Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s President Bolsonaro has, one reads, a cultural guru, whose influence extends to the ability to control certain key ministries.  He is Olavo de Carvalho, an octogenarian astrologist cum philosopher long resident in Richmond Virginia.

Mr. Carvalho’s principal claim to fame as a philosophizer is his adherence to the theory of “cultural Marxism”. This theory holds that, back in 1930’s Germany, the Frankfurt School of Marxist intellectuals considered how to cure Marxism of its failure to convert proletarians in places other than the Soviet Union.

Their suggestion . . .

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