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

Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles

That the political crisis in Brazil has seen a stark polarisation is no longer news. The mutual mistrust finds expression in an information war as well as in political struggle over the institutions of democracy. But that does not mean Left and Right are mere mirror images of each other. The Right now exemplifies the Continue reading Get back to Cuba: Infantile Rightism and Brasil’s inverted political poles