The outsider
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Chapter 1 looks at the rise of Bolsonaro and explores the relationship between his military and political careers. While Brazil’s democratic politicians kept their distance from the military dictatorship that had run Brazil between 1964 and 1985, Bolsonaro had served as an army captain in the 1970s and 1980s and extolled the virtues of military life. The army, particularly his relationships with lower ranks, had shaped Bolsonaro’s personality, and as a politician he lobbied in favour of military interests. But whereas politicians and the media tended to dismiss Bolsonaro as an eccentric irrelevance, his pro-military views were not so unpopular among ordinary Brazilians who were overall less opposed to the armed forces than their elected representatives.

Beef, Bible and Bullets

Brazil in the age of Bolsonaro


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