Que Vive! Que Vive! Que Vive Communismo! All Power to the Working Class; Kick the bosses in the Ass! Although the first chant is not ringing off the streets of Brazil, the second one is clearly being carried out in practice. The Working class in Brazil is fighting back against the forces of Imperialism and Capitalism. The immense gains and economic boon that the wealthy in Brazil have enjoyed for the past decade has not been enjoyed by the working class. A brief glimpse at the Rising Cost of Living in Brazil shows that all of the costs have gone up by almost 200%! The fare going up 20 cents was the straw that broke the camel’s back as quantity turned into quality and millions of workers and students have taken to the streets.
PLP applauds the brave protesters that have taken to the streets in Brazil, just like we applaud them in Turkey. We support their struggle for a better world and urge them to join the PLP. The fake left parties in Brazil have lost control of these protests; of course, it’s debatable whether or not they had control of them to begin with. One positive example of this lack of “left control” is that the workers smashed the tolls on a bridge. They are taking wield their anger against the state and reapropriating the fruits of their labor from markets, which the bosses are calling “looting”. Under capitalism, it’s only a crime to steal if the workers do it.
Mao said that it only takes a spark to start a prairie fire, and that spark has instigated mass protests. There will not be a revolution in Brazil due to the fact that there isn’t a Communist Party that is organized and ready to take power. The best that can happen out of this is the reforms that were demanded are met. The former Leftists Guerilla and current president is now rolling back the fare raises and promising other concessions to the workers.
Brazil has spent millions and millions of dollars getting ready for the FIFA World Cup and does not want to jeopardize that cash cow. They just want the working class to calm down and go back to being servile and passive. The workers are sick of the effects of the capitalist system. They may not be voicing this explicitly, but their actions speak louder than words. They need a Communist Revolution led by the PLP in order to end the hell of capitalism once and for all.