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  •  so give us the inside scoop---what's the general (0+ / 0-)

    feeling in Brazil regarding the government and its attempts to (1) fight the IMF austerity programs and (2) help its own people.

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      I don't feel that I adequately describe the feelings of 200 million people, but my impression is that generally the poorer working classes recognize that things are improving and changes are continuing.  The middle class seems more impatient and is more the driver of the current protests, so far.  There is a lot of student activism involved here and they have used social networking sites to push these protests and coordinate them.  I have actually been quite impressed with that.

      There is a strong undercurrent of racism and classism among the upper and upper-middle classes with regard to the government helping the poor.  It gets derided as "vote buying" and "assistencialism" -- even though it's pretty widely recognized that assisting the poor is one strong factor that kept Brazil from plunging very deeply into the 2008 recession.  

      I'm interested to see where the current protests lead - I don't see it being any kind of attempt to overthrow the government, beyond a general sentiment to kick out the corrupt ones (of which there are far too many).  I do hope that they will contribute to more than just reduced bus fares... if that is enough to placate the protestors, it will be a shame and a wasted opportunity.  

      Brazil is a country in transition, moving from a highly inequal agricultural society to one with a large middle class and growing industrial and technological base.  Right now, it's at that point where people can really begin to see that the changes necessary (in education, health care, infrastructure, etc.) are still enormous and that there exists a strong political and socio-economic element that wants to desperately preserve the status quo.  Protests and clashes are pretty much inevitable, I think, and overall they are probably necessary.

      This is not meant to be any kind of comprehensive statement, just some of my thoughts in response to your question.

      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 01:44:24 PM PDT

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