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Brazil's coup and the left media's imperial blindspot.


You can't talk about the failure of the PT party, or Brazilian left, without talking about who they were fighting, and the power differential. You're talking about a political party that controlled 22% of congress, never controlled the military or the judiciary, going up against the most powerful nation in the world's petroleum interests. Look at who they were fighting, if you're going to talk about what they failed to do. Wouldn't it be better to listen to them about what they think they did right and wrong?

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier explains what Jacobin and the Western / Northern left media at large got wrong about politics in pre-coup Brazil - focusing attacks on the country's leading left PT party and ignoring both voices from the PT itself, and the broader threat of US imperialism as the right set the stage for a takeover.

Brian is a co-author of the article How the US Left Failed Brazil for Brasilwire.

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Brian Mier

Brian Mier is co-editor at Brasil Wire, Brazil correspondant for TeleSur English's news program From the South, and host of Globalistas on TV 247. You can follow Brian on his Substack.


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