File it under major wins for the global Left: Lula is the president-elect of Brazil. A central figure in organized labor, then eventually the thirty-fifth president of Brazil and a founder of the Workers’ Party (which he represents today), Lula was incarcerated beginning in 2018, on the basis of corruption charges — in a process that was itself corrupt, and relied on the involvement of key Bolsonaro allies. Now, Lula is free, and after running on policies to increase public spending, create more social housing, and eliminate poverty, he’s back in the nation’s highest office. Working-class and low-income Brazilians have spoken to the way that Bolsonaro totally abandoned them, literally leaving them to starve. They turned out last week to vote him out of office, and to put the nation in the hands of a former trade union leader.
We’ll be covering this truly heartening news for the international working class, which will certainly feel the effects of Bolsonaro’s loss and Lula’s win. We’ll also be joined by Rana Foroohar, journalist, author, and global economic analyst for CNN. Rana’s new book, Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World, takes on big questions about globalization and inequality that we can’t wait to get into with her on this week’s episode.
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Yaaaaaaas!!! GO LULA! Michael Books should have been here for this!
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