Brazil is experiencing a political and constitutional crisis, culminating in the current presidential election that has a far right, militarist candidate far in the lead. The possible election victory of Jair Bolsonaro threatens to lift fascism into institutional power while extending social instability and deep alienation onto the foreseeable future. Acute class and social conflicts are heightened while violence is openly called upon to oppress problems into submission: the offer of a false solution to terrible conditions faced by the country’s people.
A podcast interview with Alfredo Saad-Filho helps to explain the decisions and conditions that have led Brazil down this path. The podcast is by The Dig (of Jacobin magazine), and the interviewee is Daniel Denvir.
I recommend this podcast for its clear and concise analysis.
Alfredo Saad-Filho is a professor and political economist at SOAS University of London.