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    is also a profound statement and example of the failure of "pragmatic moderation" even when it's genuine, and not just a vehicle to cash in at the trough.  The poor and the excluded of Brazil had previously joined together behind the originally very leftist PT party, and its charismatic leader Lula daSilva.  But in his efforts to make Brazil and the PT government "acceptable" to global neoliberalism, Lula succeeded in completely abandoning the very reasons for the rise of the PT, its representation of the interests of Brazil's neglected and oppressed majorities.  What we see in Brazil today is the inevitable end reached by "pragmatic" power centrism when its efforts to serve as the window dressing for the interests of globalized neoliberal capital inevitably become clear.

    "You may very well think so, I could not possibly comment." ~ Francis Urquhart, pragmatic political philosopher

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:25:36 AM PDT

    •  you make very good points. but to be fair, (0+ / 0-)

      in a global economy, NO country can go it alone. The days when the USSR or China could shut itself off from the international economy and build its own economy through its own internal resources, are over. Brazil needs access to the international economic system (particularly after it was devestated by the 2008 economic collapse, which many AMericans do not seem to realize was GLOBAL in scope, not just here), and under those circumstances Brazil was forced to do things to gain that access. Those choices led to a lack of progress for the poor (of which Brazil still has a lot), and, understandably, led to resentment and disillusionment. We are seeing the results.

      There are very important and illustrative lessons in that for any revolutionary leftist. (For example, if we want to topple the global corporate finance system, we must topple it GLOBALLY--trying to do it piecemeal simply will not work).

      Brazil's heart is in the right place, but it simply cannot go it alone.  No nation can.

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