Sunday, March 29, 2009

Brazil's Bloodsuckers

In an article (in Portuguese) titled "Brazil's Bloodsuckers" (HT Selva Brasilis), Cleber Benvegnú explains how the ineffective Brazilian state, exemplified by its Federal Senate, is in most part nothing more than a heavy burden to the productive segment of Brazilian society. The bloatedness and incompetence of government is the result of the absence of checks and balances and excessive centralization of power in the Brazilian political system.

I'll translate some of the main points as a warning against the same statist and centralizing trends that we currently observe here in the US:

[The Brazilian Senate], with 81 Senators, has 181 directors, each receiving a yearly salary of around $ 141,000 (R$ 325,000) . The budget of the Senate is greater than the budget of the municipality of Porto Alegre [one of the largest cities in Brazil]. To manage a few buildings and needs, the [Senate] spends more than a city with a population of more than 1.4 million.

This is the heritage of our patrimonialist culture, which deifies the state so it can be used as private property by some. Nothing more than taxpayers’ money at the service of the privileges of a quiet caste of surreptitious swindlers. In Brazil, due to the particularities of its civilizatory process, state power - the Portuguese Crown - arrived before the establishment of communities. The people came after, submissive and conformed to the preexisting structure of command. The consequence is that our history was drawn around the fringes of the state, while society remained subject to a secondary, supporting role.

This is why the private sector is so much despised [in Brazil]. For no other reason than that entrepreneurship is not part of our curricula. ... And yet we greet the state as our only possible redeemer.

1 comment: said...

Otima materia vou postar no meu Twitter:

Sera q eles vao acordar?