It will be interesting to see how the coming five years unfold, but it is more than clear that people are fed up with neoliberal economics that have been spewing out of the USA since the days of Milton Friedman and polluting the world. Furthermore, judging from the Egyptians reaction to Morsi, they are not settling for religious fanatics who would tolerate it as long as the elite ruling class are allowed to exploit labor and use the natural resources of the nation for their personal profit.. And this was exactly what was coming down the pike with Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. I’m glad they kicked his ass out.
The people at least in Egypt and Brazil are well aware of managed democracy, what it looks like, their fake sideshows and what it means for the majority. Fewer people these days are being fooled by leaders who promise something different and then end up being just like the asshole who was the prior leader of the nation. I think more than a lot of Americans see that now in Obama. Of course the Republican leadership want to cry that “it’s the democrats! Vote for Republicans.” It’s been a long run of that good cop/bad cop game, but I really believe the days for that show are limited. As I mentioned in a previous post, the multimillionaire investor class we have managing our democracy in Washington have more in common with each other than they do with the people they are supposed to represent. Fewer people are buying the Democrat/Republican schtick and more are realizing the kind of government that we really have here in the USA is a managed democracy by and for the elite. [LINK]
Consider what has been happening in Brazil these past three weeks.
Like Egypt, the people in Brazil aren’t having any more of the BS from the ruling investor class either. In Brazil a government rooted in a revolutionary legitimacy has proven that its past is only a mask it wears while it partners with the same capitalist order in exploiting people and nature alike. [Excerpt from an open letter from the Egyptian revolutionaries.]
This was a busy week on Brazil’s political agenda. After a wave of protests that involved more than 100 cities throughout the country, several moves took place in the political arena. On the third week of social unrest, on Monday President Dilma Rousseff met governors and mayors to discuss topics being demanded by those protesting on the streets.
The country wants accountable political representation, a society where citizens, and not the economic power, are in first place. It is very good that people are voicing all this out loud.
President Rousseff proposals where directed to improve basic services and infrastructure, on the belief that the popular uprising was not so much anti-government as it was motivated by income inequality and lack of basic services. She then outlined a governmental action plan of five agreements in favor of the population. Dilma suggested that local governments would take action for immediate improvements.
The first agreement involved fiscal responsibilities and the guaranty of economic stability, with particular attention to inflation control. In the second agreement, President Rousseff proposed a broad political reform that will put emphasis on citizen involvement on public decisions.
Maybe the US Congress could take a few cues from the Brazilian Congress
On Thursday, senators and congressmen on both chambers of Brazilian Congress quickly approved alterations in the penal code, considering corruption as a hideous crime, which minimal penalty raise from two to four years of incarceration. In a third agreement, Dilma Rousseff proposed reforms to immediately improve the public health system, with the hire of international professionals as an emergency measure, but also thinking long-term by increasing the seats in the public universities to graduate more health professionals.
Several Brazilian Protestors nailed it: “It is more than just being against the government. It is against neoliberal development policies that exclude popular participation.
Brazilian government is not left. it is a government that carries on economical politics that are directly linked to imperialism and international financial capital.
The people now on the streets is the result of a frustration with a government that presented itself as a worker’s government, but in reality it represents the owners.
Here are some links from my previous posts on Brazil and its managed democracy that supports neoliberal economics
Consider this previous clip from March of 2011 when Obama went to Brazil:
After an early morning arrival in Brazil’s capital, Obama kicked off his Latin American tour by meeting with newly elected President Dilma Rousseff, then addressing a joint meeting of U.S. and Brazilian business leaders. He praised Brazil’s economic ascent and said American workers stood to benefit from increased ties with the world’s seventh-largest economy.
“As the United States looks to Brazil, we see the chance to sell more goods and services to a rapidly growing market of around 200 million consumers,” Obama said. “For us, this is a jobs strategy.”
Executives from a number of U.S. corporations, including International Paper, Cargill, Citigroup and Coca-Cola, participated in the CEO session. Where was the representation for labor, for the workers? Is this Obama’s idea of Democratic participation? Management makes the decisions and then tells labor how it will be?
Coca-Cola, one of the multinational corporations present with Obama has been targeted in legal actions and pressure campaigns stemming from allegations that two of its bottlers in Colombia conspired with paramilitary groups to intimidate and assassinate trade unionists. In 2001 the International Labor Rights Fund and the United Steelworkers of America filed suit in federal court in Miami on behalf of Sinaltrainal, the union representing workers at the bottling companies, as well as several workers who said they had been tortured and the estate of a union leader slain in 1996. In addition, due to their overall control of the Colombian bottling operations, the suit named the Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiary, Coca-Cola Colombia, as defendants under the Alien Tort Claims Act.
The district court dismissed the case against Coca-Cola and its subsidiary in 2003, but supporters of the plaintiffs launched a campaign that continued to pressure the parent company to address the conditions of the workers in Colombia. The Stop Killer Coke Campaign, led by veteran labor campaigner Ray Rogers, has targeted Coca-Cola’s relationship with SunTrust Bank and promoted a boycott of the soft drink company, focusing on its campus contracts. The campaign claims credit for getting numerous colleges and universities to suspend their business with Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola has long been criticized for its marketing efforts aimed at children, including efforts in schools, where it negotiated contracts to place soda machines in hallways and cafeterias.