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Yesterday as a good Brasilian i had to give a look at the “desfile de escolas de samba” which is the official parade of the samba “schools” here in Brasil. The most important one is in Rio sunday (today) and monday (tomorrow). To be honest i’m not the biggest lover of carnival. For those who doesn’t know it’s a holiday here where the whole country stops from saturday till wednesday to party. Imagine you guys a hole country having fun. Sounds good but it would be even better if we were a rich country. The tradition of carnival comes from catholic church and it’s just before lent. Funny because there is a lot of nudity and it’s very carnal. That just sounds like the way our old church loves it. A little party and afterwords many sinners willing to pay their dues. In Brasil it’s a very important party. People use to say the year really starts just after it. That is mainly because it’s summer and vacations here before the festivities but also people are slower in the job before carnival begins. In the last decades it really turned into a party for tourists mainly because the natives have no money to attend. They put on the show but they don’t participate as much as they would like. A side effect is that the prices are really high. Yesterday i was invited but a place like i was could cost more that 500 US easily. As it was supposed to be a popular party each year it gets richer but less interesting and less artistic. The real artists are being banned from the place by people with more money as most of the cultural venues in the world. It was really fun to watch and it’s like going to the games. twelve samba schools with more than three thousand people each make their shows and the audience always have their preferred “team”. Next week they will choose the winner from this year and the two lower scores will go down one level like in pro sports and next year they will “play” on second division. The parade is also a great place for celebrities to show up on national Tv since it’s aired full length (one hour and a half each school times twelve in São Paulo and the same in Rio) which is a lot of air time. Many people turn into celebrities in one carnival alone. Sometimes just a pair of boobs well exposed is enough to call the attention of twenty million viewer. Now there’s something that tops all of this nonsense i just described. samba. The music and the rhythm. No way you can just listen to it. You dance it. It’s so primitive to our instincts that you just can’t help it. You dance it. If you know how to you do it beautifully. If you don’t you just make a fool of your self but nobody cares. The music is probably the part of the tradition that still is alive and that’s why is so powerful…Sound fun right? Some pictures then…

It’s not that i don’t like it. As a good Brasilian i have the impression that only people with criminal tendencies are interested in offices at the government. It’s a giant trap not enjoying politics because as they say “people who doesn’t like politicians are ruled by politicians they don’t like”. It’s a big truth. I feel the same way in the condo i live. Nobody wants to participate of the board but everyone complains about it’s actions. So i get it it’s my fault but there’s no point in participating in a system you have no power to change. Corruption in the government is as old as government and so is power. The room left for those who are interested in helping others is too small and they have no strength to control their space the way they want. Sooner or later either you becomes part of corruption or you become a victim of this lobby industry. Many ended up being accused and if they were the criminals and others even disappeared. In other words if you are not corrupt don’t get close to politics. In other words if you want to help people go work at a NGO. Do it as a regular citizen. For all these reasons i gotta say i don’t believe in politics and also in economics which is not a science but a conduct guide that works in favor of governments. It’s not a thing but an idea that everyone bought. I can say i believe in anarchism. I believe that private companies can do a better job than the government because they live by the rules of the market. They have competition and they are constantly rated. Of course there are a few things that are national security and the government should take care of it but those are minor compared to the amount of stuff controlled by the state. including the economy and also the currency. There’s no scape for the individual but to spend almost half of his productive life working to pay taxes. it makes me remember those scenes in movies like Robin Hood where the king’s collectors would invade old folk’s houses and take all food as taxation in the name of the crown and these old folks would starve to death if Robin didn’t show up to save the day. The problem in my case is that i never met Robin Hood and nobody can help me when i pay my taxes.