Watch a modern democracy collapse

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    Brazil just elected a new president - I don’t understand how any serious journalist can use that act to predict the collapse of democracy. It is thowing mud on the wall and hoping something sticks. Brazil had some horrible politicians before this guy. Actually, he is the result of those horrible corrupt politicians.
     
  3. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark. Arthur Schopenhauer
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/arthur_schopenhauer_384008

    I have taken up Joanne’s advice and start reading for the sake of reading. I have just discovered Arthur Schopenhauer. In my opinion, his book the art of controversy should be a must read for every first year university student.
     
  4. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    Yes, the disconnect between "serious journalist" and "Huffington Post".
     
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

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  6. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    On the one hand, there's good reason to take this account with a large grain of salt:

    But on the other hand, that still seemed a lot more even handed then a lot of stuff I've seen published by The Conversation.
     
  8. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    I just saw this after many months. Do you really want to stand by the claim that Huff Post is serious journalism? Ridiculous.
     
  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  10. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    Given the source, I'm not sure that we can be sure whether Bolsonaro's proposals for Brazilian higher education are being reported accurately, or whether what we are getting is simply a caricature. I suspect the latter.

    But even as reported, some of Bolsonaro's reforms sound reasonably good. Diverting scarce federal education funding from the bloated university sector to the struggling elementary and secondary sectors might be a good idea if most Brazilians never attend universities or need university educations. And if federal funding for universities is to be capped or even reduced, then it might be smart to target those reductions at programs that are of little practical value and largely function as engines of left-political indoctrination.
     
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Brazil has one of the most unequal societies on Earth. There's only so much a repressed people will take if there's nothing in it for them.
     

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