by NINJA, translated by Isabel Nogueira.
During the first debate of the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections earlier this week, the candidate Aécio Neves from PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) provoked president Dilma Roussef from PT(Brazilian Worker’s Party) by suggesting that her government was “inefficient” because it did not prioritize meritocracy. The PSDB candidate stated that he had generated positive results during his tenure through a policy of rewarding his employees based on their productivity.
Is has become very common in Brazil to use the concept of meritocracy to argue that poverty reduction programs such as Bolsa Família (a massive cash transfer social welfare program developed by the Worker’s Party) encourages people not to work […]
During this week, three of the main Brazilian social movements, the MST (Landless Movement), MTST (Homeless Worker’s Movement), and UNE (National Student Union) have declared their support for the Worker’s Party, despite opposing their position on agribusiness and their inability to advance agrarian, urban and political reform. The movement recognizes the challenges in these areas, but argue that it would be a huge setback to elect PSDB, an avowedly right-wing government, that uses discourses such as meritocracy, to work against the rights of poor and millions of afro-descendants in Brazil- one of the last countries in the world to abolish slavery.
all: Mídia Ninja