Sunday, September 18, 2005

Brazilian left: from victory to defeat and to victory again

Philosopher Olavo de Carvalho has just sent me this briefing on his presentation at Atlas Economic Research. It explains the actual status of the leftist takeover in Brazil.
Enjoy it!

Brazilian left:  from victory to defeat and to victory again  


Olavo  de Carvalho*


A  brief presentation delivered at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation,  Washington D.C., September 15th  2005.


           For fifteen years the Brazilian media refused to tell the public about the "São  Paulo Forum", the controlling center of communist and pro-communist  organizations in Latin America, founded in 1990  by Fidel Castro and Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.

           Far from the public's eyes, the Forum has had time enough to prepare Lula's  ascension to the Presidency as well as to articulate it to the simultaneous  victories of the leftist parties in the neighbour countries and to the growing  power of Colombian guerillas.

           It has had also time enough to set up, under the protecting mantle of general  silence, the gigantic corruption machine that has been giving financial support  to the Brazilian Workers' Party and to other leftist organizations.

           It is not at all a coincidence that the Workers' Party politician more directly  involved in the recent corruption charges, Mr. José Dirceu, was precisely the  one that has the closest personal links to Fidel Castro and to the São Paulo  Forum. Corruption is deeply rooted in the Workers Party, not as a vulgar way for  personal moneymaking, but as a technical instrument to erode the moral basis of  capitalistic society and to fund the revolutionary strategy. These two  objectives are closely intertwined. Funded by corruption, the growth of leftist  parties strenghtens the credibility of the attacks they make against society, as  if capitalism was equally immoral without their own deliberate efforts intended  to degrade the moral standards.  

           The articulation of a variety of leftist parties in the São Paulo Forum, added  to the public's ignorance of the very existence of that organization, allows  them to follow a unified blueprint for the conquest of absolute power while at  the same time simulating a pluralism of political discourses in a normal  democratic competition.

           This shrewd strategy got to isolate the conservative parties and to deprive them  of any ideological substance, up to the point when they became inhibited to  criticize the leftist ideology as such. Some degree of leftism became the first  moral duty of every good citizen. Many conservatives turned into active allies  of the government in order to ensure themselves a humiliating political  survival. Those who had no stomach for that chose instead the strategy of  passive adaptation. They made their best to hide their convictions and to pay  large amounts of lip service to the honorableness of their adversaries' ideas.  Consistently, they tried to limit any criticisms to precise points lacking any  ideological relevance, chiefly those concerned with administrative inefficiency  and corruption, hoping these charges would so not offend any ideological  susceptibilities in the left and could perhaps obtain some support from the best  men in the left itself.

           This self-weakening strategy was condemned to failure since the beginning. It  got to destroy the conservative parties, but, when all seemed to be lost, it  suddenly turned into a mortal poison inside the government's belly. This  happened because a conservative ally of the Workers' Party, representative  Roberto Jefferson, a strange and unpredictable character, decided to commit  political suicide, confessing the crimes he and many other rightwing members of  the Parliament had comitted in exchange of government's bribes. By accusing  himself, this ambiguous type, at once a swindler and a hero, exposed the huge  government corruption machine in such a persuasive terms that nobody could any  more deny its existence.

           In the weeks that followed, the amount of attacks and evidences, including many  murder charges, grew to astronomic proportions and the government's moralistic  façade fell down at once.  

           Should we commemorate it? Of course not, because between Lula's election and the  disclosure of the government's crimes the leftist apparatus had the time and the  means to spread its agents everywhere, to tear down any consistent opposition,  to take absolute control over the judicial system, to corrupt the media, to  strenghten the Brazilian ties to Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro and to allow the  Colombian narcoguerillas to act freely in Brazilian territory under  semi-official protection. The Workers's Party may fall, but no conservative  force will rise to its place. The sole beneficiaries of the main leftist party's  disgrace are the lesser leftist parties of the São Paulo Forum, kept and  protected as in a freezer during all these years and now ready to present  themselves to the public as the new incarnation of the highest morality.  

           In order to grasp the real intentions of these parties, you should only know  that the most promising one, the PSOL, is under the ideological guidance of Mr.  Achille Lollo, an Italian terrorist who some years ago set fire to one of his  political enemies' house in Rome, burning to death his two children. The  spiritual highness of the master is the standard for the morals of the disciple.  Look at Mr. Lollo and you will see the future of Brazil.




           If now you are kind enough to hear me a few more minutes, I will tell you what  all these things have to do with Americans.  




           Since the late Dr. Constantine Menges's warnings against the Lula-Castro-Chavez  "little axis of evil" were published in 2002, I have been expecting the American  government to take a firm stand against the rise of neocommunist parties in  Latin America and specially in my own country.  As I personally had been uncovering the growing tide of leftist arrogance, being  the last and only conservative voice in Brazilian big media, I was candid enough  to fancy that the powerful support my opinions were receiving from an  outstanding Hudson Institute scholar might be the sign of some auspicious  changing in the U. S. policy  towards Latin America. Perhaps the "scoundrel  times" when Clinton's Ambassador to  Brazil proclaimed Lula to be "the  Brazilian incarnation of the American dream" were at last approaching their  end.

           Instead, the American government went on and on dispensing a regular amount of  flattering accolades to Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, treating him as if he  were the very antidote to Hugo Chavez' revolutionary demagoguery and a champion  of capitalist democracy in the continent.  

           At the same time, American official agencies and billionaire foundations  continued to give full financial support to Brazilian leftists, allowing them to  pose as harmless reformers and to deceive Brazilian voters.  

           Under the best of disguises, these people went on to implement the blueprint for  general subversion designed by Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Colombian  narcoterrorists at the annual meetings of the "São Paulo Forum".

           For Brazilian lovers of freedom, America's unbroken support for Lula  and his Worker's Party was superlatively disappointing. As the reality of a  communist conspiracy in Latin America was  concealed from the public opinion for more than a decade by Brazilian big media,  the whole country fell under Lula's spell, believing him to be some kind of  naïve Christian populist, too much unsophisticated to be conceivably mixed to a  Macchiavellian plot. The few intellectuals and journalists who knew the truth  were isolated, powerless, unable to spread it among the general public. I payed  a high price for trying to do so as a press columnist, suffering insults and  death threats for years and finally being fired from two newspapers and a  magazine. The political inspiration of the dismissals was too visible to deceive  my readers, who sent hundreds of letters protesting against the suppression of  my columns. But the letters, of which I kept copies, were never published. The  concealing of truth is never perfect unless it conceals itself.  

           Meanwhile, I and some of my colleagues did our best to use the internet as a  means to fight the massive suppression of truth. But we were few and devoid of  any financial support. We payed from our own pockets to keep the standards of  real journalism alive, while a continuous cash flow from state banks and private  corporations, both from Brazil and abroad, allowed communist and pro-communist  websites, newspapers, magazines and TV shows to flourish everywhere. When,  against all probabilities, our penniless electronic newspaper "Mídia Sem  Máscara" (Unmasked Media) was chosen by popular vote to win the second prize in  a national contest against its millionaire leftist competition, some of us could  not avoid tears dropping from our eyes. But it was only a moral victory, with no  practical results whatsoever. We were still so powerless that it was  easy for our foes to deny publicly not only the communist continental strategy  but the very existence of the "Sao Paulo Forum". They were strong enough to  triumph over truth even after we published in "Midia Sem Mascara" the complete  proceedings of the twelve meetings of the Forum, the full proof of the intimate  connections between the Worker's Party and Colombian  narcoterrorists.

           Truth was everywhere downtrodden, derided, humiliated. Rejected and isolated in  our own country, we turned our eyes to America, excited by George W. Bush's  second electoral victory and by Dr. Menges' precise diagnosis of the  situation.  

           America was our last hope,  and America failed us.  

           Now that the deep corruption in Lula's administration became visible to the eyes  of everybody and that Brazilian people are conscious of the awful trap set up to  catch them, it is due time for the American government to reassess the gain it  obtained from appeasing Lula and disregarding the true friends of America in  Brazil. President Bush is now seen by every Brazilian voter as the main foreign  supporter of the dirtiest and most despicable administration we ever had.  Leftist parties, aware that it will be impossible to save Lula's reputation, are  managing to associate the government debauchery to its American links, in order  to blame the "right" for the crimes comitted by the left. It is the most  creative strategy of dammage administration ever seen, and it is working. For a  whole decade, many Brazilians hated America because they loved Lula. Now  they hate America because they hate Lula.  

        Perhaps  there is still time to change the course of events, but action must be quick.  The crimes of the Brazilian government are neither isolated facts nor the late  results of Lula's mythical "turning to the right",  but the natural  implementation of the Worker's Party plans for total dominination, devised in  close association with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Why should  America once more pay for the  misdeeds of its foes? The American government has to chose between telling the  truth or falling victim to a lie.  



* Olavo de Carvalho ( is a  Brazilian philosopher and writer and a columnist for the newspapers "Diario do  Comércio" (São Paulo) and "Jornal do Brasil" (Rio de Janeiro). He teaches Political  Philosophy at the Catholic University of Parana (South of Brazil) and is the  author of a dozen books.  



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Sir, I would respectfully submit that it is not America's responsibility to "save" Brazil. If, as suggested in your piece, Brazilians do not like us, first because they love Lula, next because they have come to hate Lula, then maybe it is just too damned easy for Brazilians to decide that we are at fault, no matter what particular situation they happen to be angry about.We have plenty already on our plate right now, thank you. You are a large civilized country with plenty of intelligent and responsible adults. You do not NEED us!

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