Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fascism in Brazil

It's not just the U.S. or Western Europe having a fascism problem. Brazil just elected an extremely right-wing candidate to the presidency who is already ushering in a new era of fascism in the country. Black, queer, and trans Brazilians are in a state of panic. Many are trying desperately to get out before the worst happens.

And this:

Bolsonaro’s election is catastrophic news for Brazil’s indigenous tribes

Brazil has just elected as its president a far-right nationalist with authoritarian tendencies and fascist inclinations. The country’s 900,000-strong indigenous people are among the many minority groups Jair Bolsonaro has frequently targeted with vitriolic hostility. “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry wasn’t as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated their Indians,” he once said. If he enacts his campaign promises, the first peoples of Brazil face catastrophe; in some cases, genocide.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh fuck.

Of course, the U.S. administration has praised and welcomed Bolsonaro. Trump is treating him with the same kindness and brotherhood as he's done with Kim Jong Un and other violent fascist dictators who have murdered millions of their own citizens. CEOs of big corporations are also excited, because fascism is a great boost to capitalism.

This man, Bolsonaro, is openly misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and transphobic. He used nearly the same campaign slogans as Hitler, and that is not a fucking exaggeration. Also, he has on at least one occasion said "Pinochet did nothing wrong." If that sounds familiar, it's what Patriot Prayer and the ""Proud Boys"" have been wearing on their t-shirts as one of their jokes-but-not-really. Also, Brazil's cops have already raided university libraries to confiscate anti-fascist literature.

This is like the U.S. post-2016 election, but significantly worse. Keep a lookout for crowdfunding and charity drives to help get vulnerable people out of the country. The good news is that (at least, I've heard) it's pretty easy for Brazilians to move to Argentina. Still, they have to leave their homes and lives behind. 

Here is one to get you started.

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