Among the 25 countries in the world with the greatest problems and that feel in decline and helpless by those who govern them, Brazil ranks first. Of every 10 Brazilians, seven say they feel abandoned and in political crisis, according to the Broken System Sentiment 2021 study by Ipsos released days ago by the BBC.
Only Hungary and South Africa appear with rates of abandonment of society by their rulers similar to Brazil. According to those responsible for the survey, almost all the countries of the world reveal a feeling that the rulers work only for the most powerful and for their own benefit, but in no country does this criticism of the rulers appear as strong as in Brazil. The feeling that feeds most of the citizens is one of “disappointment and insecurity.”
74% of Brazilians appeal, as a remedy, to the arrival of a strong leader who will take the country out of the hands of the rich and powerful. According to the survey, that leader should be capable of “breaking the rules and should be someone outside the institutions.” This indicates, especially in Brazil, a certain nostalgia for the times of the dictatorship, which are seen by those most disillusioned with today’s politics as times of “order and no corruption”, something that we already know is false.
This explains the soul of Bolsonarism fed today by its leader with his instincts to break democratic institutions, to impose authoritarianism and the use of lies and fake news, which in the best style of Nazism, repeatedly a thousand times end up looking like the truth. The latest example of Bolsonaro is his stubbornness in stating that electronic ballot boxes are not reliable in elections, without any basis, since they are used and considered the safest in most civilized and democratic countries.
Hence, it is becoming clearer every day that the Bolsonarist ideology is not only conservative or far-right liberal, but also has its roots in neo-Nazism. As the anthropologist Adriana Dias has said in an interview with The Intercept, There are references to Bolsonaro on neo-Nazi web pages from 18 years ago, when he was an obscure parliamentarian.
The last sample has been the shameful photo with the deputy Beatrix von Storck, of the German extreme right, granddaughter of Hitler’s finance minister who had so much weight in the Jewish genocide, the most barbarous and emblematic in history. In the photo, she is seen embracing President Bolsonaro, who shows with a laugh an undisguised happiness and who, in the face of criticism, was surprised that his meeting with the Nazi leader could surprise no one.
All this is weaving the conclusion that the training and political instincts of Bolsonaro, who from a young age defends the military dictatorship and praises the torturers. And his attitude to the covid pandemic is explained, which is reaching 556,000 victims and that they have owed him the name of genocidal because his attitude to the pandemic was not only denial, it was something worse that should be studied. His attitude bears the shadow of the Nazi spirit of extermination of the weakest and of those who are no longer useful for work, such as the seriously ill and the elderly.
It is not strange, then, that those who fight for the defense of the indigenous are today persecuted by Bolsonarism at its roots. Those indigenous people who were the owners of these lands until they were colonized by Europeans are seen today by Bolsonarism as useless and even as a hindrance that prevents them from taking over the Amazon to turn it into a field that can be exploited by savage capitalism.
All that policy of Bolsonaro, which has already been proven that he neither knows nor wants to govern using the canons of democracy, appears more evident every day. His dream is to break democratic institutions in order to perpetuate himself in absolute power in the best example of the worst dictators. And that is what today leads the vast majority of Brazilian society and world concern; to that feeling of abandonment, insecurity, hopelessness and fear of a bankruptcy not only economic but also of values.
70% of Brazil today is aware of being orphaned of democratic leadership, without hope for the future, increasingly devoured by the economic and values crisis, with lines of families lining up to dispute the remains of food that the markets throw out. The trash.
Brazil knows today that education is in crisis, as well as culture and public security. This drags Brazilians to a feeling of disappointment, sometimes of contempt and even hostility to their leaders, unable to present them with an alternative that defends the values of democracy capable of embracing all social categories, offering them opportunities to improve in life and being able to dream of a decent future for themselves and their children.
The Ipsos study places Brazil as the country in the world with the greatest degree of disillusionment and in danger of betting on authoritarian governments, and reveals how it is possible that, given the growth of Bolsonarism, democratic institutions appear rather passive and even indifferent. It is not explained why Congress and Justice seem paralyzed, if not indifferent, before the authoritarian and destructive involution of civilizing values.
There are moments for a people that, as history teaches us, are decisive in determining whether to choose the path of peaceful and constructive coexistence. There will be no going back if we are not able to eradicate in time the evil of neo-Nazism that seems to want to revive with Bolsonaro. A policy of destruction and worship of lies that threatens not only peaceful coexistence, but also attempts to extirpate what is best and noblest in human beings to drag them back to the dark times of barbarism that humanity has already experienced and that it seems to want. raise again your banner of death and destruction.
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