightened compared to the Iranian Mullahs.
    A genuine leftist would recognize that the leadership of the USA is not more enlightened than either the Iranian Mullahs or even Assad.
    The most important dffierence between the leaders of Iran and Syria on one hand and the USA and UK on the other hand is that the leaders of the latter recognize that what 99.9999% of the people say is of very little importance. What really counts for something is what 1% of the people do over and over and over again. Because the vast majority of the other 99% are heard animals what the 1% does is decisive. This one percent lives by the motto, if they are not complaining you are not exploiting them hard enough.
    A second difference between the leaders of the USA and UK is that the leaders of Iran want to keep women locked in the 6th century while the leaders of the USA would keep women locked in the 1st century if they could get away with it.

    Yet I have heard many an Iranian leftists sigh, if only I could do it over with what I know now, I would have fought hard to maintain the Sha in power and have been delighted to live in a country that is a colony of the USA rather than have let the Mullahs have power in Iran.

    Comment by Curt Kastens — October 21, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

  3. My, Curt, you seem to have met a lot of really f’ed up Eye-rainians! Not sure I can even believe that you have actually ever MET any Eye-rainians, though.

    Your ideas are soooooooo convoluted and bizarre I don’t even know where to start. Are you just making things up as you go, just to get a rise from people? It seems so.

    Anyway, if there are such f’ed up Iranian “leftists”, so much the worse for them. But they, just like the western “leftists” who support murderous tyrants, are not leftists at all; just a bunch of muddle-headed idiots like their western counterparts.

    Comment by reza — October 21, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

  4. I am glad to see you post this piece from Zibechi. I thought your earlier, glancing critical reference to him in an earlier post in relation to South American economic development was unfair. People like Zibechi have paradoxically recognized the need for such development and infrastructure, while understanding that it would be part of a social order that is inherently exploitative. But that doesn’t mean that a continent shouldn’t construct railroads, merely that they should be placed in the hands of the people instead of capitalists. He’s been critical of Lula and the PT in Brazil, for example, and supportive of bottom up social movements like the ones that resulted in the election of Morales in Bolivia.

    Comment by Richard Estes — October 24, 2015 @ 10:13 pm


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