Handing out guns like candy and instituting government death squads isn’t going to make your country any less violent, nor is brutal repression of minorities, including the gay one. On that account, I’m afraid Mr. Bolsonaro is selling pie in the sky, unless there is something very different about the triangular relationship between the availability of guns, actual shootings with said guns and the crime rate that sets Brazil truly apart from the rest of humanity somehow.
That’s is taking quite a short-term view of recent, even for politics. As I don’t think that military dictatorship you used to have that Mr. Bolsonaro so admires cannot even charitably be described as centrist or left-wing.
Now as for the corruption, just take a look at the US and how Trump is likely the most corrupt president they ever had. Or for that matter for a truly staggering account of corruption by the right-wing just look at the recent Park administration of South Korea. Though frustratingly enough that woman’s one redeeming quality as compared to her successor, Mr Moon was that she didn’t give two shits about gay guys and refused to go along with some of the shit the South Korean military wanted to pull to weed us out, anecdotally on account of finding it “pointless”. Whereas the record of esteemed human-rights lawyer Moon apparently stops at gay guys and he’s basically given the South Korean military absolute carte-blanche for whatever shit they want to pull on gay guys.
Though in all fairness none of the truly major South Korean politicians and parties have been very supportive of gay rights.
But I digress. Back to the original point, as far as corruption goes I sure hope the Bolsonaro administration is going to prove that one wrong, but I have a gut feeling they won’t.
Nor will mass privatization improve things any for anyone who isn’t already rich.
But cheer up! Whatever shit Bolsonaro pulls we can thank his accomplice mr. M. Zuckerberg. Bolsonaro is a bought and paid for candidate by very shady corporate money who gained his traction and money largely thanks to Mr Zuckerberg. As many other places around the world have.
Thus far Mexico seems to be the one and only exception where this has worked in the favour of a nominally left-wing populist.
The most worrying implication about the Buzzfeed article, however, is the growing information and entertainment divide based on wealth, that throws poorer people to the online predators, and snake-oil peddlers of fake news.