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June 20, 2013

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mallory

what else could happen other than hopefully changing the way people view voting responsibility? i hope it has a long term effect on the way individuals act in society, honest elected officials can only come from honest voters. one thing that i've been seeing around the internet is "boycott the worldcup!!!" which makes no sense. the problem is not the worldcup. if it were, it would have been criticized four years ago when FIFA awarded the bid. there are too many people clinging to sensationalism without any real clue or idea of what could be the possible results. I had a friend on facebook write to me, "stop being so cynical, it doesn't matter why they are protesting, what matters is that they are doing it." .....isn't the "why" the whole purpose? I understand that a "protesting brazilian" is a phenomenon, but beyond that there has to be a realistic goal. is the goal blankly to tell the government to stop being corrupt? and if so, how is this achieved? through responsible voting? i wonder, if voting were made optional, would there be less voting fraud and purchased votes...?

Ian  Nieves

I'd be shocked if Brazil's protests and the strident demands for improvement they embody didn't spark conflagrations in Argentina and Venezuela. The same years that witnessed Brazil's feverish progress have seen Argentina, historically the flagship of Latin American prosperity, slide into financial ruin under the sequential onslaught of Fascism, Socialism and Globalization. If Brazilians bemoan frustrated aspirations, consider the plight of Argentines!! Now think of Venezuelans, who endure far greater poverty and misery than Either Brazilians or Argentines, and who've been radicalized and inflamed by the incessant rabble-rousing propaganda of the Chavez regime. And then there's Castro's dirt poor island gulag smoldering with acrid bitterness from decades of privation and tyranny...

It seems quite likely to me that the Brazilian protests could play a role in Latin America comparable to those of Tunisia in the Arab World. If so, in both cases discontent in comparative regional economic flowers would have ignited explosive dissent and outright rebellion in neighbors racked by abject misery and oppression and ripe for conflagration. Che Guevara lived too soon and wielded the wrong sorts of weapons..

marcelo

"...what does that mean for other Latin American countries following this model"...

Gringa, have you heard of the Foro de Sao Paulo and its agenda to Latin America?

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