Dirty hands, broken car wash: anti-corruption and the Brazilian crisis

As I’ve argued since the beginning of the year, the Lava Jato investigation is one of two things: either a limited initiative that stops after ensnaring its primary targets, or a thoroughgoing campaign-cum-crusade that ends up eviscerating the whole political class. It’s hard to decide which would be preferable. The one would be, effectively, a highly Continue reading Dirty hands, broken car wash: anti-corruption and the Brazilian crisis

Democracy, Corruption and Trust

On the municipal election results… Brazil’s first elections since Dilma’s impeachment are already being reported as a ‘slap‘ to the Workers’ Party (PT). This was always going to be the case. The governing party bore the brunt of anti-corruption protests, the Lava Jato investigations, and responsibility for recession. More interesting is the rise of another force Continue reading Democracy, Corruption and Trust

So was it a coup then?

Right-wing protests in 2015 loudly demanded Dilma’s ouster. The left consequently rallied around não vai ter golpe! – “there will be no coup!” With Dilma now impeached, protests resound to Fora Temer and Diretas Já! – “Temer Out” and “Direct Elections Now!” In turn, O Globo newspaper responded with an editorial Sunday (18/09) arguing that, in fact, new elections would be Continue reading So was it a coup then?

A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)

This is a handy guide to the convoluted multiplication of political parties in Brazil since the return to democracy at the end of the 1980s. The post if worth a gander if you read Portuguese (I’ve translated it into English below). The fungibility of politicians and parties makes the political scene hard to follow. Ideological anchors are Continue reading A family tree of Brazilian political parties (aka “they f*** you up, your mum and dad”)

Fancy that: no police, no violence

Here’s some surprising news: a pro-democracy protest yesterday in São Paulo (7 September) did not end in police aggression. This stands in contrast to the violent repression witnessed all last week against crowds of two to 30-thousand, and on Sunday against a much larger mass of 50-100 thousand, as I discussed in posts here and here, Continue reading Fancy that: no police, no violence