[Marxism] Re: runoff may be needed in Brazil
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 2 09:01:35 MDT 2006
>I'm with you on this issue Fred. I don't know that much about Brazilian
>politics, but in the current context a loss for Lula in the second round
>would be a real blow, to the working class in Brazil and for all Latin
>Not to see this would be real sectarian blindness. Is the PSOL really
>that out to lunch?
You can say exactly the same thing about the Spanish Civil War. A victory
for Franco paved the way for WWII. But the real question is not whether
fascism is bad, but how to prevent it. If Lula had simply used his
presidency to advance the popular struggles, there would have been no
serious challenge to his left. Leaving aside Helena's credentials as a
leftist, I am afraid that I am hearing the same complaints about her
campaign that I heard about Ralph Nader's.
The Washington Post
October 28, 2002 Monday
Brazil Elects Lula in a Landslide; Nation's First Vote for Leftist Could
Set Back Plan for Hemispheric Free-Trade Zone
BYLINE: Scott Wilson, Washington Post Foreign Service
DATELINE: SAO PAULO, Brazil Oct. 27
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a former union leader who never attended
college, won a landslide victory today in a Brazilian presidential election
that reflected the disenchantment sweeping much of Latin America after a
decade of free-market reforms that have failed to deliver promised prosperity.
Lula, as the gray-bearded socialist is known, defeated his centrist
opponent, Jose Serra, a former government minister, by a huge margin. With
95 percent of the vote counted, Lula had 61.5 percent, compared with 38.5
percent for Serra, after a day when millions of Brazilians cast ballots
before massing along busy boulevards across the country for evening
celebrations. Few voting problems were reported. Serra conceded the
election to Lula in a congratulatory phone call tonight.
Lula's victory marks the first time a leftist has been elected president of
Latin America's most populous country, and is the clearest demonstration to
date of the growing backlash against globalization in this part of the
world. His election could mean trouble for the economic reforms backed by
the United States -- in particular, a hemisphere-wide free-trade zone --
that represent the Bush administration's most important policy initiatives
in Latin America.
While voting in this city's middle-class suburb of Sao Bernardo, Lula
appeared to speak to the millions of Brazilians who have endorsed his
pledge to move the world's eighth-largest economy away from the "Washington
consensus" followed by his predecessor and toward what he has called a "new
economic model" for this traditionally conservative country.
"I want to dedicate this election to the suffering poor of our beloved
Brazil," Lula told hundreds of chanting, cheering supporters who had
gathered at the polling place.
If this guy had simply kept his promises to the "suffering poor", he would
not have the problems he has today.
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