In 2002/3 John Jopling and I wrote
Redefining Globalisation and People-PowerThis site introduces its key ideas and some associated topics
THE BRAZILIAN WORKERS´ PARTY
Leading the Gaian Revolution: Commonsense for Desperate Times
Gaian Democracies: Redefining Globalisation & People-Power by Roy Madron & John Jopling
The current - and very popular - President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is the leader of the Brazilian Workers Party: (Partido dos Trabalhadores or PT)
Until a few years ago, the PT enjoyed a high level of popular trust in almost every sector of Brazilian society.Now, in spite of Lula´s personal popularity, that trust has largely evaporated, for two main reasons.
Firstly, Lula´s government has continued many of the IMF-approved neo-liberal policies of its conservative predecessors and appointed conservatives to key economic posts.
Secondly, when details emerged in 2005 of how his leading collegues had used bribery and corruption to maintain their political power, the Party´s reputation, its unity and its morale have been shattered
In January 2006 Hillary Wainwright and Sue Branford reported that:
In the municipal elections of 2004, the party had already lost control of many cities where it had been in power for some years. One of its leading members, the much-respected Minister of Justice, Tarsoe Genro, is on record as saying `it's the end of a cycle in the evolution of the PT. We need to rebuild a strategic project.´ So far, however, that need seems to remain unfulfilled.
The best-known example of the democratisation of power in action is the now-famous `Participatory Budget’ process that was initiated in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo in 1989. Now, every year in city of Porto Alegre, for example, around 50,000 citizens and over 1000 local organisations and business take part in a nine-month process that determines how the city should spend the money it has available for new projects in education, transport, social welfare, economic development and health. Perfect democracy it is not, but it is a vast advance on what happened before and what happens in most major cities in the world outside Brazil.
In Brazil, upwardly mobile middle class functionaries, professionals, labor lawyers and trade union bureaucrats took over the Workers Party (PT) led by Lula da Silva. With 75% of the delegates, they supported an electoral alliance with the big business Liberal Party, and the financial sector.
Once in power, they moved from social democratic to neo-liberal politicians. The social movements, including the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) and the Urban Homeless Peoples Movement (MSC) supported Lula’s election on the basis of pre-election promises, failing to apply a class analysis to the changes in policy, leadership and program.
• GAIAN SYSTEMS • LIBERATING LEADERSHIP • PARTICIPATORY SYSTEMS CHANGE • PAULO FREIRE'S LEARNING PRINCIPLES • SHARED PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLES • SOFT SYSTEMS •
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