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.
I have a new piece on anti-corruption, the fracturing Brazilian elite, and the conundrum facing the Left, written with Benjamin Fogel. https://jacobinmag.com/2017/07/lula-conviction-corruption-temer-neves-lava-jato What I think might be under-appreciated outside Brazil – or maybe inside too – is the how unprecedented this all is: that the elite should be falling apart, while also pursuing class war … Continue reading In Jacobin: The Meaning of Lula’s Conviction
By 6 PM on the night of Tuesday 11 April, the plenaries of Brazil’s house and senate were empty. A long-promised political holocaust had arrived. Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin had just authorised corruption investigations into nearly a third of interim president Temer’s cabinet, and a similar proportion of senators. The list to be investigated … Continue reading The List Lands: Who can reconstitute democracy after this bombshell?
My October piece on the politicisation of the Lava Jato investigations – originally published here and in Brasil Wire has been updated and republished in translation in Brazil’s Revista Maquiavel. The initiation last night of investigations into leading politicians across the spectrum has changed matters somewhat, but the principle points remain valid, I think. Basically, it’s the following: you … Continue reading Dirty Hands, Broken Carwash – now in Portuguese