Mês: outubro 2018

Jair Bolsonaro

Is Bolsonaro an American Stooge?   Anatoly Karlin Oct. 29, 2018   Here are some basic things worth bearing in amidst the various powerful takes floating around. Campaign rhetoric is one thing – the reality of navigating international geopolitics is another. It is worth noting that while Americanophilia started off high at the start of many Brazilian right-wing administrations, it never consistently stayed high – not even under the junta, which gradually floated back to neutrality (and which apparently gets a much worse rap than it deserves). Our Brazilian commenter Alin has much to say about this (his comment is reprinted below). With no ensuing freebies from the Americans – Trump isn’t exactly the giving type – Bolsonaro’s Brazil can be expected to drift back into the BRICS multilateralism framework. One possible model for future developments would be the evolution of US-Indian relations since the ascent of Modi, which started off with WaPo describing it as a “partnership for the 21st century” to Trump threatening sanctions for buying Russian S-400′s. Talk of Bolsonaro being a Wall Street stooge, or a CIA asset, or whatever, is complete leftist nonsense. Brazil might not be the most K-selected country, but with the world’s third largest population of white people after the US and Russia, it’s hardly a banana republic either. It produces more vehicles than France, has a strong indigenous financial sector,...

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USA

Is America Finished?   Paul Craig Roberts Oct. 30, 2018   The refusal of the Democratic Party and the military/security complex to accept the results of the 2016 US presidential election and the misuse of their positions of power to prevent Donald Trump from exercising presidential powers is a revolutionary step, well described by Angelo Codevilla here. Americans are now so polarized that they “no longer share basic sympathies and trust, because they no longer regard each other as worthy of equal consideration.” Codevilla blames the progressives and their attitude of moral superiority, but his explanation is independent of who is to blame. I blame both sides. The Constitution and our civil liberties took a major hit from the “conservative” Republican regime of George W. Bush. The consequence has been to weaponize government for use against the domestic adversary. In other words, unity has departed us. The absence of unity makes it easy for the ruling oligarchy to achieve its material interests at the expense of the welfare of the American people. Indeed, it is amazing to find progressives aligned with the military/security complex to block Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. The provocations of Russia, which have been ongoing since the Clinton regime, have reached unprecedented levels under the neoconservative regimes of Obama and Trump. The conflict that has been orchestrated is good for the $1,000 billion annual...

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USA

Our Revolution’s Logic   Angelo Codevilla [Oct. 2018]   In 2010, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla reintroduced the notion of “the ruling class” back into American popular discourse. In 2017, he described contemporary American politics as a “cold civil war.” Now he applies the “logic of revolution” to our current political scene.   The primary objective of any people who find themselves in the throes of a revolution is to find ways of diverting its logic from its worst conclusions. Prior to the 2016 election I explained how America had already “stepped over the threshold of a revolution,” that it was “difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate how it might end.” Regardless of who won the election, its sentiments’ growing “volume and intensity” would empower politicians on all sides sure to make us nostalgic for Donald Trump’s and Hilary Clinton’s moderation. Having begun, this revolution would follow its own logic. What follows dissects that logic. It has unfolded faster than foreseen. Its sentiments’ spiraling volume and intensity have eliminated any possibility of “stepping back.” The Democratic Party and the millions it represents having refused to accept 2016’s results; having used their positions of power in government and society to prevent the winners from exercising the powers earned by election; declaring in vehement words and violent deeds the illegitimacy, morbidity, even criminality, of...

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Jair Bolsonaro, Presidente Eleito

Globohomo Shakes as Bolsonaro Claims Victory in Brazil   Jay Lorenz Oct. 29, 2018   Jair Bolsonaro has won the Brazilian presidential election convincingly tonight, making him likely the most authoritarian White leader in the world. With almost all votes counted, Bolsonaro has 55% compared to his establishment opponent Fernando Haddad’s 45%. Bolsonaro is known for his authoritarianism, support for military dictatorship, anti-homosexual beliefs, anti-globalist stances, and strong rhetoric. The central tenet of Bolsonaro’s campaign was law and order, which was a welcome message in Brazil, one of the most violent countries in the world. Last year, homicides hit a record high of 63,880, which was the most in the world. Brazil is also one of the most drug and gang-ridden countries in the world. In response to this, Bolsonaro has said that he will empower police to use lethal force against criminals, and he will allow citizens easier access to firearms for self-defense. Bolsonaro’s vision of law and order extends far beyond that. He has often praised the military dictatorship, which ruled the country for two decades until 1985. In 1999, Bolsonaro was asked what he would do with Congress if elected president, and said: “There is no doubt. I would perform a coup on the same day. [Congress] doesn’t work. And I am sure that at least 90 percent of the population would celebrate and applaud because...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 29 BOLSONARO ELEITO : HADDAD A BOLSONARO : “Presidente Bolsonaro. Desejo-lhe sucesso. Nosso país merece o melhor. Escrevo essa mensagem, hoje, de coração leve, com sinceridade, para que ela estimule o melhor de todos nós. Boa sorte!” : BOLSONARO A HADDAD : “Senhor Fernando Haddad. Obrigado pelas palavras. O Brasil realmente merece o melhor.” No TSE, o clima era de velório. Fora do TSE, o clima foi de vitória em Copa do Mundo. Editorial da Folha de S. Paulo deu sugestões alentadas mas não exaustivas do que fazer : equilibrar o orçamento; conter despesas com aposentadorias e pensões; eliminar privilégios de servidores; ajustar teto salarial; simplificar a tributação sobre bens; rever incentivos tributários; elevar a taxação direta sobre as rendas mais elevadas; vender estatais e ampliar concessões ao setor privado; abertura comercial, com redução de barreiras à importação; ampliar o crédito facilitando a recuperação de garantias; reduzir burocracia para abertura e fechamento de empresas; priorizar ensino básico; buscar outras receitas no ensino superior; implantar currículos nacionais para os níveis fundamental e médio; aprimorar a gestão do SUS, com cadastro nacional e parcerias; reforçar a Força Nacional de Segurança Pública; harmonizar produção agrícola e metas ambientais; instituir voto distrital misto e ajuste de bancadas na Câmara….Gabeira faz boa leitura da ascensão de Bolsonaro, positivo racional esse Gabeira…. João Pedro Stédile concordou com Mano Brown, negativo...

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