Hereby we publish an unofficial translation of the Weekly Editorial of A Nova Democracia.
The workers, peasants and progressives must free themselves from the straitjacket of the paralyzing blackmail that “without Lula it is worse” and the ideological misery with which opportunism numbs them, according to which it is necessary to give political support to this government and cover up its right-wing government nature.
At the opening of work in the Chamber of Deputies, on February 5th, the head of the Legislature, Arthur Lira, was harsh with Luiz Inácio: “The budget is not and cannot be the exclusive authorship of the Executive, much less of a technical bureaucracy. ”, decreed the de facto president of the country. An act that ratified what we all know: we have a right-wing government and, even so, a president in a corner. Lira is in charge of the country, despite the loudmouth who occupies the Palácio do Planalto.
Luiz Inácio finds himself in a difficult situation: he was elected on the promise of guaranteeing “picanha [Translator’s note: Brazilian meat steak] and beer” for the people – in an allusion to the rise of the poor to the “middle class” –, by the minority of the electorate able to vote in a highly contested election, in which a third of the population boycotted the elections in contempt of the false polarization and just under a third voted for the opponent Bolsonaro. After 13 months, the economy remains stagnant, in an adverse global situation and it is increasingly clear that the president is not actually him.
What remains for Luiz Inácio is to help ensure that Bolsonaro does not lose political relevance (and he counts, in his support, on the operations of the Federal Police, always magnificently covered by the press monopoly, which this time “discovered” what Bolsonaro himself already had publicly stated: that he has a private intelligence apparatus and conspired to launch the military coup). Apparently paradoxical, this is the condition for Luiz Inácio to maintain cohesive his social base in trained popular movements and in deluded democratic public opinion. No wonder, every other day, Luiz Inácio makes references and comparisons and revives the false polarization with Bolsonaro: in this particular, the PT member does the same as Bolsonaro did by relying on anti-PTism as a platform for the cohesion of his social base with parts of public opinion. In the end, Luiz Inácio and the PT only work to revive Bolsonarism, in public opinion and strengthen the political and even electoral relevance of the Bolsonaro clan, their favorite competitor to secure his 4th presidential term in 2026 , for which they did nothing and they do nothing to punish the coup that radiated from the barracks and culminated in the second Bolsonarada – now, once again in the open, with the PF operations. The chaos on January 8th was just a warning message about who actually runs the country, sent by the High Command of the Armed Forces to the recently installed government. So far and as always, the government has only conciliated with the coup generals, who continue in command roles and are awarded huge funds from the PAC. The PT and Luiz Inácio, once again, play dangerously with the Nation’s fortunes.
However, in fact, the reality is that the same political group that defined all the fundamental policies of the Bolsonaro government, through control of the Budget and positions in the government, continues with the same power of command in the current government. The same, without taking it off or putting it on. They continue to send the “agrarian caucus” of the Agricultural Parliamentary Front and many other energetic people willing to the greatest baseness to reproduce themselves in the bowels of this republic, all yesterday Bolsonaro supporters, today in the Luiz Inácio government or in its allied base. Can anyone, even remotely honest, have any doubts that this government is right-wing, in content and, increasingly, also in form?
The workers, peasants and progressives must free themselves from the straitjacket of the paralyzing blackmail that “without Lula it is worse” and the ideological misery with which opportunism numbs them, according to which it is necessary to give political support to this government and cover up its right-wing government nature. No! It is necessary to fight, no matter the reactionary government, to impose democratic freedoms and the rights of the people and achieve their liberation and that of the entire Nation. This is the task of the day for popular movements in general.