LaRouche Friend Elected By
Record Vote In Brazil
By Gretchen Small
Executive Intelligence Review

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 half-million votes.
- 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 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"


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