By Cristovam Buarque
Brazilian politics suffers from the past. Even progressive forces ceased to be carriers of the “New”. But it was never so urgent to imagine the desired future and how to build it.
The “New” is more in the dynamism resulting from social cohesion than in the dispute of the interests of groups, corporations and classes: entrepreneurs need to understand that there is a national interest common to all Brazilians; The workers need to perceive that the trade union struggle must not sacrifice national stability, nor the welfare of the whole people. To be modern is to serve the interests of the public, whether with public, private or partnership tools.
The “New” requires that the economy be efficient, that the currency is stable and that its surplus is used to take care of the public services with quality and respect of the users.
The “New” is in quality education capable of building a society of knowledge, science, technology, innovation, culture.
The “New” is no longer the proposal of full equality in income, which in addition to being demagogic, is authoritarian, inefficient and does not respect the merits, commitments and personal choices.
The “New” is in tolerance with income inequality and consumption within decent limits between a social floor that eliminates exclusion and an ecological roof that protects the environmental balance. Between these limits, it is necessary that the social escalation of education that allows the ascent of the people, according to the talent and the desire of each one.
The “New” is no longer in the idea of a controlled economy under the argument of being fair, but with the understanding that its role is to be efficient under ethical rules in industrial relations, ecological balance and the prohibition of producing harmful goods.
The “New” is in the ethical definition of using the results of the efficient economy to build justice, with freedom and sustainability, especially ensuring that the children of the poorest Brazilians will have schools with the same quality of the children of the richest.
The “New” is not in the wealth defined by GDP, income and consumption, but in the evolution of civilization, for example; It is not in the number of cars produced, but in how efficiently public transport works.
The “New” one is not at speed as forests are destroyed and rivers become dirty, but in the definition of rules that allow to offer ecological and monetary sustainability. The “New” is not in the security of more prisons for bandits, but in peace among citizens.
The “New” is no longer in the excess of expenses and consumption, but in the austerity, that allows sustainability and well-being.
The “New” policy is not only in democratic elections, but also in the ethical behavior of the politicians in those elections, with low cost, public spirit without corporatism, and in the presentation of proposals for the future in times of changes, although this may imply electoral suicide because, in times of changes, the bearers of the “New” are at risk of going it alone. However, it must be said: the “New” is in Education.