[Marxism] Centrists paved the way for the far right in Brazil | Brazil | Al Jazeera
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Thu Oct 25 07:33:31 MDT 2018
The seeds of the far right's rise started to be sown in the early 2000s,
when PT rode the global commodity boom to promote an economic bonanza
that raised the standards of living for the poorest while also
benefiting the rich. Lula's success made it impossible for opponents to
claim that PT wasn't working; the country was unequivocally better off
than it had been under PSDB. The only available route of attack lay in
exploiting moral concerns around elements of PT's agenda, like women's
and LGBT rights, and reheated Cold War "red scares". In this, the centre
right had support from major media groups and political leaders from the
growing Brazilian Pentecostal community, whose electoral profile is
essentially tied to moral issues. The more immoderate elements of this
tacit alliance were increasingly brought into an echo chamber in which
paranoid claims and bogus accusations would be dignified with comments
by opposition politicians and media pundits, and thus fed back into a
few news cycles until everyone moved on to the next fabricated outrage.
An editorial market for anachronistic anti-communist propaganda boomed.
Inevitably, this opened the door of mainstream debate, and of centre
right parties themselves, to the far right.
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