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Two leaders of member countries of the United Nations (UN) have faithfully followed in the footsteps of defeated President Donald Trump. One, subordinate and colonized, is the Brazilian president

The “tropical trumpism” represents the set of messages, signs, political identities and reactionary positions mixing a conservative imaginary past that relativizes the colonial period and slavery. This set of horrors gained momentum with the election of Trump in 2016, not by chance the same year that the center government of Dilma Rousseff suffered a coup d’état dubbed impeachment. In his subordinate condition, Bolsonaro bet that a “privileged” relationship with the representative of the American extreme right could provide some gains in diplomacy and economic relations. None of this happened.

Bruno Beaklini (@estanalise) – article originally published in the Middle East Monitor (www.monitordooriente.com)
Two leaders of member countries of the United Nations (UN) have faithfully followed in the footsteps of defeated President Donald Trump. One, in a subordinate and colonized manner, is the Brazilian and protofascist president, Jair Bolsonaro. Another is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Let’s start with the second.
The Likud leader has spent the past four years in the form of symbiosis, as a single twin of the former casino owner. Yes, it is the most controversial chauvinist assumed and formally accused of corruption, Benjamin Netanyahu, who goes by the codename “Bibi”. The relations between Israel and the USA are complementary, including in the mass discourse. If, on the one hand, the Zionist state depends on military and financial assistance from the Empire, on the other hand it manages to impose its domestic agenda as if it were of first international magnitude for Washington strategists.
For those who still have any doubts about this capacity, we suggest reading the book by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, “The Israel lobby and the US foreign policy” (here I indicate the translated article and not the complete book, available athttps://www.scielo.br/pdf/nec/n76/03.pdf ). In this seminal work, the pair of renowned American political scientists and professors of International Relations – both closely linked to the establishment of the Empire’s oligarchy – explain the direct and sometimes subordinate relationship of the United States to the government of Tel Aviv.
In this way, Israel manages to impose an agenda on the Empire, the State itself being created out of Nakba, in the ethnic cleansing war led by Ben Gurion, between 1947 and 1949, a part of this imperialist articulation. Unlike Brazil, the Zionist state operates as a bridgehead for the Crusaders, acting with its own will. The government based in Brasilia, due to the gravitational weight of the South American country, tends to go on a collision course with the gravitation and projection of surplus power in the United States. In all Latin American territories, the same phenomenon occurs, but in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, due to the size and dimension of these countries, pressure from the USA tends to be greater, although with a less noticeable direct presence.
Trump, Bolsonaro’s idol and the coloniality of the subordinate position
There is a level of dependency that is intrinsic to the formation of Latin American countries, and refers to the concept defined by Aníbal Quijano as “the coloniality of power” ( http://www.decolonialtranslation.com/espanol/quijano-colonialidad-del -power.pdf ). In this way, domination takes place both from the outside in, as in a landing of marines in the early 20th century (between 1898 and 1934) during the so-called “banana wars” ( https://www.historiando.org/guerras -bananeras /), but it can also exist in the mentality structure that organizes national institutions. Thus, no matter how bold a correct foreign policy is, without changing the domestic strength correlations, the tendency to add up ignorant, imbecile, upstarts and parasites, all properly colonized intellectually, is gigantic ( http: //www.ihuonline.unisinos. br / article / 6926-revisiting-anibal-quijano-and-coloniality-of-power-in-latin-america ). Such is the case of Bolsonaro’s mismanagement and his twisted mirror in front of the former luxury hotel owner and reality show host.
The “tropical trumpism” represents the set of messages, signs, political identities and reactionary positions mixing a conservative imaginary past that relativizes the colonial period and slavery. This set of horrors gained momentum with the election of Trump in 2016, not by chance the same year that the center government of Dilma Rousseff suffered a coup d’état dubbed impeachment. In his subordinate condition, Bolsonaro bet that a “privileged” relationship with the representative of the American extreme right could provide some gains in diplomacy and economic relations. None of this happened.
The debacle of the Brazilian chancellery will be addressed in another article. The supposed comparative advantages between the United States and Brazil never existed, concluding the Trump administration with the announcement that the American transnational and automaker Ford Motor will simply end its activities in Brazil ( https://g1.globo.com/economia/ news / 2021/01/11 / ford-closes-factories-and-closes-production-in-brazil-in-2021.ghtml ). The disastrous administration of Bolsonaro and Paulo Guedes did nothing and does nothing to defend industrial employment in the country, culminating in the departure of a company that has been in Brazil for over a hundred years ( https://www.noticiasautomotivas.com.br / after-101-years-ford-closes-production-in-brazil /). If this characterizes a “strategic alliance”, what would a “tactical alliance” with another government look like? No “friendly” government should allow a factory linked to the US Treasury to leave, leaving regions where the company has industrial plants installed in economic depression.
The case of Ford’s departure follows the pattern since President Bolsonaro and his entire troupe’s first official trip to the United States. At the time, in March 2019, of the four points considered positive by the Brazilian delegation, pragmatically only one would have any concrete meaning. Let’s see: US support for Brazil’s entry into the OECD; inclusion of Brazil as an NATO extra ally; positive view of partnerships for diplomatic issues and, finally, the beginning of talks to sign commercial treaties, mainly in the area of ​​agriculture ( https://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/app/noticia/politica/2019/03/20 /interna_politica,744063/um-saldo-positivo-na-viagem-de-bolsonaro-aos-estados-un…shtml). Three subordinate alignments and a promise of pragmatism that has not been realized. On the contrary, there was never reciprocity in actual terms between the Foreign Ministry and the US State Department during the period. In other words, besides preaching in defense of “Western civilization” and other reactionary fantasies, there was no progress in any area.
The final effect of “Trumpism in the USA” without Trump in the White House may be the alignment of a legion with millions of people manipulated in conspiracy theories and similar hallucinations, culminating in the attack on the Capitol of January 6 of that year ( https: // www. bbc.com/portuguese/internacional-55568031). In Brazil, “tropical trumpism” may resort to similar practices in 2022. But, until then, protofascism will have to live with a “different boss”, remembering who campaigned against his candidacy.
Bolsonaro and Brazil’s isolation in the International System
The Brazilian extreme right government may be isolated in the face of the repositioning of the Empire under the Biden administration. Some level of tension in environmental issues seems to be inevitable, in the resumption of the Paris Agreements and in multilateral initiatives to prevent climate change. In the defense of Brazilian sovereignty in the Legal Amazon, a new clash is possible, since the US may have in the Bolsonaro government, the “perfect villain”, since the president is an ally of Trump and defender of the worst environmental practices in the history of the Continent.
Returning to the beginning of the article, the difference between Benjamin Netanyahu and Jair Bolsonaro is the relative weight of each country. Israel behaved with the same arrogance as South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s in the widespread conflict in southern Africa. Brazil, on the other hand, under the dark administration of the extreme right allied with speculators and surrendering military personnel, is like a giant that is afraid and ashamed of its own size. Instead of exercising its geopolitical weight and leading the Continent by turning to South-South relations, it is content to be subordinate to the agendas of the Empire, with the aggravating factor of internalizing the domestic political agenda for the purposes of maneuvering and manipulation of broad electoral bases.
The tendency is for Brazil to become, in fact, a country not respected in the International System in the remaining period of Bolsonaro’s mismanagement.
This article originally published in the Monitor do Middle East (www.monitordooriente.com)
Bruno Beaklini (Bruno Lima Rocha Beaklini), of Arab-Brazilian origin, is a political scientist, professor of international relations and journalism and a columnist for the Monitor of the Middle East. Contacts: blimarocha@gmail.com / https://www.facebook.com/blimarocha/ / www.estrategiaeanaliseblog.com / t.me/estrategiaeanalise (Telegram) and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCweS5s_1c0AvbXe5_iXYjKA ( Youtube channel)

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