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  •  what you all seem to have missed (8+ / 0-)

    is that the Brazilian people have already been at this for over ten years since they elected the PT to power.  (Remember the guys who required fingerprints from visiting Americans in response to Bush's fingerprinting scheme?  Those guys)  The idea that this is some new fundamental shift as Ray puts forth really displays massive ignorance.  I'd encourage everyone to study recent Brazilian history if only to see a far more successful model for the left than the watered down nonsense we're pursuing here.

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 07:35:11 AM PDT

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    •  I admit to being uninformed (3+ / 0-)
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      I appreciate the background and I do not know much about the situation there.

      My statement was intended to be a little more broad in that perhaps, if this uprising becomes more publicized here, it could - could, cause a spark here. It is impossible to predict these things before hand.

      Thanks for your comment, it is always helpful to have more background.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:14:42 AM PDT

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      •  You may turn out to be right (3+ / 0-)
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        There is a good deal to be learned by what the Brazilian electorate have done, although they it is simply not as conservative a country as the US.  I would say that Brazil is probably the poster child for the anti austerity policies and the benefits of ignoring the neo liberal economists.  

        Part of what bothers me is that all this seems to get ignored in the US and the media and instead it is all a narrative about how Brazil is a backward unstable place because the context gets ignored

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

        by Mindful Nature on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:30:51 AM PDT

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    •  I live very near a large, public square in Recife (5+ / 0-)

      There are protest, strikes, gatherings, etc. going on all the time.  Every month, if not more frequently.  This current one is bigger than usual, and has the interesting feature of being nationally coordinated (somewhat spontaneously) through social media, but it is essentially a continuation of normal Brazilian political action.

      Article 196. Health care is a right of all persons and an obligation of the State, guaranteed through social and economic policies that provide...universal and equitable access to programs and services....

      by SLKRR on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:39:52 PM PDT

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      •  That's good to have that background (0+ / 0-)

        it's like France:  there's often a protest over something...

        thanks a million.  

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

        by Mindful Nature on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 04:11:36 PM PDT

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