Opinion

Unprecedented level of political radicalism in Brazil

Even before far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach, Brazil's presidential race had reached levels of radicalism unheard of since the 1985 return to democracy.
Radicalism: Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during rally

Even before far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach, Brazil’s presidential race had reached levels of radicalism unheard of since the 1985 return to democracy. Now, the hole is getting even deeper. This new escalation of violence touches, of all people, the most belligerent of our presidential hopefuls: Jair Bolsonaro, the only relevant candidate who can truly be called an extremist. Indeed, Mr. Bolsonaro’s campaign is the very product of the radicalism that has shaped Brazilian politics for the past decade.

Under Lula, the Workers’ Party adopted a very polarizing rhetoric which was met with an...

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