Main Brazilian challenger for the Presidency “Trump of the Tropics” (© Thorfinnsson) Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed by a Communist activist.
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He is said to be in a serious but stable condition. I assume his chances of winning have skyrocketed, assuming he survives. If not, the Army may intervene (his VP is a general).
I don’t have anything against Brazil, nor am I any sort of Brazil expert, but my impression is that they don’t seem to be doing so well. Which I suppose explains why Bolsonaro is doing so well.
* After years of plaudits from The Economist, its economy has been performing worse than Russia’s in the past few years – even though it is not as dependent on oil, nor has it been subjected to Western sanctions.
Note also that Brazil’s population is growing by 1% a year, whereas Russia’s is almost stable, so the disparity in per capita performance would be even worse.
* It seems to be a lot poorer than Russia (and now China too). Average wages are similar in nominal USD terms, but Russia is twice cheaper. Living standards might be comparable to the Ukraine.
* Their last President has been impeached (Rousseff), while the President before that is in jail on corruption charges (Lula). Glenn Greenwald keeps claiming that he was wrongfully convicted. I don’t know enough to judge whether that’s accurate, but either way, this does demonstrate considerable dysfunction.
* Homicide rates are consistently skyhigh at 30/100,000.
* Their main national museum burned down a few days ago; I am given to understand that it was something like the British Museum and Natural History Museum combined. Brazil lost something like 25% of its Culture Points at a stroke.
(This rather puts the recent conflagration of the historic Dormition Church in Kondopoga, Karelia into perspective. Very sad to be sure, but it was hardly the Tretyakov Gallery.)
This was a result of low spending on culture during the past few socialist administrations. There were no modern fire control systems.
This is pretty strange, since Brazilian government spending is actually pretty high. But what are they spending it on? As a young country, they can’t have many pensioners. They are not known for a strong military either. Military spending is low.
I assume it’s mostly welfare?
If so, no wonder there is increasing ethnic separatism amongst southern whites.