The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection$
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewPaul Craig Roberts Archive
There Has Been A Coup In Brazil
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information


Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • B
Show CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

In Brazil the country’s largest newspaper has published a transcript of a secret recording leaked to the newspaper. The words recorded are the plot by the rich Brazilian elite, involving both the US-corrupted Brazilian military and Supreme Court, to remove the democratically elected president of Brazil under false charges in order to stop the investigations of the corrupt elites who inhabit Brazil’s senate and bring to an end Brazil’s membership in BRICS. The Russian-Chinese attempt to organize an economic bloc independent of Washington has now lost 20% of its membership.

Democracy has been overthrown in Brazil as in Ukraine, Honduras—indeed, everywhere the dirty evil hand of Washington falls, including the US itself.

Glenn Greenwald reports on the extraordinary leak of the 75-minute recording of the conversations between Brazilian elites laying out the plot to frame the President of Brazil in order to protect themselves.

The Government of President Dilma Rousseff was dealing with the corrupt Brazilian elite in a legal, not a revolutionary, way. This was a strategic error, as neither the Brazilian elites nor their backers in Washington care a hoot about legality. For them power is the only effective force.

They used their power to remove Rousseff from the presidency, demonstrating to Brazilians that their votes are powerless to determine the government.

The world has seen this so many times. That is why the French Revolution, Marx, Lenin, and Pol Pot concluded that change was impossible unless the elites were exterminated.

In Latin America the populist governments that managed against all odds to be elected bind their own hands by extending the protection of the rule of law to their bitter domestic enemies, who take advantage of the protection afforded them to use their power to overthrow the elected government.

It will ever be so. Without a Lenin, there will be no change in Latin America or anywhere in the corrupt and elite-controlled Western world. In the Western world voting is a waste of time. The election hype is nothing but cover for elite control. Electorates, always hopeful, never catch on.

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Brazil 
Hide 20 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
  1. Hibernian says:

    A Reagan subcabitet member has come out of the closet as a full fledged Marxist-Leninist.

  2. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    PCR is saying that an armed revolutionary movement is required to remove the elites from power; he is not endorsing Marxist economics.

    • Replies: @Jim
  3. hbm says:

    I’ve wondered lately if PCR isn’t just a provocative dissenter, sometime conspiracy-head and nationalist admirer of Putin but maybe actually on the take from the Russians.

    Anyway, the issue is that “Marxists” run Washington and therefore run the policies of the so-called American Empire, which is why Brazil now has an Israeli in charge of its central bank.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  4. @Hibernian

    A Reagan subcabitet member has come out of the closet as a full fledged Marxist-Leninist.

    What a thoroughly ignorant, stupid statement to make. You wouldn’t know a marxist if one bit you on the ass.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  5. @hbm

    Anyway, the issue is that “Marxists” run Washington and therefore run the policies of the so-called American Empire

    Ditto from my previous. How stupid are you kneejerk commie-hunters? Marxism? What the major-delusional fück are you smoking?

    The rich own and operate the American government. This insanely stupid, stupid, STUPID attribution of “Marxism” is too pathetic for words. Ignorant, stupid, and quite obviously a spinner from your rich overlords. Go tug a forelock somewhere.

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I’m Brazilian, and I believe that calling Ms. Dilma Rousseff’s ousting a coup is a gross overstatement. The letter and the spirit of the law were scrupulously followed.

    Some observers, mostly on the left (Mr. Greenwald included), have argued that Dilma’s alleged transgressions (taking ‘free loans’ from state banks to the federal government in order to ‘cook the books’ and authorizing expenses without congressional approval) are too mild to justify her impeachment. However, chicanery involving state finances has often had dreadful consequences for Brazil, including gargantuan deficits, rampant inflation, failed banks, financial collapses and more than a few bouts of political instability. In summary, Dilma’s punishment does fit the crime.

    It’s more interesting that Mr. Temer incurred in many of the same crimes as Vice-president, but virtually no one seems too interested in going after him. What’s actually happening is that Dilma’s taking the fall for her spectacular economic incompetence–no coups, no news there; just more of the same same ham-handed financial alchemy and slipshod planning that Brazil has tried and failed at for 120 years, now going south for the umpteenth time. The immediate outcome is that power’s shifting to Mr. Temer and the porkmen of his party, the PMDB, who will continue to run the same kickback rackets involving public works that are dooming Dilma’s PT.

    There are no heroes in this story. Despite its previous (and unearned) reputation for probity, the PT just indulged, albeit to a greater extent, in basically the same rackets that Mr. Temer and his cronies have practiced all their lives. Former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso actually exposed some of the gory details in his recently published memoirs.

    There are many quite obvious signs that congressmen want to emasculate the judiciary’s corruption probes to avoid getting caught, but this is very much a separate issue and its outcome is rather uncertain I’d say. Dilma is one of the perpetrators, not a reformer who intends to bring corrupt elites to heel.

    I didn’t know that the military had been consulted, but I’m not surprised. Brazil’s creaky, ill-designed institutions are certainly under tension, but an internecine power shift will be enough for things to settle into something resembling the statu quo ante. Moreover, calling the Brazilian military ‘US-corrupted’ is painting with too broad a brush. Brazilian military officers are often nationalistic and many are suspicious of the United States.

    It’s also quite obvious that the military should monitor the Landless Movement, or MST, a million-strong movement that invades rural properties in the backlands and openly follows a Marxist-Leninist (ie., usurpative) line. Third-world peasants railing against corrupt elites sounds definitely enchanting to some gringo ears, but the MST has to be contained by force–there’s no way around it. However, the MST and the peasant movement in general is very much a spent force now that Brazil’s mostly urban. Not only have their tactics made them quite unpopular, but in terms of the ultima ratio, they’re hopelessly outgunned even by the state police forces.

    To finalize on an optimistic note, I’d say there’s been progress despite everything. Politicians, sleazy bankers, corrupt businessmen and assorted racketeers who everyone thought were above the law got stiff jail sentences, and Brazil’s ridiculously corrupt construction companies took a well-deserved 16″ broadside. Eppur si muove!

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Disagree: Kiza
  7. V. I. Lenin was a violent dictator who accomplished the deaths of millions of innocent people. He would surely be much more vividly remembered , had he not been succeeded by Joseph Stalin. Is Dr Roberts advocating the extermination of millions of Latin Americans to accomplish “regime change”, something for which he derides Clinton, Bush and Obama ?
    Latin America needs carefully devised and implemented reform, not pseudo-reformers like Dilma Rousseff.
    Given the nature of Latin America, the poorest and most backward part of the West as it has been called, any reform is likely to be slow and difficult.

  8. Jim says:

    But he is calling for mass murder along the lines of Lenin and Pol Pot. Of course in history the consequences of bloody revolutions have been disastrous. Two hundred years ago Haiti had a gory revolution in which the ruling class was killed to the last man, woman and child and their wealth was 100% redistributed. Today Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world.

    Russia today is only a shadow of what it might have been if the Russian Revolution had not occurred. Literacy rates in France fell after the French Revolution because of the destruction of church run schools. Literacy in France did not return to it’s pre-Revolution level until the 1820’s. France did not fully recover from the devastation of the French Revolution until 1840.

    Venezuela today is a good example of the disastrouus consequences of the madness of the left.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  9. @Hibernian

    Thou dost protest too much.

    I am sick to death of commie-hunters.

    • Replies: @jtgw
  10. jtgw says: • Website
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    Without a Lenin, there will be no change in Latin America or anywhere in the corrupt and elite-controlled Western world.

    I’m not sure how much more obvious PCR has to make it for you. He is unironically (as far as I can tell) calling for a Leninist revolution in Brazil.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  11. Kiza says:

    As usual, PCR is a magnet for the trolling turds. It was never worth disputing their moronic drivel. But I enjoyed the article.

    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  12. @Kiza

    Trolling never gets anyone anything. However, simply questioning the premise of the article, something quite easily done, is not trolling. PCR has gone of the deep end of late.

    There has been no coup in Brazil or Ukraine. PCR is simply doing what he does these days, acting stupidly.

  13. @jtgw

    Look sharp, sport! Don’t quote stuff in a Reply that was not in the post Replied-To.

    I do not give a tinker’s DAM what you think of PCR, or what you think PCR is promoting. I said I am sick and tired of you phony commie-hunters, relics from 1957, trumpeting your utter BS. There has never been a communist country, and there will never BE a communist country. Communism does not work. But, there is a fücking raft-load of dumbshits who have dedicated their stupid lives to chasing down ideas they regard as “commie”.

    Get a fücking life. Read. Learn things. Know what you’re talking about. Stop lying.

    • Replies: @jtgw
  14. jtgw says: • Website
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    Clearly the revelation that your hero PCR loves Lenin is causing you to have a nervous breakdown. I suggest a massage and some good weed.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  15. @jtgw

    I suggest a massage and some good weed.

    I rather suspected there was marijuana involved in your “thinking” process.

  16. tsotha says:

    I read the Greenwald article and didn’t see even a hint of US involvement. Did I miss something?

    • Replies: @Ivan K.
  17. Ivan K. says:

    Paul C. Roberts says he’s never seen evidence of CIA involvement in Chile’s coup in 1973:
    Here is a dispute between him and readers about it:

    Now he assumes there was a US-influenced coup in Brazil, apparently without evidence.

    What an interesting contrast.

  18. Olorin says:

    Wal, yeah.

    But it’s madness and disastrous consequences FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

  19. woodNfish says:

    While I sometimes agree with Paul Roberts, he has never ending source of leftist sources he likes to use and The Intercept is one of them. The Intercept is not a reliable source. They are so completely twisted in their totally leftist thinking when they look in the mirror, they see the backs of their heads. The Intercept is worse than Time and Newsweek and even the NYT. Total, complete leftwing bias, no balance. The only good they have ever done is release the Snowden files on the NSA. Consider anything else they publish with extreme skepticism.

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to All Paul Craig Roberts Comments via RSS