Zibechi: Systemic chaos and transitions

Chiapas Support Committee

SYSTEMIC CHAOS AND TRANSITIONS UNDERWAY

Yesterday's mega-march in Chilpancingo, Guerrero's state capital, in support of Ayotzinapa. Photo from La Jornada Yesterday’s mega-march in Chilpancingo, Guerrero’s state capital, in support of Ayotzinapa. Photo from La Jornada

By: Raúl Zibechi

Geopolitics helps us comprehend the world in which we live, particularly in turbulent periods like the current one, whose principal characteristic is global instability and a succession of permanent changes and fluctuations. But geopolitics has its limits for approaching activity of the anti-systemic movements. It provides us with a reading of the scenario in which they act, which is not a small thing, but cannot be the central inspiration of emancipatory struggles.

The way I see things, Immanuel Wallerstein has been the one that has succeeded in perfecting most precisely the relationship between chaos within the world-system and its revolutionary transformation by the movements. In his most recent article entitled “It is painful to live amidst chaos,” he emphasizes that the world-system is self-destructing with…

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