The majority of the regimes taught during this chapter wereless than ideal. Given the options and assuming I was a youth coming from aworking-class family, I would choose to live in the Bureaucratic Authoritarianmilitary state of Brazil. For me personally, I agreed with the idea of havingfree will over the choice of a workplace. Though it is known that militaryregimes tend to limit workers’ demands, as expanded on in the textbook, thegoal of economic growth can create benefits of development that economicallybrings lower classes to higher standards of living.
These developments have theability to stabilize the advance in the state’s economy and therefore reducethe levels of unemployment which, in turn, results in higher incomes foremployees. While citizens may be repressed intheir freedom of speech, they are able to be expressive of their voice withlesser degrees of control from the government- as compared to citizens of afascist or communist country. As seen under the rule of the first of themilitary presidents after the coup d’état, Castello Branco, the regime decidedto uphold a constitution, a national Congress, and allowed for elections tocontinue. Although it may only be a way of legitimizing the military government,the idea of upholding democratic elements in which citizens feel they have asay in the policies put in place results in confidence in the government. Inaddition, while these attributes of democracy were severely restricted, highlyeducated citizens were given positions in the government in areas in which theywere highly knowledgeable to advance the country. Given that fact, I think havinghighly educated people in the government would make the working class feel moresecure in their occupation. The attributes mentioned above are all fundamentalsthat I believe would benefit any populous regardless of the governmentalsystem.
Putting aside the fact that promotingdemocracy may have been a way to create legitimacy for the military rule tocontrol the power. In my opinion, it would be better to work in a country inwhich the government’s goal is economic growth while still keeping some aspectsof a democracy than a regime that controls every aspect of society.