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Reading the European press, and even of the Brazilian press, on the Bolsonaro phenomenon, they want us to believe that it is about the rise of a standard phenomenon called national populism and that has threatened the political establishment in the western powers.
Hence the comparison of Bolsonaro with the French National Front, the Hungarian government or the election of Trump, three movements with major differences but that are thrown in the same bag of the “national populism”.
Even the useless liberal musician Roger Waters, a former member of Pink Floyd, recently embarked on this path adding Bolsonaro’s name to his critique of Putin’s “fascism,” Trump, Orban, Le Pen, etc.
What defines these movements in the Northern Hemisphere, however, would be their opposition to comopolitanism and neoliberalism that drives financial globalization and the expansion of postmodern identities.
Bolsonaro, however, does not fit even the bag of “national populism”, broad enough to embrace projects with crucial divergences.
Although it represents a partial reaction of the Brazilian population to the identities of Western cosmopolitanism – partly because it relies on the crudest surface of the country’s real submission to the mass cultural industry bombarded with the centers of international capitalism – Bolsonaro nevertheless explicitly intends to bind the country flows of finance capitalism and globalization.
Bolsonaro intends to give a neoliberal shock in the country, with commercial liberalization and adhesion to the fading uniploar Americanization, with rights even to the independence of the Central Bank. In this critical sense, it is against the so-called “national-populisms” in its more general and necessary characteristics.
A real Brazilian national populism would have to have the conjugation of national developmentalism and laborism defended a long line of nationalists of our past with a foundation in the valorization of the Brazilian traditional culture, beyond the mere moralistic conservatism with which the candidate of the PSL sells to the masses.
A true Brazilian national populism has not yet occurred in this decade, and will have to emerge in opposition to the neoliberalism and the Americanization intended by Bolsonaro.
In that sense, it misses the media again. Bolsonaro is not a fascist. Not only is he not a fascist, but he has nothing to do with equally discoherent populists like Trump, Le Pen, Putin, Salvini, Órban, Farage, (also, also difficult to place under one label) and several other figures called “populists” by the international establishment.
Despite their differences, all figures are all undoubtedly above Bolsonaro in what concerns their proximity to a multipolar and illiberal pole.
Once all the desperate mytho-mania of the hysterical left has been ruled out, it remains to be understood that Bolsonaro is nothing more than a Brazilian Macri with militaristic fetishes. Nothing more, nothing less.
We need real Brazilian populism.
FREEDOM! JUSTICE! REVOLUTION!