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Brazil's Move to - Bishop 1 Dr Bill Wisser HI-216 21 September 2008 Brazils Shift to the Left Recently in Brazil leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da

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Bishop 1 Dr. Bill Wisser HI-216 12 May 2009 Brazil’s Shift to the Left Recently in Brazil leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was re-elected as president despite the many allegations of corruption which plagued his previous term. Corruption aside, Lula was voted into office due to his many achievements that benefited the poor in his last term in office, most notably tackling inflation. Other improvements include raising the minimum wage, reducing unemployment, pay raises for public service workers and some elimination of government waste. All of this has resulted in slow but steady growth for Brazil. By tackling inflation, Lula gained much support of the majority of lower classes as they took on the brunt of the effects of inflation. As there have been material changes in the lives of millions of impoverished citizens, Brazilians are willing to overlook the corruption charges— something innate in Brazilian culture—with the hope of his continuing social reforms. The re-election of Lula marks a leftist shift in the country that was a struggle over many decades to achieve. In Brazil’s political past the majority of the leftist vernacular seemed to be aimed at only getting into office or were simply good intentions that couldn’t possibly be fulfilled within the current environment. There are many reasons for why leftist promises made in the past never materialized, but it is important to remember that Brazil is an extremely large country that has always been plagued with complex problems without simple solutions. Since the 1930s there have been many changes in the landscape of Brazil and in the world as a whole, so it is important to look at multiple events in Brazil’s history related to the emerging left to fully understand the
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Bishop 2 present shift. This compounds the question of how and why the left has formally emerged starting in 2002 with the election of Lula. Currently in Brazil there are no conservative parties or even candidates with platforms based less government interference, which is a testament to the strength of the emerging left. The question of why Brazil has been experiencing a move towards the left is a much more complicated, multi-faceted question that has many possible explanations. To understand this desire for the left one must examine the history of the country rather than look at current events exclusively. Through looking at the history of the nation it is much easier to understand how the left has manifested itself in Brazil’s newest presidential leader Lula. Brazilian leftist sentiment goes back as far as the 1930s when Getulio Vargas was placed into power following an economic downturn that devastated the almost entirely agrarian economy. After the prices of coffee plummeted, Vargas broke Brazil from its agrarian oligarchic rule and moved the nation towards much needed industrialization (Sherman, 70). With the instability from the Great Depression and World War II, Vargas gained widespread support from
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2008 for the course HI 214 taught by Professor Billwisser during the Spring '06 term at N.C. State.

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Brazil's Move to - Bishop 1 Dr Bill Wisser HI-216 21 September 2008 Brazils Shift to the Left Recently in Brazil leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da

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