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Analysis |  The Brazilian flag and its enemies

Analysis | The Brazilian flag and its enemies

Contrary to Clausewitz’s war view, Foucault[1] It states that politics is a protracted war by other means and that it enforces “civil peace,” not to suspend the effects of war or to neutralize the imbalances that manifested itself in the final battle, but to permanently re-establish these power relations, through some kind of silent war on institutions and economic inequality, On language and even on the bodies of individuals.

The war that these days becomes less silent, in fact, on the contrary, becomes resounding, because he who does it says loudly and clearly what he is doing and against whom. Among the victims are Brazilian science, universities, public research centers, institutes and researchers themselves.

This once again illustrates the reactionary and anti-nationalist vision of our elites, which proves once again that they are our enemies

However, it should be noted that the national flag as we know it today is modern, and was not established until the beginning of the twentieth century, around 1909, as a result of four centuries of resistance by the Portuguese crown and the Portuguese-Brazilian elite to establish universities in the national territory.

Thanks to this, Brazil was one of the last countries in Latin America to implement an institution of this type, lagging, for example, from such countries as Mexico (1551), Peru (1555) and Argentina (1613).

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An image that showed that science by and for Brazilians was not considered a national priority, at least from the point of view of our imperialist and republican “elites”, which under the economic logic of backwardness and subjugation of Europeans and Americans, have always looked for a way to stop it, just as they do today with CEITEC – Center of Excellence In advanced electronic technology, the only semiconductor plant in the southern hemisphere of the planet, located in Porto Alegre. Yes, semiconductors, this commodity that we see is missing and raise the prices of cars in the country.

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Brazilian philosopher Alvaro Vieira Pinto[2]The ruling elites in societies like ours, which are usually reclusive, behave like irrational animals: they prey on nature to survive, and the reclusive man prey on culture.

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It takes from it the goods, the ideas, which it stores in the soul, but is not able to produce anything original with it, that is, to create the original emerging culture, with the help of what it has assimilated.

Paulo Guedes, the Brazilian Economy Minister represents this elite. Sarcastic, cruel and ill-tempered, he mocks millions of starving wretched people, deliberately driven into this state by the anti-people economic agenda and the lives he directs.

It remains for students, professors and technical agents of public universities to rise up against those who enslave the people

Not satisfied with this, last October 7, in the dead of night as thieves do, I cut 92% of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s budget for grants and research projects, from the already weak and abolished budget. Brazilian science that has collected record cuts since mid-2016 with Michel Temer.

In turn, the federal senators and deputies agreed without a blink to Guedes’ request and decided to withdraw R$600 million from Brazilian science.

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Now, this again illustrates the reactionary and anti-nationalist vision of our elites, who have once again proven themselves to be our enemies, and who today wage an open war against the Brazilian people and public universities, the latter, foretold by the investigative farce that led to the tragic death of the President of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Luis Carlos Cancelier, in 2017.

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It is clear that the attack on national science today is no exception and can be seen at different times in our history, but what remains constant is the international lobby (Germany, France, USA …) to sell its scientific and technological products, as well as vaccines and semiconductors at the expense of technical products National scientific.

In other words, multinational corporations, with the help of “anti-Brazilian” politicians and businessmen, and with personal economic interests, are subverting national science so that the country remains dependent on foreign science.

Given this situation and immediately, it remains for students, professors and technical agents of public universities to rise up against those who enslave the people, plunder culture and destroy Brazilian science, thus bypassing the production of knowledge. With a high degree of development, this moment demands from us collective actions “outside the university”, rejecting and protecting the Brazilian State University and Sciences from extinction.

Written by Roberto Barbosa, researcher and professor of physics at the Federal University of Paraná.


[1] Foucault, Michel, The Exact Physics of Force (2015).

[2] Alvaro Vieira Pinto, Science and Being: Philosophical Problems of Scientific Research (1979).

Source: pov parana

Edition: Frédi Vasconcelos