What the Election in Brazil Can Teach America

Brazil held a presidential election last Sunday. Here’s how The Wall Street Journal reported the result: “Brazilians elected Luiz ‘Lula’ da Silva to the presidency again on Sunday, ousting incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by less than two percent of the vote. Latin America’s largest country is gambling again on left-wing populism that has failed so often in the past.”

Did that last part strike you as familiar, because it is so often replicated here? To repeat: “left-wing populism … that has failed so often in the past.”

Liberalism, even socialism extending in some countries to communism, continues to spread in South and Central America. Why?

I think it has something to do with intentions and feelings. It doesn’t matter whether an idea or program works, only that people feel good about themselves by advocating for them. In this failed philosophy, intentions matter more than outcomes.

Luiz da Silva vowed to help the poor. If he had the power and will to help the poor, presumably to elevate themselves out of poverty rather than sustain them in it, why didn’t he do so during his two previous presidencies, from 2003 to 2011? Did no one in the media, or his opponent, bother to ask him

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