The BRICS Of The Empire: The ‘B’ of The BRICS – Brazil
The ‘B’ of The BRICS — Brazil
The very first brick in the BRICS comes from Brazil—and, as such, it very much provides an introduction – sort of prologue, to the whole BRICS saga. Behind the mask of democracy and the prospects of a fast growing economy lies the ugly face of a brutal feudal system—The feudal lords own most of the wealth and resources of Brazil and have complete control of the apparatus of the government and all of its agencies.
Typical of such feudal systems – even as Brazil seeks to hype its PR image to the outside world, the countryside remains backward, anarchic, and utterly poor. Masses suffer more as economy, with each of its up-tick, sucks out more of their purchasing power. As the rich become richer, the poor sink more into the abyss of poverty.
Consequently, Brazilians enjoy one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world.
To better understand the present of Brazil, it is worth having a peek into its past —courtesy – in part, of Wikipedia.
Brazil was inhabited by numerous tribal nations prior to the landing of traveler Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500, who claimed the area for the Portuguese Empire. Brazil remained a Portuguese colony until 1808, when the capital of the empire was transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro after French forces invaded Portugal. In 1815, it was elevated to the rank of kingdom upon the formation of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.
Later on, Portuguese tried to re-establish Brazil as a colony again, but their attempts failed. In 1822, almost forty years after the US Declaration of Independence, a Portuguese Prince, Dom Pedro, declared himself the first Emperor of Brazil, creating the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system – think Britain.
It was the Brazilian equivalent of US Independence!
In 1889, the dissatisfied feudal lord organized a military coup d’état and overthrow the monarchy. The Military Junta declared Brazil a Presidential Republic. An authoritarian military junta – in behalf of the feudal lords, had since led the nation until 1985— with just the minor and nominal respites in between.
In 1985 a civilian government returned to power when José Sarney – an agent and crony of the feudal lords, assumed the presidency. That ‘change’ was orchestrated to mollify the public unrest against a, on your face, dictatorial system. And, that is the ongoing state of ‘democracy’ and government in Brazil since then – Not much has changed at the core.
Brazil’s current Constitution, formulated in 1988 – courtesy of the ‘super elites’, defines it as a Federal Republic.
The fact is that a feudal system has been rooted into the fabrics of the Brazilian society form its earliest days as a nation. The ‘system’ has never been uprooted or dismantled. Very much like the West, the feudal lords of the past – metamorphosed into the ‘super rich elites’, own the established government and all of its agencies – from the police to intelligence, and from the executive branch to the judiciary – Very much like in the West.
Brazil went through many phases of political changes and economic turmoil between 1988 and 2002. And, with each change, the wealth of the super rich has been able to increase at an ever faster pace.
In 2002, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva was elected on his ‘socialist agenda’. He was re-elected in 2006. Lula was succeeded in 2011 by the current president, Dilma Rousseff, the country’s first woman president – another pseudo-socialist, and a bankers’ darling.
No doubt, over the past decade Brazil has seen strong economic growth – thanks to The Empire’s ‘re-alignment’ strategies, overall global demand for Brazilian products – raw material, minerals, and produce, and the hard work of Brazilian people. That has played a big role in uplifting the economic well-being of the middle-class and upper-middle class. But, the condition of the lower-middle class and the poor has gone worse as the inflation has eaten away more of their purchasing power than what the nominal income growth had given them. They are suffering even more – lack of education, health care, and security is contributing to their continuous march downward.
Brazil is one of the most notoriously unequal countries in the world. While the One Percenter’s share of income keeps on ticking upward quite robustly, the bottom Fifty Percent of the population – even with the higher minimum wage and transfer payments that Lula had introduced, earn less than 10 percent of all the income generated in Brazil. Working Poor share of income is further eaten away by the high cost of living. The top Five Percent take home half of the total Brazilian income.
Brazil’s taxation system is designed to tax poor heavily. Heavy taxes on consumer items and foods put an unjustifiably higher tax burdens on the poor. The tax load of those in the higher income brackets – earning more than 30 times the minimum wage a month, amounts to 26.3 (as of 2014) per cent. In contrast, those with a monthly income close to minimum wage are taxed almost twice the amount at 48.8 per cent.
Brazil is one of the most fertile land for the Billionaires – they grow and bloom like weed. The growth of billionaires’ wealth never takes a respite – it keeps on growing. Together the richest Brazilians in 2014 were worth a combined $274.6 billion, up 18.5% from 2013’s total of $232.11 billion. That was about 13.3% of Brazil’s GDP in 2013 $2.06 trillion.
Brazil – like all the other BRICS nations and the West, is a billionaire’s country – Run by the Billionaires – for the Billionaires. It is being positioned to be the Stalwart and Bulwark of the South American flank of The Empire. Its economy is the world’s eighth largest by nominal and seventh largest by GDP (PPP) as of 2014. Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, BRICS, Unasul, Mercosul, Organization of American States, Organization of Ibero-American States, CPLP and the Latin Union. Brazil is a regional power in Latin America and a middle power in international affairs, with some ‘analysts’ already identifying it as an emerging Global Power.
As such, Brazil is one of The Empire’s precious bricks – One of their own. As the planed Shift occurs, Brazil – replacing the US, will be the hegemon of the Americas – Not a hope for the humanity.
You may like to read more about the ‘Planned Shift’ at The Great Unraveling.