Almost Marx on The Financial Times ‘interview’ of Temer

Headline: Temer stays tough on Brazil economic reforms

Sub-headline: Unpopular president to press on with agenda that has boosted currency and stock market

Where else would the utterly corrupt Neo-Liberal Temer turn to but The Financial Times, or the WSJ, to find a friendly, even welcoming ear, to listen to and find favorable his ‘reforms’. Or, perhaps, I have it wrong, the editors of the FT sought out Temer as part of the continuing war against ‘The Rebellion Against the Elites’ or the even  riper target ‘The Left’ and its Marxists epigones, or to use American shorthand fellow travelers. Kleptocrats and plutocrats are always welcome in the respectable bourgeois financial press. Some quotations from this maladroit propaganda masquerading as an interview are enlightening.

Since Mr Temer’s centrist, pro-business government came to power following the impeachment of leftist former president Dilma Rousseff in August for manipulating public finances, it has passed a landmark law limiting future increases in budget spending to zero in real terms; started difficult pension reform; and is now planning to pass three more reforms to education, labour and tax laws before the next elections in 2018.

Temer is not simply ‘unpopular’ but completely illegitimate ! And barred from seeking political office for 8 years who somehow became president! According to Schmitt the ‘crisis’ begats the ‘exception’? And the business of ‘Austerity’ in the Neo-Liberal Economic Theology is ineluctable, even the fated destiny of its enactors and their victims:

“I would prefer that instead of being applauded now [for unsustainable populist spending] to be applauded later on, that is my objective,” he said.

How could the editors ignore this as political fact?

But another of the other reasons for his government’s low popularity is a sweeping investigation into corruption at state-owned oil company Petrobras that has implicated many members of his government and party, including the president himself.

Does President Temer’s ‘absolutely tranquility’ have something to do with the fact that he now holds the office of president, as indicative of the  wholesale corruption of the entire Brazilian political/judicial class?

Mr Temer said he had only sought legal donations. “I am feeling absolutely tranquil” about the investigations, he said, pledging that there would be “zero” interference from his government in the case.

The reader who wants a more reliable source of information, about the political situation in Brazil, will go to The Intercept. And Glenn Greenwald’s indispensable insight and revelations: as opposed to the Financial Times apologetics/rationalizations for Temer and his ‘Austerity’. Even as America and Europe seek through Populism, of both ‘Left’ and ‘Right’, to emancipate themselves from the codified Neo-Liberal mendacity.

Almost Marx



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