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The New Brazil: Regional Imperialism and the New Democracy


Manufacturer: AK Press

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At one time, Lula's election in Brazil offered a pretense of hope to the left. Amidst a rapidly shifting global economy, Brazil has since emerged as a powerful player on the geopolitical stage. With three years of aggressive economic restructuring, Lula embraced the legacy of Brazil's oligarchic past, paying off huge IMF loans years ahead of schedule and placing Brazil at the centre of political and economic power in the region.

Brazil is now the poster child for neoliberal capitalism. Within its borders, vast inequities in wealth and social services still exist—a striking contrast to the nation's newfound prestige in world politics. At the same time, unrest is growing.

Raúl Zibechi dedicates this book to "the new forces emerging in Latin America, to all the movements and acts of rebellion against current forms of oppression in mining, monoculture, hydroelectric dams—and against the new imperialism." For him, movements and militants must understand Brazil's rise to global power as part of changes happening in the world system. Toward that end, he provides a step-by-step analysis of the country's trajectory in recent decades: its new forms of militarization and "sub-imperialism"; the increasing collusion among its unions, multinational corporations, and the state; its devastating conquest of the Amazon; and, most importantly, the antisystemic movements that are getting stronger and smarter as they push the entire region in a more radical and humane direction.

By Raúl Zibechi, author of Dispersing Power and Territories in Resistance. Translated by Ramor Ryan, author of Zapatista Spring. AK Press, 2014.

Product Code: 9781849351683

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