Author: André Acier

Debates on the Revolutionary Left in Brazil and Latin America

One of the speakers at the Latin American and United States Conference, called by the organizations of the Left Front in Argentina in late July, was André Barbieri — international editor of Esquerda Diário of Brazil and part of the leadership of Left Voice’s sister organization, the Revolutionary Workers’ Movement (MRT). Here we reproduce two of his interventions.

Pandemic and Class Relations: The Bourgeoisie Warns of “Uprisings and Revolutions”

The bourgeoisie is being warned: “The most misleading cliché about the coronavirus is that it treats us all the same. It doesn’t, neither medically nor economically, socially or psychologically. In particular, Covid-19 exacerbates preexisting conditions of inequality wherever it arrives. Before long, this will cause social turmoil, up to and including uprisings and revolutions.”

The Virus and the Crises of the Brazilian Regime

Of all the world’s countries, perhaps Brazil most explosively combines the coronavirus pandemic with a political crisis. The leadership of the Armed Forces is increasing its clout within the government and as a major element of the regime. Rather than removing President Jair Bolsonaro, the military holds on to its moderating power by limiting his role in the midst of the crisis, bringing him into line with the governors, the Congress, and the Supreme Court in a kind of institutional-military Bonapartism.

Debates on the Revolutionary Left in Brazil and Latin America

One of the speakers at the Latin American and United States Conference, called by the organizations of the Left Front in Argentina in late July, was André Barbieri — international editor of Esquerda Diário of Brazil and part of the leadership of Left Voice’s sister organization, the Revolutionary Workers’ Movement (MRT). Here we reproduce two of his interventions.

Pandemic and Class Relations: The Bourgeoisie Warns of “Uprisings and Revolutions”

The bourgeoisie is being warned: “The most misleading cliché about the coronavirus is that it treats us all the same. It doesn’t, neither medically nor economically, socially or psychologically. In particular, Covid-19 exacerbates preexisting conditions of inequality wherever it arrives. Before long, this will cause social turmoil, up to and including uprisings and revolutions.”

The Virus and the Crises of the Brazilian Regime

Of all the world’s countries, perhaps Brazil most explosively combines the coronavirus pandemic with a political crisis. The leadership of the Armed Forces is increasing its clout within the government and as a major element of the regime. Rather than removing President Jair Bolsonaro, the military holds on to its moderating power by limiting his role in the midst of the crisis, bringing him into line with the governors, the Congress, and the Supreme Court in a kind of institutional-military Bonapartism.

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