Brazilian crisis: social struggles, economic recession and political instability

Marcelo Badaró Mattos


Brazilian crisis: social struggles, economic recession and political instability
(Latin American Marxism)

Marcelo Badaró Mattos - Universidade Federal Fluminense

Political instability in Brazil is evident. By the time this summary is written a president of the Republic is "suspended" by impeachment proceedings. On the surface of political events we can note allegations of corruption, judicial and parliamentary maneuvers, ideological action of the media and growth of manifestations of reactionary right. The purpose of this communication is to go beyond the surface of political events in search of connection between them and the social interests of different sectors of the ruling class installed in Brazil in a context of economic crisis and growing social struggles. Chronologically, the worsening of social conflicts became visible with the mass demonstrations that took place in the country in June 2013, and the economic crisis began to manifest itself more sharply from 2014. The hypothesis worked here is that the combination of these two processes took a growing share of the Brazilian ruling class to withdraw their support to the government of the Workers Party (PT), choosing from the end of 2015 the option of removal of Dilma Rousseff. This option of the main bourgeois fractions was made in spite of the PT government's efforts to carry out policies of austerity and containment of social struggles, making it clear that the class conciliation formulas represented by over 13 years of PT governments are no longer considered appropriate by the bourgeois sectors that previously supported them.

Latin America - class struggle