Recently, I appeared on two podcasts discussing Brazil’s election and its context. Cable Street: Brazil’s Trump, But Worse w/ Alex Hochuli Link / Download (mp3) Sh*t Platypus Says: On Cynthia Nixon, the Brazilian elections, and Afrofuturism
The use of “fascist” as an insult has a long history around the world which, in many cases, has led to a banalization of the term. But it is important to understand what is essential in fascism, not just for scientific reasons, so as not to become confused, but above all for condition an adequate … Continue reading Is Bolsonaro a “fascist”?
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
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