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October 06, 2014


Michael Rubin

Another outstanding analysis, Rachel!


We also cannot forget that the average Brazilian citizen does not have a deep understanding of politics and how it effects them, coupled with overwhelming cynicism towards the politcal process -despite consistant growth since Cardoso was president. Many of them do not really know much about the politicians, but, rather, have an emotional allegiance to a political party. There is also a very clear class war being waged here, pitting the populist party (PT) against the one that actually brings progress (PSDB). Most of them are not aware that the social programs that Lula expanded were actually started by PSDB's Cardoso. Also, in most places around the world, unless the sitting president is just phenomenally incompetent, they can be difficult to displace.

Alzira Lopes

PSOL, as I see it, has started those protests. Afterwards, it has totally lost control and the angry, truculent right wing grabbed the opportunity to try a comeback in politics. So, in reality, most of the protesters were cynical themselves. First, because they were protesting against politicians in general but they vote for someone. Second, because many of the people protesting were either protesting either against pure capitalism or socialism, when in reality our economic system is a mixture of them, where the state helps both the poorer and the companies that produce goods. It's, indeed, a kind of social democracy or welfare state in development. The high number of voters discredits the version that we would be totally fed up with politics, even though ballot absenteeism or nul votes grew. I'd not say, however, that over 105.000.000 people casting their votes to one of the candidates reflects total disenchantment with politics. AS for PSDB having started something, they did, but favored capital much more than work and poor people. One example is the selling of important public assets after injecting public money in them. The other is financing the selling with public money (BNDES). As I see it, people want change in politics in general, but stick to their political views. And also, they don't want to lose what they achieved in the past ten years, even if the right wing media acts as a party and tries to convince them to do change their vote.

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