Secessionists in Brazil (was Re: Different kinds of worms.)
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Tue Dec 25 14:27:57 MST 2001
> It is my impression that the long years of military dictatorship have
> least, the good outcome of a unified Brazil. But I might be wrong.
Nestor, I don't know what you are implying here, but are you defending
military dictatorships? I guess what we are talking about is Pinochet type
right wing military dictators that had consolidated power with the backing
of the United States. no??? The situation in Brazil must be similar to that.
During my short study of economic development in Brazil between 1964-1984, I
was not surprised to learn that the military regime, albeit its
nationalism, imposed imperialist austerity programs on the working class,
shut down unions/ leftist parties, and tried to emulate a program of
neo-liberal economic agenda, although failed to implement this fully because
of societal resistance and other economic problems (debt crises, etc..). One
should remember notorious right wing economist Hayek's regular visits to
Chile (and Brazil) and his blessings of the capitalist regime because of
military's commitment to privatization.
In the third world, one needs to make a distinction between progressive
bourgeois and right wing bourgeois nationalisms. Military itself cannot
guarantee an anti-imperialist/nationalist agenda if not backed by socialism
and working class. After all, what we need is an anti-imperialist
nationalism that would lead to class unity, not a chauvinist militarism that
is in the service of imperialism and class enemy.
Also, I would not also call every secessionist movement from Brazil
semi-fascist? It depends on what the class character of the movement is and
its goals are, which I don't know specifically. So Carlos may help me figure
happy holidays, Mine
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