The question now is, how did we get to the stage where this proposition leads the polls [What follows is my translation of a column by Celso Rocha de Barros, published today, 17 September, in Folha de S. Paulo. As the author commented on Twitter, “someone needed to say out lout what everyone already knows” … Continue reading Bolsonaro camp wants a coup
My Brazil election preview in Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/brazil-election-bolsonaro-lula-haddad-boulos-corruption The election – and general political conjuncture – is polarized, fragmented, and corrupt. Here’s an excerpt on polarization: The election’s main polarization, then, is between the PT and Bolsonaro. To some it may look like a fight between two extremes. Bolsonaro poses as an authoritarian outsider who will wash … Continue reading Brazil’s Anti-Politics Election
So I forgot to post this, from back in early July: a piece by me on Brazil in the World Cup. It’s sort of a companion piece to some brilliant stuff on Africa Is A Country about Brazil-fandom in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean. I argue that whatever Brazil/A Seleção represents for them, in Brazil it “may … Continue reading Not Socrates’ Brazil
I have an article in Jacobin, discussing the narrow straits of Brazilian democracy (as per usual). The first part is my notes on the matter, reproduced below. The rest is a translation of a sharp and beautifully written analysis by Felipe Demier, originally published at Esquerda Online. This week, both sides of a polarized Brazil … Continue reading The Meaning of Lula’s Imprisonment
PT has come to represent Brazil’s political centre. The right has abandoned its end of the democratic bargain.