Discussing some of the conspiracy rumors and theories that circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, this essay explores the fear of communism as a recurrent conspiracist trope in the country’s recent history. Unlike many conspiracy theories that can be described as bottom-up and suspicious of the national government, the Brazilian case shows the opposite tendency: the strategic use of conspiracist narratives to reinforce the powers that be.
Hatzikidi, Katerina. “Covid Conspiracies in Brazil: The Old Communist Spectre Revisited.” Culturico, 24 Mar. 2022, https://culturico.com/2022/03/26/covid-conspiracies-in-brazil-the-old-communist-spectre-revisited/.