What Lula Sees

By Brian Winter

Brazil’s president and his allies are acting like they see existential threats everywhere. They’re not wrong, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.

BRASÍLIA – When you first walk into the Palácio do Planalto, Brazil’s presidential palace, it seems like the clock has been turned back 20 years to a more optimistic, placid era.  There, once again, are smiling photos of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The elegant mid-century architecture of Oscar Niemeyer sparkles as ever. But then you take the elevator to the third floor, and you see it: the windows still shattered, like glass spiderwebs, after the failed insurrection of January 8. A painting by the celebrated Brazilian artist Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, crudely stabbed in...

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