From Lula to Rousseff
Class Struggle and Accommodation in Brazil

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

Born out of the workers’ struggle against military dictatorship in the 1980s, Brazil’s Workers’ Party has moved a great distance from its radical roots. Increasingly, the PT’s abandonment of its own social and political base in order to try to please domestic, international, industrial, financial and agrarian capital has left many disillusioned in its corrupt rule—expressed most recently in the mass protests of 2013 against public transit fare hikes and the extravagant spending for the olympics. But who will gain the most from the struggles—the right or the left—is still undecided. Valério Arcary, a Marxist historian and leading member of the PSTU (United Socialist Workers’ Party) in Brazil, will discuss Brazil’s changing landscape and the prospects for the revolutionary left today.

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