In six days, Brazilians will most likely elect Jair Messias Bolsonaro as our next president. As we at The Brazilian Report have extensively covered, Mr. Bolsonaro’s rise benefited from a wave of anti-politics which struck down traditional parties. Many factors have contributed to this scenario, which most pundits thought to be impossible just months ago.
Even if Brazil’s educational system is absurdly underperforming, people did become better-educated over the past few decades. Voters are starting to do the math, linking the quality of public services in the country with the numerous corruption scandals we see in the news, day in, day out. That has sparked a repulsion of the establishment and an anti-Workers’ Party (who governed the country for 13 years) sentiment.