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Kjell shouts:
Case Study 5, Normalisation of fascism
Setting: Brazil, October 2018

All: Holds ’Normalisation of fascism’ banner. We stand arm in arm and march together in a swinging leg way. KC leads and we turn at points so we’re marching in a circle. [cue for synch: first step to the left.]

KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um
KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um

KJ: Brazil above everything, God above everyone. How to understand or explain a situation like this from 10 000 km away?

KJ: It’s two days before the elections in Brazil - we have a Brazilian Trump - his name is Bolsonaro. I’m supposed to vote this Sunday. I would vote against him but my papers are not in order as I’m not registered to send in my vote.

KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um
KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um


KJ: There are three types of folks that vote for Bolsonaro. A, The Rich; B, The Poor; and C, The Precarious. I don’t believe they are all fascists but I do wonder how much they might be: 10%, 30%, 50% fascists?


KJ: Some of my family back there, the rich, will vote for him. They say ‘‘I vote with confidence and against the left so we’ll get out of this situation, you don’t know how it is, you’re not here…’I argue that ‘This isn’t happening only in Brazil, neoliberalism is falling everywhere giving birth to this neo fascist wave’. They say, ‘No, it’s not like that, It’s either him or becoming the next Venezuela.

KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um
KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um

KJ: Shameful moments while discussing with friends and families living there, living here, living somewhere in between. It’s an upside down world. The ultra right wing has kidnapped “anti-corruption” as their main rhetoric. If you’re rich and educated, you’re most likely voting for the next “anti-corruption” hero.

KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um
KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: Quatro três dois um

KJ: What is really urgent now? Working as an artist in Sweden or going back to actually tackle this uncontrollable situation more directly? How much of this might be embedded in a romantic feeling of going back (...)?

KJ: As I said it before, I won’t vote, I cannot. I decided the to ask other family members to vote for me in Brazil, since they showed no faith in the electoral system again, skipping it or voting blank this Sunday. So far no solidarity (or an extension of that vote). I guess by this time they might have made their minds up that Bolsonaro is Brazil’s future. What to do now, how to keep counteracting?

KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: quatro três dois um
KJ: Um dois três quatro,
MC JK AE: quatro três dois um

End by standing in place marching together until KJ stops us.