Why shout Coup?

Understanding the impeachment and the political crisis in Brazil

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The book provides the reader with various analyzes of the dynamics of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, in a multidisciplinary leftist perspective. The essays that compose the anthology are original and seek to draw a genealogy of the political crisis, understand the threats posed to democracy and to the rights won by the 1988 Brazilian Constitution, as well as pointing out pathways to overcome the Brazilian political deadlocks. Altogether, there are thirty authors, including scholars, teachers, activists, representatives of social movements, journalists and political figures.

Having sold over 10,000 copies in 6 weeks, it has already been reprinted. This is the fifth title of the Red Ink series, which addresses current issues under varying leftist perspectives.


Paulo Arantes (philosopher, retired professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

Prologue - The dismantling of the State
Graça Costa (syndicalist, Unified Workers' Central [CUT])

Presentation - A Coup that is ashamed of being called a ‘coup’
Ivana Jinkings (chief editor of Boitempo)

Part 1 - The background to the coup

The new Brazilian working class and the rise of conservativeness
Marilena Chaui (philosopher, retired professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

The actors and the plot of the political crisis
Armando Boito Jr. (political scientist, professor at University of Campinas [UNICAMP])

Democracy at a crossroads
Luis Felipe Miguel (political scientist, professor at University of Brasília [UNB])

Why does the coup takes place?
Ciro Gomes (politician, Democratic Labour Party [PDT], former governor of Ceará state)

The triumph of anti-politics
Murilo Cleto (historian, columnist of Revista Fórum)

Land turtle do not climb trees: how did the Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) became leader of the demonstrations for the impeachment
Marina Amaral (journalist, co founder of Agência Pública)

The end of lulism
Ruy Braga (sociologist, professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

Part 2 - The coup point by point

From tragedy to farce: the 2016 coup in Brazil
Michael Löwy (philosopher and sociologist, researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/France)

The bridge into the abyss
Leda Maria Paulani (economist, professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

Towards right in foreign policy
Gilberto Maringoni (historian, professor of international relations at University of ABC [UFABC])

Social security: reform or destroy?
Eduardo Fagnani (economist, professor at University of Campinas [UNICAMP])

In order to change Brazil
Roberto Requião (senator, Brazilian Democratic Movement Party [PMDB])

The sowers of discord: the agrarian question at the crossroads
Luiz Bernardo Pericás (historian, professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

Institutional breakdown and deconstruction of the democratic model: the role of the judiciary
Marcelo Semer (court judge)

Culture and resistence
Juca Ferreira (sociologist, Dilma Rousseff’s Minister of Culture)

The media's role in the coup: The four families who decided to overthrow a democratic government
Mauro Lopes (journalist, member of Jornalistas Livres collective)

Avalanche of regressions: a black feminist perspective on the impeachment process
Djamila Ribeiro (philosopher, Assistant Secretary of the Municipal Bureau of Human Rights and Citizenship in São Paulo)

"In the name of God and the family": a coup against diversity
Renan Quinalha (lawyer, researcher and human rights activist)

Resisting the coup, reinventing the Left
Guilherme Boulos and Vítor Guimarães (leaders of the Homeless Workers Movement [MTST])

The struggle for a high quality and emancipatory educational system
Tamires Gomes Sampaio (vice president of the National Union of Students [UNE])

Part 3 - The future of the coup

For a wide democratic and republican front
André Singer (political scientist, professor at University of São Paulo [USP])

The illegitimacy of government Temer
Jandira Feghali (congresswoman, Communist Party of Brazil [PCdoB])

A polarized society? – An empirical research on the profile of demonstrators
Pablo Ortellado, Márcio Moretto and Esther Solano (professors at University of São Paulo [USP] and Federal University of São Paulo [UNIFESP]

It's a coup and we're fighting it!
Lira Alli (leader of Youth’s Popular Levant)


Mídia NINJA (photographers collective)

The coup in cartoons
Art by Laerte Coutinho

Back cover praise
Boaventura de Sousa Santos (social scientist, Portugal)
Luiza Erundina (congresswoman, Socialism and Liberty Party [PSOL])