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Posted by wmmbb in Global Electoral Politics, LATIN AMERICA, US Politics.

South America as a whole does not receive the attention that it deserves, and similiarly that applies to the United States of South American,Brazil, now a member of BRICS.

The northern version never lacked for modesty, nor for ambition given its founding circumstances in the late eighteenth century. The successful transiting and incorporation of the continent was tend a latin empire from Cuba to the Philippines, with continued intervention in the political affairs of those lands surrounding the Panama Canal, including Colombia, which continues unabated.

What cannot be reconciled can sometimes be brought together. In this case it is the person of Roberto Mangabeira Unger, a teacher at Harvard University, who had his father not had a heart attack might have become a natural born American of the northern species, but at it was he spent most of his life living there. He was not so alienated from Brazil as to serve as the Minister of Strategic Affairs in the second administration of President Lula.

It turns out the Barack Obama took one of Roberto Unger’s courses at Harvard. He has a status as a former teacher of the president. So he attracted some attention – from the usual suspects it might be added, such as the Huffington Post and The Raw Story – when suggested that Obama should be defeated. As Bonnie Kavoussi noted:

“He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.”

Unger said that Obama must lose the election in order for “the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life.”

He acknowledged that if a Republican wins the presidency, “there will be a cost … in judicial and administrative appointments.” But he said that “the risk of military adventurism” would be no worse under a Republican than under Obama, and that “the Democratic Party proposes no new direction.”

“Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest,” he said. “This is less a project than it is an abdication.”

Unger sidesteps the lesser evil consideration, not was he aware that Governor Romney was the Republican candidate. He argues:

His comments and comparison of the Brazil and the federation to the north are, I think, more interesting:





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