A Left Politics for an Age of Transition

Authors

  • Immanuel Wallerstein

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-053-08-2002-01_2

Keywords:

Strategy, Global Economic Crisis, Movements

Abstract

Two years ago, in 1999, I gave a talk at the Caucus for a New Political Science on left politics today. In that talk, I summarized the situation of the world left at present in the following way: (1) after five hundred years of existence, the world capitalist system is, for the first time, in true systemic crisis, and we find ourselves in an age of transition; (2) the outcome is intrinsically uncertain, but nonetheless, and also for the first time in these five hundred years, there is a real perspective of fundamental change, which might be progressive but will not necessarily be so; (3) the principal problem for the world left at this juncture is that the strategy for the transformation of the world which it had evolved in the nineteenth century is in tatters, and it is consequently acting thus far with uncertainty, weakness, and in a generalized mild state of depression.

Published

2002-01-02

Issue

Section

Exchange