Editorial

US Senator Joseph McCarthy went down in history for the wrong reasons. Around 1950 he led an anti-communist campaign in the United States, an undertaking which is often described as a witch hunt. The paranoia and persecution of allegedly subversive individuals, with real or imaginary connections to the Soviet Union and communist ideology, led to espionage charges and privacy invasion practices, destroying the lives of intellectuals, artists, government and army officials.

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The signs are all there in plain sight. All over the world. From Brexit to Salvini's Italy and Orban's Hungary, from Donald Trump's election to the growth of xenophobic movements in central and eastern Europe. Yet this quicksand 'zeitgeist' goes well beyond the 'Western world'. It has incarnated in the Philippines, through Duterte, and now, in a particularly worrying way for the Portuguese-speaking world, in Brazil, through Bolsonaro.

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