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Middle class in Collapse: Dallagnol, Sérgio Moro and Arthur do Val

by | Mar 29, 2022 | Brasile | 0 comments

Let’s be honest. Regardless of whether you like Lula or not, like Dallagnol or Sérgio Moro or not, it is necessary to recognize that this episode of “Lava Jato” has become an icon of recent Brazilian history. Dallagnol was outraged. What he did with others, not just Lula, turned against him. He, even though he’s someone who understands a lot about the subject, wanted to convey an indignant image. Even he, someone who understands how the process develops. And he was ordered to pay compensation that, we know, for him, is not that much. 75 thousand reais, brazilian currency, for a judge, prosecutor or any of these authorities of justice, is not worth the same as for us, mere mortals.

It is a matter of formality, of the very structure that the position represents in the Republic, to refer to Lula, or anyone who has held the position, as a former president. But Dallagnol, thinking he was superior not only to Lula, but to the whole of society – which is typical of the world view of these justice people, who believe they have an intellectual and moral superiority, since they “solve” the problems of “ordinary” people ” – he says as if he were in a pub: “the guy (…)”.

Okay, he’s not a prosecutor anymore and he talks like a civilian. But in a formal situation, the liturgy of the office of President of the Republic demands just that. We believe this because we believe in the Republic. And if we stop believing that, we can stop believing anything. And there will be no more society, ultimately (laughs). Monalisa, anchor on CNN, was professionally correct: Treat the president with the formality that television, let alone a newspaper, demands. She did this not in defense of Lula, but in defense of the Republic. Liturgies exist so that the Republic can be what it was actually born to be: a public thing, that is, something that represents, or has represented, all of us. Hence, when in public office, Dallagnol should act not out of his “convictions”, as he, in fact, said; but for the evidence. It is in this context that it was condemned by the powerpoint slides.

Today, it seems common in the ideology of fighting corruption, typical of the Rastaquera middle class – as professor Jessé Souza would say –, the State as an enemy, or as everything that is bad, which, in practice, translates into the idea that politicians, especially those linked to the left, must be treated with contempt and disrespect. This is not the desecration of power, but the stultification of ideas. The middle class refuses the idea of ​​class struggle and turns politics into stealing or not stealing from the State, and the population is held hostage to this game of villains or heroes that Lava Jato helped to create. It even ignores market corruption. Only the state is the problem.

However, today we know that Dallagnol exchanged information with Sérgio Moro, being in common agreement. Which, we know, should not happen, since Sérgio Moro was the judge responsible for judging the case. We return to the question of the liturgy of office, and why it exists. As there was no formal justification, the justification becomes moral: convinced of Lula’s culpability, they corrupt the formalities of office because they believe that, by extinguishing corruption, the country’s problems would end; in view of this being the problem of the Portuguese heritage to Brazil, a country of lesser historical development, in view of the United States, for example. It’s what they think. Therefore, for them, the civil service should be extinguished; everything should be done by private initiative; it is in the market that the virtue lies. Brazil, on the other hand, is not the most corrupt in the world, nor the least. It’s average. That’s what the data, beyond the middle-class ideology of corruption in the state, tries to convince us.

Because he is a true icon of morality, of Christianity, even money falls into his account, without his having revealed an account or anything. The money literally fell from the sky, like a divine grace. His justification is that they took his CPF from the internet – where? – and started sending pix. Did he ask to stop? Do not. We know that judges do not award damages that the convicts cannot pay. And, as it is part of a conviction, it is right for him to be accountable for this money. Could he?

It can be seen that the icons of the middle class are collapsing. Even Arthur do Val articulates with his colleagues, so that he doesn’t lose the position of deputy, where he earns his thirty thousand reais there. Now, why doesn’t he want to drop the bone of public employment, since his ideology is that of the enterprising man, who hates the role that the state plays in the economy? And Dallagnol abandoned the prosecutor’s position to enter the private sector? No. To apply. Did Sérgio Moro abandon the position of judge to be a businessman? No. To become Minister of Justice and now, who knows, president. The ideology of these people is a vicious circle: corruption is in the State; but we want to be the state. How to understand the middle class?


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