2017: The year in which Brazil was subjected to Neoliberal Shock Therapy


December 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos – Translated from Nova Resistencia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – While the year 2017, at the international level, was a year of defeats for globalism, Atlanticism and liberal global hegemony, sadly, when it comes to our country, we can not say the same. For Brazil, the year 2017 was a year of defeat and a deepening of our decadence.

As the advanced forces of liberal global hegemony recede in the Middle East, are paralyzed in Eurasia and Asia and are scared in Europe, the center of globalism, whose operational heart is the American Deep State, sought to ensure its predominance in “their backyard” of Ibero-America.

With few exceptions expressing any element of resistance, neoliberal governments politically, economically, culturally and geopolitically aligned with globalism and Atlanticism tried to ensure the consolidation of liberal hegemony in the countries of our continent through the application of Shock Therapy neoliberalism – which we already know very well because we have already been victimized by it on other occasions.

The first step was taken at the end of the previous year, with the approval of the “spending ceiling”, a bizarre and unprecedented measure in the world, through which a government tied its own hands and feet, preventing the only real guarantee of growth and development, which are public investments. This has ensured the perpetuation of the crisis from which we will definitely not emerge for decades.

Since then, several other criminal and anti-national measures have been taken. It is as if Brazil had been defeated in a war and had been subjected to a new Treaty of Versailles. The crimes are too numerous to enumerate, but among them are:

* The opening of the pre-salt for the foreign exploration without obligation of participation of Petrobras;

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* The privatization package, including 57 items, including numerous airports and Eletrobrás, bringing back to Brazil the risk of blackouts and ensuring that electricity tariffs will increase even more in the future for most Brazilians;

* The approval of the Labor Reform, which weakened the CLT and guaranteed the precariousness of the Brazilian labor market, destroying stable jobs with a formal contract, and placing in its place unstable, precarious jobs whose wages are ridiculous;

* The approval of the new Refis, with the forgiveness of half a trillion in debt of the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in Brazil.

It was not done solely because of a lack of sufficient political strength to emulate, for example, the Pension Reform. But there is already enough to ensure that 2018 will be a year of further deepening of this process. The fact that Temer is the most unpopular political leader in our planet’s history does not stop him from marching to the rhythm of the Atlantic siren song.

Drastic situation? National tragedy? Yes.

But these defeats should not demobilize us. On the contrary, a special hell is destined for the cowards and deserters who swallowed the “black pill” and chose to separate themselves from the revolutionary political struggle, the only tool available to the people to reverse this defeat.

In 2018, we will continue to struggle.

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