Latin Press

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, p. 28

Brasilia. The elite in Brazil today have a deep-rooted hatred against the poorest and the working class, denounced the US political scientist Noam Chomsky in an interview with TV 247.

I have seldom seen a country in which elements of the elite feel so much contempt and hatred for the poor and the workers. It is ingrained. I don’t claim to know much about it, but from my limited experience, that is what I have perceived, Chomsky said.

For the intellectual, the advance of privatization in Brazil implies a transfer of power from the public to the private sphere, which does not have a social obligation to benefit the population.

The privatization of the Correos company, for example, is another step in the destruction of the country, said the professor.

He recalled that Brazil has one of the people who is committed to its ruin: the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes.

He mentioned the case of the privatization of the Post Office, at least the profitable parts … that is Guedes’ formula, privatize everything, he pointed out.

He stressed that this was the recipe: surrender everything to private power and international capital. A way to destroy … He had practice in that, because he had already worked under the dictatorship of (Augusto) Pinochet, which really destroyed the country (Chile).

By impoverishing the people, the elites understand the concept of class struggle. The debasement of the poorest, through the policy of Guedes, favors the maintenance of the dominant classes in power, he explained.

The linguist warned about the devastation of the Amazon that, in the government of Jair Bolsonaro, reached historic levels.

Brazil could become a complete desert if radical measures are not taken to protect the biome, he warned.

Even more serious is that Brazilian scientists have discovered that the southeastern part of the Amazon has already gone from sequestration to carbon emitter, many decades ahead of schedule.

For Chomsky, the drastic reduction in rainfall and increased drought will render larger agricultural areas unusable. It is also a serious detriment to everyone, but especially to Brazil. They are problems that cannot be postponed, he reflected.

Unless Brazil is able to deal with these problems, it will no longer be with us in a viable way in a few decades. So it also means genocide for the indigenous population, he stressed.