[Marxism] Lula, Macdonald S., etc.

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Tue Aug 24 06:00:38 MDT 2004

Respuesta a: [Marxism] Re: Marxism Digest, Vol 10, Issue 64
Remitido por: Macdonald Stainsby
Fecha: Lunes 23 de Agosto de 2004 
Hora: 11:08

> To Hell with Lula, and let us
> hope he sparks the resurgence of the MST with his betrayals. He is no
> better than an Arab selling the Israelis concrete to build the
> Apartheid Wall.

(a) I believe that it is not us, but the Brazilians, who should send 
anyone to Hell.

(b) The above duly stated, I would add that 

(1) I have never been too enthusiastic with Lula, nor AFAIK, have 
most Brazilians.  As some Chilean journalists adequately point out 
today, Lula has more points in common with the Chilean "socialist" 
Lagos than with Chávez or -of course- Fidel Castro.

(2) The fact is that 20, 30, 40 or more years dedicated to the cause 
of the _São Paulo working class_ is not enough to become a good 
"Brazilian" Prez; São Paulo -yes, as a whole in more senses than one- 
has demonstrated to be less interested in the promotion of the 
interest of Brazilian revolution than it has been interested in the 
promotion of its own interest against the rest of the country.  It is 
not a matter of chance that "local" parties of a popular lean are so 
usual in São Paulo --the PT wasn't but such a party until the 
Brazilian Church decided to help it becoming a national option.

(3) It should be noted that in this character, Lula, _and most of 
today's PT leadership_, agreed with the pro-imperialist military 
during the mid-late 70s a "sensible" way for the latter out of power. 
 This included, first and foremost, and not as a matter of chance, 
political neutralization of the man who the Brazilian ruling classes 
really feared: Leonel Brizola.

(4) Brizola was the actual enemy because, as against Lula, he 
_linked_ the national struggle for Brazilian independence with the 
struggle for social justice in Brazil.  The Brazilian Left who voted 
for Lula as if he were the actual revolutionary were deeply wrong. 
Jacobin, petty-bourgeois revolutionary Brizola was much more 
revolutionary than Lula.  Anyway, the trick concocted between the 
"moderate Leftists" and the receding dictatorship worked well, and 
Brizola was first cornered into Rio de Janeiro and, second, cornered 
among out of the working class.  When the 1964 coup took place, he 
was beginning to attempt to rebuild the Workers' Party of that time, 
the Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro (PTB) whose acronym was 
intentionally captured by (or given to capture to) the PT of Lula.  
In many senses, the 1964 coup was an anti-Brizola coup, and Lula in 
the end helped the military to enforce their own programme against 
Brazilian Jacobin revolutionary nationalism.

(5) All the above said, however, I think it was not a "mistake" to 
vote for Lula on the last elections. And

(6) Though I hold the MST in the greatest respect, it is obvious that 
a "peasant" solution would be no better for Brazil than a 
"proletarian" solution.  This country needs, IMHO, a "national-
revolutionary" solution mixing both the urban and the agrarian 
revolutions.  Not easy.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar

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Buenos Aires, 1822
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