Words and things, mostly words.
The results of Brazil’s president election are in, and it appears as though Jair Bolsonaro has won the race over Fernando Hadad (story). This is concerning news for anyone who has paid any attention to the disturbing, violent rhetoric that Bolsonaro evoked during his campaign. Brazil’s new president espouses some truly disturbing views, and this result does not bode well for the people of Brazil.
By all accounts, former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva would have handily won the election, but imprisoned on sketchy corruption charges. It seems that the ruling elite, mortified by even a faint whiff of democratic socialism, effectively swung the election by pitting a hard-right populist against an inferior representative of the Worker’s Party.
I would expect crackdowns on civil liberties, regressive policy changes and brutal exploitation of the Amazon rainforest by commercial interests. The latter of which will be all the more depressing as the effects of climate change continue to manifest themselves across the globe.
The lazy, inaccurate narrative is that Brazil elected their Donald Trump. This is much closer to the election of the Phillipines’ Rodrigo Duterte, and that is much worse.