Ciro Gomes and our difficulty in breaking polarization

" We can not accept this stupid idea of ​​reducing the beautiful, complex, wonderful and difficult Brazil that we have to the small, hostile, odious confrontation between coxinhas and bologna ". It is with this opinion on the extreme polarization in the Brazilian debate Ciro Gomes often begins his public speaking but, despite his attempts, the same " gross simplifications "Are still used as ready comments made to the considerations of Cyrus.

As the current of opinion proposed by Ciro Gomes grows towards a New National Development Project in Brazil , increase newspaper headlines and analysts' postings on social networks claiming that Ciro " scuffle s", " praises leaders because it has always been in the shadow of their governments "," is for or against the whole judiciary because it criticized (or did not criticize) a judge ". The mechanisms behind this type of writing are already well known to the population: from several hours of debate on national issues, the news focuses only on thirty seconds of speech in which Ciro commented on his political opponents and interlocutors and, in the majority of the times, only responding to some questioning.

Various situations have shown that the insistence on this " orthodox confrontation "As Cyrus mentions, has been harmful: increased rabid roar of proto-fascist groups in social networks, threat of neoliberal (conservative or progressive in customs) re-articulations, predictions that the election is a second round between the far right and a "radicalizable" left. To the extent that so far the emphasis is on this interpretation key of Brazil, one of the effects will be (for naivety or as a political strategy) to stifle important debates to be made in the country in a crucial election year like this.

The ability of those who know how to participate in the political game without quickly fitting into all points of this simplified opposition has now been seen as a reason for mistrust. They forget that groups, parties and even the conduct of political leaderships are not homogeneous blocks nor are they linear: there are contradictions, wars and debates within each social field. Democracy and the constitutional structure of the state require some dialogue with adversaries in the name of solutions to the country, as well as requiring some criticism of the partners (not their permanent glorification), at least on the part of those who have built principles and self-thinking and try not to give in to dogmatism in politics.

And the population knows that breaking the existing polarization in Brazil, however, is a task beyond words, unlike those who, on the right, call only the (dis) limits of the discourse of the "new politics" to solve the problem. It is necessary to demonstrate a trajectory, a vision and a country project, a willingness and political force to confront hegemonies that do not respond to the problems of the people - something that is lacking in the neoliberal "new policy" that combines only principles and advice of "good practices" from the management manuals.

In journalism, in its hegemonic versions to the right and to the left, the polarized view of politics is generally responsible at least for the first step of fake-news . To keep the examples on Ciro Gomes, whenever he criticizes some political leadership, the news reports that " Ciro approaches political opponents A " or else " burn bridges with B ". They construct false implications because they see that any action not immediately positive with "A" automatically joins Cyrus to "B". As a result, they infuriate the population with false polemics and screw up a militancy that does not understand how it should be difficult for journalists, even the well-meaning ones, to pursue true journalistic holes in a country like ours.

With this, they are absent from the channels of all the major disseminators proposed on science and technology, public health, industrialization focused on development, social security, security and education - some of the themes discussed by Cyrus in the events in which he is present. But it is not just " a debate on proposals "The desire of ten out of ten experts to Brazil this year?

In order to have access to the integral contents of the political leaders we accompany, fortunately nowadays we can look for event records and videos posted on internet platforms. This type of action, going straight to the sources, searching quickly, and doing some sort of curation of information on its own, is essential for public debate in Brazil on 2018 and would certainly alleviate the present conflict in the routine of those who strive to follow the issues of our country.
 

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