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The joys and pleasures of political extremism



The joys and pleasures of political extremism

We always hear a lot about the vices of political extremism, but we urgently need to talk about the benefits. I wish that good-natured teasing was mine, wouldn’t I? It was kindly stolen from an old sketch by comedian John Cleese.

The problem of extremism and fanaticism is very similar to the problem of vices in general. We hear all the bad things about this problem, but that’s not what attracts people. People are attracted because they like something that sucks. Sometimes too good.

An extremist is anyone who believes in radical and extreme measures to solve social problems. This obviously creates an atmosphere of persecution, intolerance and disrespect for the personal freedoms of those who think otherwise. It doesn’t solve anything either.

Just as no one becomes addicted to drugs because of the harm they cause, no one joins these toxic groups to destroy democracy and destroy the social fabric.

As John Cleese so well explained, the great thing about extremism is that it makes you feel good because it makes you an enemy. With them comes a morally and socially acceptable excuse for you to pour out the worst in your soul, signaling virtue.

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden classifies the current stage of political polarization as “toxic polarization”. It is different from other moments and movements.

Polarization is toxic when people are in a group not because they think they are the best, but because they think they are the best at defeating the enemy group.

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The enemy represents all the evil of mankind. By analogy, people begin to think that the group itself is good. Then they can do anything, even act exactly like the group they are criticizing.

“If you feel a lot of anger and resentment and therefore like to treat people badly, then you can pretend that you are doing this only because your enemies are very bad people. And if not for them, you would naturally be kind and polite. and in any case rational. all the time,” the comedian says in a 1987 sketch.

The most important thing about extremism is the list of political enemies it gives you. They are targets you can attack whenever you want, with no respect for human dignity or civility, if you please. And do not worry, there will be no consequences.

Since this all seems very theoretical, I’ll move on to the most important one, which is the list of your enemies. You choose which groups you are most happy to humiliate in order to decide which group you belong to. Decided to upgrade to today’s policy.

If you are progressive, or rather progressive, you can analyze the list of enemies released by the luloaffective sect. You will be able to ruthlessly beat the white elite, conservatives, evangelicals, the traditional family, those who supported the “coup” of 2016, liberals, the press and moderates.

If you are conservative or against the PT, you can analyze the list of enemies published by the Bolsonarist sect. You will be able to ruthlessly beat the “establishment”, the STF, the left, the minorities, the lakradors, the liberals, the press and the moderates.

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Just choose from a list of enemies that you can be aggressive, nasty, cruel, and cowardly towards, and still have a sincere feeling that it’s morally justified.

Faced with an enemy liberated by a group, one can say any absurdity, commit injustice, defame, mistreat, trample, and still believe that he is a fighter for the common good, social justice, or a good citizen.

Best of all, the extremist never has to admit to himself that he is a mean person, ignorant and arrogant at the same time, sometimes paranoid and always disgusting. It is pleasure and delight.

Obviously, extremism will not bring improvements in politics, solutions for society, progress for humanity. He’s not talking about that. The object is the enjoyment of the wicked and the wicked, covered in the mantle of moral justification. As Aldous Huxley said, this is the greatest psychological luxury.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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