“Quo Vadis Brasil”: a colloquium of leaders and academics explores the prospects for democracy in the South American power
The meeting is organized by the Interamerican Institute for Democracy in Miami, Florida
The Interamerican Institute for Democracy carries out this Tuesday in Miami, United States, the colloquium Quo Vadis Brasil,which offers different perspectives on democracy in Brazil, and is broadcast live on Youtube.
Welcoming remarks were given by Tomás Regalado, president of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, with the participation of Ernesto Araújo , former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, the Brazilian political scientist, activist, businessman Luiz Philippe de Orléans e Bragança and the economist Zelia Cardoso, former Minister of Finance in Brazil. The event was moderated by Beatrice Rangel, Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.
“I like to see democracy as an instrument for freedom. And Christianity is also about freedom. So a world that no longer wants to believe in God is a world that no longer wants to believe in freedom and democracy,” declared Ernesto Araújo, who was foreign minister in the government of Jair Bolsonaro between 2019 and 2021. “Today's world no longer believes in freedom. It is a world that no longer believes in itself or that man can create solutions. It is a world that does not believe that man can identify truth and lies. And that he doesn't believe that man can be free,” he said.
“The world was moving forward with freedom and at one point in the 1990s they decided it was getting too far and they created ' the third way', which brought capitalism closer to socialism. And that was the art of globalization, which reinstated control over society,” warned Araújo.
“In Brazil we see the alliance of the left with the right generating a new way of democracy. The problem is that they decided to give this new regime to democracy and they decided to call it democracy. To convince the people that this is the path was to name it democracy. They called the Twingo that is now in Brazil Ferrari,,” said the former Brazilian foreign minister.
FILE PHOTO. Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo attends a press conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
The political scientist Luiz Philippe from Orléans e Bragança warned that “democracy requires public opinion” and pointed out that the population must improve and cannot delegate its rights to parliamentarians to fight for it. “Society must fight for its rights,” he said.
“So we should stay to see the inevitability of the collapse of Brazilian society? No, we need a strong opposition to determine who is in charge of Brazil and Latin America. Because, for now, the role of society is losing. So we need a real opposition with a real commitment”, said Luiz Philippe from Orléans e Bragança.
Zelia Cardoso pointed out that the failed coup attempt on January 8 in Brazil “was a testand the result was good”, since the demonstrators did not achieve their goal thanks to the rapid reaction of the Lula da Silva government. “The military and the police acted well and did their job. The next day all the rulers and the majority of the population thought that what the protesters did was wrong. Because it wasn't 'freedom of expression' that the protesters did”, he said.
“Now the Brazilian Congress has the obligation to do its part and define with actions whether or not what happened was right,” Cardoso concluded.
The colloquiums of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy do not intend to offer conclusions, but rather are scenarios for debate.
The colloquium “Quo Vadis Brasil”