On reflection

Brazil has voted: the Facebook verdict

Brazil’s new president is the old president. Dilma Rouseff of the Workers’ Party PT squeaked home with 51.6% of the vote, after a close-run and ill-tempered campaign.

Like the entire country, my friends on Facebook are divided.

RIP Brazil says Diogo C, who studies Media and Culture in São Paulo, laconically.

Felipe S, a writer and artist, calls Dilma’s opponents hypocritical egoists – people who are doing all right for themselves and have no idea how the other half lives. “Good night”, he closes, “soon you’ll find that your maid, your porter, the poor man and the black will be by your side, competing for the same opportunities as your kids.”

For Pery S, a Brazilian immigrant in London who works in a restaurant kitchen, the hypocrite is ex-President Lula – Dilma’s leftist predecessor. Apparently, Lula lived it up in the most expensive suite of the Copacabana Palace hotel – a very private interpretation of PT welfare, according to this poster:

Felipe E, actor, dancer and singer mocks the working class supporters of Dilma’s centre-right opponent, Aécio Neves. (Football legend  and favela idol Neymar famously declared his support for him). Felipe quotes the musician Tim Maia. “This country can never succeed. Here, hookers fall in love, pimps get jealous, drug-dealers turn into addicts and the poor are right-wing.” 

Pedro B, a drama student from a working class area, also attacks Dilma’s critics. “Continue to judge the poorest for having, once again, voted in a ‘welfare’ president who pays them a monthly salary as you tap your iPhones, eat pizza with cream cheese and change channels on your 50-inch LED TV’s”, he shouts after them.

Rodrigo P, a lawyer, says: “To conclude the subject of the election: what purpose did the protests of June serve in the end? Only to make the lives of people working in downtown Rio a misery!”

And Rodrigo’s friend Jana posts this slogan about Brazil’s soi-disant Ineptocracy:


“A system of government in which those least able to govern are elected by those least able to produce, and where those members of society least able to sustain themselves or succeed are compensated with goods and services paid for by the confiscation of the wealth of a decreasing number of producers.”

This gives a glimpse of a divided country. Now that the government of Brazil has once more been entrusted to Dilma Rousseff, she has my best wishes – for the sake of all Brazil.


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