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krista



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Just a question that popped to my mind after reading a few texts on Brazilian history... The opinions expressed in the writings on presidente Vargas are so extremely different that I am getting too confused here - was he a good guy or a bad guy? I've read articles where he's compared to Jossif Stalin of communist Russia (a cruel a**hole who basically killed anyone who caused him problems). Then again, I've also encountered several books describing Vargas as a somewhat harsh politician, who did not deal with the oppositiong too well; however, he is also described as a good politician who tried his best and accomplished more than Brazilians like to admit (they depict him usually as a good diplomat between the different interest groups within Brazil...kind of like Bismarck of Germany).
Whenever I ask one of my Brazilian friends about it, they don't want to talk about this or they just say that it's a really controversial topic and no one really knows.
So now I want to present this question here in hope that one of the Bazilians (or anyone at good terms with brazilian history) here will have an opinion that they're willing to share...
What do you people think of presidente Vargas? Was he a complete disaster or did he bring about anything good as well?



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Macunaima


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I think the Bismark analogy is rather good. Getulio did an awful lot for Brazil, but he was also a tremendous asshole at times.

On the balance, however, I'd say he probably did more good than bad, though if I were alive during his reign, I'd probably be one of the first people hauled off to Ilha Grande to count centipedes.

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krista



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thanks, Macunaima. It's nice to see that at least someone has an opinion.
Anyone else?

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fernandobn


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Talk about Getúlio Vargas is controversial, but I think that at the time he did a lot of good on social and economic areas but retrogress on political freedom censorship and repression. He took power in an important moment of our history to stop corruption and try to valorize our big product which was the coffee. Brazil was crying for big changes and he was able to provide that.

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