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The rejection of neoliberalism and the Latin American ‘soft coup’

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16.04.2018

Commentary. Lula’s imprisonment represents a grave attack on Brazilian democracy, but most of all it is an attempt to stop that extraordinary historical process that allowed 72 million people to rise above the poverty line.

written by Fulvio Lorefice

Topic Latin America

Also filed under commentary

April 15, 2018

The arrangement of national-international forces in Brazil is central to understanding the Lula affair and more generally the Latin American political situation. The division of labor in the continent assigns the region a minor role, hierarchically subordinate to the interests of northern economies. One of the achievements of research in Latin American history is the emphasis on the relationship with the United States, how it influenced countries and challenged their political, military and strategic leadership in the last 15 years.

A good example of the power relationship that the regional Left built in the last few years is the fact that national economic oligarchies that oppose left-wing governments have resorted to the so-called ‘golpe suave’ (soft coup), rather than the overtly military coups of the middle of the 20th........

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