- Globalization and free market economics were delivered
a smashing defeat in the Oct. 6 general election in Brazil, creating the
potential that this, the largest country in territory, economy and population
in Ibero-America, today caught in a financial breakdown crisis which threatens
its very existence, may break with the International Monetary Fund system,
and adopt protectionist, nation-state economic policies to defend itself,
as U.S. Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche has urged.
- The global financial ramifications of a possible Brazil
break with IMF policies, have Wall Street and London terrified. Top financiers
are proposing the IMF pump more than $60 billion into Brazil next year,
so they can keep paying on their $500 billion or so of foreign obligations.
- - A LaRouche Man in Congress - It is the political ramifications
for the global LaRouche recovery strategy, however, which are key.
- Voting is mandatory in Brazil, and the electorate of
around 115 million made their view absolutely clear. In the Presidential
race, more than 75% of Brazil's voters cast their votes for candidates
calling for a break with the free-market policies of outgoing President
Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
- That was big news, but not unexpected, and not decisive.
Since no candidate won an outright majority, the Presidential election
will be decided in an Oct. 27 run-off vote, when lead opposition candidate
Luiz Inacio da Silva ("Lula"), who received 47% of the vote,
faces off against the government's Jose Serra, who won 23%.
- Wall Street figured, if nervously, they had the situation
under control. Backroom deals had been cut, and promises extracted from
all the candidates, including Lula, that they could say one thing during
the campaign, but once in the Presidency, would ensure that paying Brazil's
enormous debt would be the number one priority, over domestic interests.
- What Wall Street did not expect, was that a voice for
LaRouche's policies in the country, Dr. Eneas Carneiro of the national
Party for Rebuilding of National Order (PRONA), would win an unprecedented,
historic mandate in his race for Federal Congressman from the most populous
state in Brazil, Sao Paulo. Dr. Eneas, as he is known, received almost
1.6 million votes. Not only was this the highest vote won by any Congressional
candidate in this year's race, but never before in the entire history of
Brazil has a Congressional candidate received so many votes. Not in absolute
numbers, nor in percentage (about 8% statewide in Sao Paulo).
- The size of his vote secures PRONA six Congressional
seats. And, as head of a political faction, however small, Dr. Eneas has
won a seat in Congressional leadership bodies.
- The Brazil election victory, coming on the heels of the
vote by Italy's Chamber of Deputies in support of LaRouche's proposal to
establish a New Bretton Woods reform of the international monetary system,
marks a giant step forward for LaRouche's global recovery strategy.
- - We Are With LaRouche - Dr. Eneas's victory has overturned
the political geometry in Brazil, and could toss Wall Street's deals into
the shredder. Dr. Eneas, a mathematician, physicist, and one of Brazil's
preeminent cardiologists, not only became famous as a fierce fighter against
IMF policies in his three runs for the Presidency since 1989, but has identified
his campaign AND HIS THINKING with Lyndon LaRouche, as he did various times
on national television in 1998 and 2002.
- It was Dr. Eneas's PRONA faction in the Sao Paulo City
Council that invited LaRouche to Brazil in June 2002, to receive an honorary
citizenship from the city. Speaking June 12 at the very beautiful award
ceremony, Dr. Eneas told the 300 people present, many of them PRONA members
who had come from around the country to hear LaRouche: "Mr. LaRouche
defends, in the United States and the world, the same ideas which we, of
PRONA, defend here in Brazil.
- "As Mr. LaRouche has been insisting for decades,
and I have been repeating here in Brazil since 1989, the crisis is systemic,"
he said. What is needed is "a joint statement, issued by the governments
of the major countries of the world, that the current international financial
system is insolvent," and calls for "the establishment of a new
accord between nations, with the creation of a New Bretton Woods agreement."
- Chairing that ceremony was PRONA City Councilwoman Dr.
Havanir Nimtz. Dr. Havanir, too, told those present: "We associate
ourselves with the wave of ideas which flow from Mr. LaRouche's prodigious
mind.... Mr. LaRouche forecast many years ago, there is no Asian problem,
nor a Russian problem, nor an Argentine problem, nor a Brazil problem.
The crisis is systemic. The crisis is planet-wide."
- Like Dr. Eneas, Dr. Havanir did not just win her race
for a seat in the Sao Paulo state legislature on Oct. 6. She won by the
largest returns, by far, for any candidate for that race, with about a
- - Defamations Will Backfire - Wall Street's news media
were never apt to face reality. "Fringe Candidate Wins in Brazil,"
Associated Press hysterically headlined its wire on what it had to admit
was "a sweeping victory" by Dr. Eneas at the polls. Censoring
any report of what Dr. Eneas thinks, AP labelled him "rightwing,"
and dismissed the stunning vote as simply a joke vote.
- In Brazil, O Globo, the newspaper owned by one of LaRouche's
biggest enemies in the country, Roberto Marinho, head of Brazil's branch
of Prince Philip's World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), gave orders Oct. 8
that the media put Eneas "up against the wall." The lie chosen
is to say that Dr. Eneas is a rightwing extremist like France's Jean-Marie
Le Pen; that he wants to build an atomic bomb, and he only was elected
by people who don't know his views, and don't support him.
- But, since win he did, the media have been forced to
interview him, and he has not kowtowed to these bums. When asked what he
plans to do now, Dr. Eneas told O Globo:
- "The perspective is to fight for national sovereignty.
The project is the same as is in any of our books for the last 13 years:
Brazil, the sovereign nation-state, against privatizations, against this
make-believe education. We want a basic educational system such as that
which those who are older had. We want a health system that functions.
We want Brazil to stop paying these extortionary interest rates."
- The question before Brazil now is, will they allow the
speculators to strip the country until it begins to break down, as happened
to Argentina, or will they impose exchange controls, declare a debt moratorium,
and call for other nations to join in forming a New Bretton Woods, to save
something upon which to rebuild? Dr. Eneas's newly won national political
prominence could prove critical to that decision.
- See www.larouchepub.com homepage for articles and audio
highlights of Mr. LaRouche's June visit to Brazil. The Oct. 18 issue of
the weekly Executive Intelligence Review will contain detailed coverage
of the victory of Dr. Eneas, and is free to first time callers to (toll-free)
1-888-EIR-3258 who say they "saw it on Rense.com."