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  •  Brazilian govt is not run by super-nationalists (7+ / 0-)

    It is run, literally, by former communist guerrillas, indigenous activists, and union organizers.  Over the past decade, Brazil has been THE leader in the fight against the international finance system, particularly the IMF's austerity programs.

    But like all governments, even leftist ones, it always needs a kick in the ass.  And is now getting one.

    •  PT/Lula's sharp turn right (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador, protectspice

      happened a long time ago.  He thought he was being "pragmatic" and "moderate".  What really happened was the whole PT got recouped by global capital.  The reality is that today, Brazil is far to the right of Paraguay, a fact that those who know the political history of the region can find alternately shocking and hilarious.  Not hilarious for the Brazilian working people.  The cooption of PT has left them with nothing else but struggle in the streets.

      "You may very well think so, I could not possibly comment." ~ Francis Urquhart, pragmatic political philosopher

      by ActivistGuy on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:39:29 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure it was a sharp turn right (1+ / 0-)
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        Quicklund

        I don't think Lula has changed his ideals or goals at all. But the 2008 economic collapse hit Brazil hard, and the brutal reality was that his government could no longer function without access to IMF money, and that came at a cost. He decided to pay that cost. People can of course argue whether the cost was worth it, or whether Brazil would have been better off trying to go it alone.

        I draw a larger lesson from all of it, though.  The economy in all its aspects--financial and corporate--is global. No part of it can live separately from the rest--Brazil tried that and failed.  That means if we want to overthrow the power of the global finance network, as Lula does, then we must collapse it all at once, globally, everywhere simultaneously.  Trying to do it one nation at a time, is doomed to failure.

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