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Thu Jan 3, 2019, 11:49 PM

4. Amazon, environment, people, democracy. New authoritarians,

> 'Brazil Is About To Show The World How A Modern Democracy Collapses.'
> Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazilian democracy- and a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow. By Travis Waldron, Huff Post, Jan. 1, 2019.

What a nightmare,” Argentine journalist Diego Iglesias tweeted in Spanish of the scene. Bolsonaro, whose presidency will begin with a New Year’s Day inaugural ceremony in Brasília, has routinely praised Brazil’s military dictatorship, which gave way to the return of democratic governance in 1985. And his rise to power shares many similarities with the military regime’s: Bolsonaro has seized on widespread discontent and fatigue with an incapable and corrupt political establishment, on fervid opposition to a leftist party that had spent more than a decade in power, on an economic collapse that Brazil has only slowly begun to escape, and on rising levels of violent crime.

And while he has pitched his surge to power as the result of a “populist” revolt, his base of support mirrors that of the old coup masters: wealthy financial elites, segments of the population willing to trade the rights and lives of the poor and marginalized for their own safety and economic prosperity, and traditional parties and politicians who refuse to acknowledge their own roles in creating the monster before folding themselves into his arms...

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