3/18/2006

Censorship Files: Life under a Right Wing Dictatorship

The year was 1963 but it felt like 1984 was going to come 20 decades ahead of schedule. A briefly liberal and tolerant Brazilian population was turning conservative and rabidly right wing. The years of propaganda were paying off. On April 1st, 1964, on the cruelest April Fool's joke ever Brazil changed from a democracy into a military dictatorship. On my diary at My Left Wing I tell you what it meant for the common day literate and politically aware Brazilian, through the eyes of one musician.

Censorship Files: Life under a Right Wing Dictatorship
by: lawnorder March 18, 2006 at 12:17:00 America/Chicago

The year was 1963 but it felt like 1984 was going to come 20 decades ahead of schedule. A briefly liberal and tolerant Brazilian population was turning conservative and rabidly right wing. The years of propaganda were paying off.

Suddenly the President, which some say was batshiite crazy, resigns. His VP was widely mistrusted by the businessmen, the army, the church and the fundies, for being a free thinker who was not sufficiently indoctrinated against communism or liberalism. He was a wild card and < gasp > had some leftist leanings, but he had a farm, owned property, and wasn't exactly your tree-hugging hippie.

Nevertheless, it was too much risk for some. On Brazil's farm belt, the South American equivalent of US' bible belt, families marched on the streets, demanding respect for "Tradition, Family, Property". None of this Gay, Commie, Heathen talk for them.

On April 1st, 1964, on the cruelest April Fool's joke ever Brazil changed from a democracy into a military dictatorship. (The date was "revised" to April 2nd later, in one of the frequent history rewrites done by the military junta to "correct" any unflattering or possibly subversive fact on the country's history)

Below the fold I will tell you what it meant for the common day literate and politically aware Brazilian, through music. I give you my blog's "Censorship Files" series.

You can also read it all on my blog Archives for 05/22/2005

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