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By Tales Ab'Sáber* for Revista Brasileiros n˚113

This text is part of the special 2017 x 24 – visions, predictions, fears and hopes of issue number 113 of Revista Brasileiros, where writers and collaborators were invited to think about what and how much we could expect – if we could – for our country in 2017.

The dismantling, in a radical political crisis, a hallucinated and hallucinatory power struggle – typical of our long tradition of the radical social political trance – of our minimal civilizing pact that took place in the last two years, placed Brazil in a symbolic political space of great uncertainty, while obviously malevolent. Every day we live with the effect that produces impotence, pain and confusion, in the lives of everyone around us, a massive effect of sad and shocking affections that emanates so much from the poor political performance of an artificial and falsified impeachment, based on generic and hateful visions of the hell of a disqualified and unrealistic anti-communism, as well as the effective and real economic crisis deepened to the maximum by this very irresponsible movement of the new Brazilian power. Evil comes from the real, it comes from hallucination, it comes from resentment, it comes from the dismantling of the ordered historical process, and it comes from the more general lack of commitment and disintelligence of the new power. We are all very sick of Brazil, and we need collective and human care that allow us to dream and work again for the best.

The frontal attacks on the Constitution, the more general liberalization of the labor market, the end of labor guarantees and the massive reduction of any order of care and social investment, of work, of the search for a welfare state among us are being prepared. . The sadistic and antisocial character of the general right-wing movement that took power against a legitimate election in Brazil is clear, the simplest and most direct way of valuing a paralyzed and unproductive mass of capital: deep cuts in the world of labor income , both directly and indirectly. Our right, concentrated in the financial committee that determines the actions of Michel Temer's pathetic archaic government, is traditional and simplistic. Faced with its impasse in reproducing its values ​​in the order of the world crisis of capital, it liquidates social pacts, dissolves the public controls and rights that transmit social income to the whole of the nation, and to the poor, and releases national income for its own. direct appropriation. But, of course, this process will not take place without confrontations, the least that a minimal democracy can do in order to carry this name, in the public space that reacts as best it can to the general attack on life, and in the internal struggle of an anti-social and disorganized elite for possession of the very political and economic booty that he managed to extort.

What remains for us, and it is not a remainder, but something that matters in itself, is to increase the value of the human bond, of the critical politics of everyday life, of the aesthetic-affective approximation of groups of resistance and difference, of the politics of desire among those who do not desire the radical social differentiation in favor of power that our clumsy right seeks to produce. In the general crisis of income in social life, crisis of the reproduction of the very system of values ​​and images of the commodity among us, we have a second of peace and freedom, in the midst of the strong social war projected by the new power, to look at each other, meet, get to know each other. , talk and love, outside the infernal machine of consumption, the transmission line of the desire of everything that makes us unworthy of ourselves.

* Tales Ab'Sáber is a psychoanalyst and professor of Philosophy of Psychoanalysis at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp)

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