Brazilianization of the World

I have an essay in American Affairs, arguing that decline and crisis in core capitalist countries is best understood a Brazilianization: not just inequality and oligarchy, but cynicism, anti-politics, indeterminacy, and the End of History – these are all facets of Brazil’s early encounter with the end of modernization, a process now afflicting even the Continue reading Brazilianization of the World

Render unto Ourselves, What is Ours—or Caesar Will Seize It

I had an article in Damage Magazine, published 17 December 2020, arguing that our dreams of impending fascist doom are complicit with our immobilisation. Instead of coming up with alternatives to our really existing low-grade dystopia, we fantasise about barbarians just over the hill. This leads us to ally with centrists, further delaying the building of alternatives. Continue reading Render unto Ourselves, What is Ours—or Caesar Will Seize It

From Anti-Politics to Authoritarian Restoration in Brazil

I have a long essay out in Jacobin that set out to do four things: Examine what the state of ‘anti-politics’ is in Brazil in 2020, in reference to earlier analyses published in Jacobin and elsewhere Review a book by Jairo Nicolau in which the 2018 election is analysed empirically Put into dialogue two short Continue reading From Anti-Politics to Authoritarian Restoration in Brazil

The Big Worm

I wrote about my favourite place in São Paulo (not for the first time) in Domus, the Italian architecture and design magazine. My piece about the reclaiming of urban space in central SP came out in issue 1043 (Feb 2020) of the magazine. An online version is here.

Bolsonaro is not a “Trump of the Tropics”

I have two pieces out this week in reaction to Bolsonaro’s election. For NBC Think I argue that, despite international media putting Trump and Bolsonaro in the same league, “the U.S. is led by a politician who still enacts policy within the bounds of the law, in and through American institutions.” More broadly, though, we can Continue reading Bolsonaro is not a “Trump of the Tropics”