Marco Aurelio Garcia

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Marco Aurelio Garcia

Marco Aurelio Garcia , born in Rio Grande do Sul on 22 June 1941) is a Brazilian politician, and a member of the Workers' Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores). He is a Professor of Latin American History on leave from UNICAMP University and a left idealist. He was previously professor at the Latin American Social Science Faculty of the University of Chile and of the Paris-VIII and Paris-X universities.

Man of the Left

The man behind Brazil’s Marxist president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, Garcia has played a hugely influential role in orchestrating the recent advance of socialism across Latin America.

From 1969 to 1973 Garcia, a Brazilian, was politically active in Chile during the Salvador Allende regime. Working closely with the Cuban backed Allende, Garcia was also close to Cuban operatives. .

In 1980, Garcia helped found the Brazilian Workers Party and has served as it’s Foreign Affairs advisor ever since. In the recent election he was “Lula’s” campaign manager.

In 1990 in collaboration with Castro, Marco Aurelio Garcia called a meeting of all left-wing groups from Latin America and the Caribbean. Representatives from 48 different communist parties and terrorist groups attended. This gathering became a near annual event, known as the São Paulo Forum until being replaced in recent years by the World Social Forum movement.

As the architect of the Sao Paulo Forum, Garcia controlled and coordinated Latin America’s main socialist parties, communist parties and terrorist organisations from Chile to Mexico.

To quote Brazilian philosopher and commentator Olavo de Carvalho;

Far from being a possible US ally in any political effort intended to stop the neo-communist rise in Latin America, Brazil has been for many years the real strategical center where from communist action spreads to the neighbouring countries.
The very decision to found the São Paulo Forum was taken by Fidel Castro in a meeting where, to his own exception, everyone present was a Brazilian: Lula, Frei Betto and Bernardo Kucinsky. Lula, a Brazilian, presided the organization for twelve years. The Forum’s official magazine, America Libre , is run by a Brazilian, Emir Sader, while in the editorial board most of the members are Brazilian. The main political articulator of the Forum’s meetings is also a Brazilian, Marco Aurelio Garcia.
If Lula is right to say that the many victories obtained by the Left in the continent are due to the Forum’s secretive actions, so they are, in substance, a result of Brazilian political planning.

Garcia describes his party, PT, as “radical, of the left, socialist” but that is only partly true. The PT consists of about a dozen major currents, raging from Trotskyist and Marxist-Leninist to left social democratic. The PT ran in the recent election as a formal partner of the Communist Party of Brazil.

Garcia himself is a hard line Marxist. In an article which he wrote on “The Communist Manifesto” he ended “The agenda is clear. If this new horizon which we search for is still called communism, it is time to re-constitute it“.

He has also been famously quoted as saying “We have to first give the impression that we are democrats…Initially, we have to accept certain things. But that won’t last.” and “Democracy is just a farce for taking power“.[1]

Progressive Governance Conference, 2011

Policy Network's Progressive Governance Conference took place in Oslo on 12 and 13 May, 2011.

Hosted by the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, and organized in partnership with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the conference brought together centre-left leaders from across Europe and other countries around the world, as well as over 200 leading academics, political thinkers and policymakers.

The Norwegian prime minister welcomed a number of heads of state and party leaders including: George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece; Boris Tadic, president of Serbia; Eamon Gilmore, deputy prime minister of Ireland; Job Cohen, leader of the Dutch Labour party; Håkan Juholt, leader of the Swedish Social Democrats; Caroline Gennez, leader of the Flemish Socialist Party; Ed Milliband, leader of the UK Labour party; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, leader of the Danish Social Democrats; Victor Ponta, leader of the Romanian Socialist party.

Leading academics, political figures and policy thinkers included, among others: Tom Bentley, deputy chief of staff to the Australian prime minister; Liam Byrne, UK shadow secretary of state for work and pensions; Helen Clark, head of the UN development programme; Anna Diamantopoulou, Greek minister of education; Marco Aurelio Garcia, senior foreign policy adviser to the Brazilian President; Jacob Hacker, professor at Yale University; Will Hutton, executive vice-chair of the Work Foundation; Raymond Johansen, secretary general of the Norwegian Labour Party; Karen Kornbluh, US ambassador to the OECD; Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO; Enrico Letta, deputy secretary of the Italian Democratic Party; Matthias Machnig, minister of labour, economics and technology in the German state of Thuringia; Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Party of European Socialists; John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress; Andrés Velasco, former minister of finance of Chile.[2]