Opinion

The Brazilian left and its fetishes

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The Brazilian left resists calling out dictators

Every now and then – but especially during the campaign season – one subject resurfaces: the way left-leaning parties in Brazil position themselves on authoritarian regimes they identify as “progressive,” “socialist,” or “communist.” Leaders of these parties are often obliged to take a stance on such regimes. Why, many voters ask, do these parties have such a favorable view of Cuba’s dictatorship, the Venezuelan spiral into hell, and the authoritarian rise in Nicaragua? These are, after all, the left-wing voices that so vociferously denounce the atrocities of Brazil’s military dictatorship, Israel’s abuses against Palestine, and American militarism...

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