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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Brazil: 45% in poverty, yet only 50.9% for Lula

I don’t really understand the outcome of the 2022 Brazilian general and presidential elections (Wiki). At least 45% of the 216 million people live in (extreme) poverty (source). Nevertheless, only 50.9% voted for Lula.

An ironic explanation is that the more wealthy citizens become, the less likely they will vote for Labour-Left. The same trend is visible in Europe, where the once mighty Labour-Left now leads a marginal existence (Pew). Extreme poverty in Brazil declined from about 60% in 1985 to some 13% in 2020 (source).

Apparently, this is not just a political fight between a Labour candidate and a nationalist. In and of itself, that fight is weird because its either Labour-Left versus Conservative-Right, or nationalism vs globalism.

Perhaps, the situation in Brazil is similar to the UK: Labour-Left versus conservative nationalism. In that case, we should also expect political chaos considering the political deadlock in Brazil:

“While neither the Liberal party nor the Workers’ party have majorities, Congress remains tilted to the centre-right, which should bar attempts to implement more interventionist policies.” (FT-2022)

Why (did) do so many (poor) people prefer Bolsonaro or Boris Johnson? What prevents (poor) people from voting Labour-Left? Is it about (no) trust? Or (no) respect for other people’s money?

I never vote for Labour-Left. My choice and priorities are about economic principles and family values. I do respect and trust Labour-Left. I might prefer Conservative-Right ignorance over Labour-Left arrogance.

Quite often, my rational criteria are different from the emotional criteria of other people (eg, respect, trust). I do not view political opponents as enemies – unlike others. I believe in cooperation over competition.

I suppose that most humans are conservative as we do not like or even hate Change. This natural bias is mostly reflected in general elections and/but not reflected in the composition of the (mostly liberal-left) news media.

In my view, Bolsonaro – and Trump – would have renewed their presidencies if they had only shown some conservative nationalism. That’s the inherent problem with ignorance, I suppose.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

An alleged quote by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th president of the United States

Magalenha (1992) by Sérgio Mendes ft. Carlinhos Brown
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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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