Valerio Arcary

Barbara Hepworth, Red in Tension, 1941


Tribute to the intellectual and activist on his birthday

"I'm nothing. \ I will never be anything. \ I can't want to be anything. \ Apart from that, I have all the dreams in the world within me” (Fernando Pessoa)

From Uberabense, I joined the PT at the age of 16, in the Lula-89 campaign. There were three organized trends there: Articulation, Socialist Democracy and Work. When I started military service at the state level, I discovered Convergência Socialista. Perhaps the most stigmatized trend in PT common sense (ah, there were the eccentrics of Workers' Cause who were soon expelled).

Although I have always aligned myself with the good old Articulation, I have always maintained good political and intellectual relations with the Mandalists of Socialist Democracy and the Lambertists of O Trabalho. And then also with Socialist Convergence.

At the end of the 1990s, I was one of the leaders to bring together, in the university student movement, the PT tendency Articulação de Esquerda (the current in which I was active) and the PSTU. A rich period where I met great artists and made many friends.

Intellectually curious, he read the O Trabalho newspaper, loved the wonderful In time of Socialist Democracy and also the publications of Convergência Socialista/PSTU.

In the late 1990s, the tactical and political approach of the Left Articulation to the university student movement, which I helped to operate, was significant in the late XNUMXs. It was at the time that my brother-friend Linbergh Farias left PCdoB and joined PSTU.

I say all this to say that, although I have always fought Morenista positions, I have cultivated and cultivated good political relations – and a deep respect for the comrades of these organizations (CST too).

Obviously I have always fought the urban legend that Convergência Socialista was expelled from the PT. They weren't.

I like to use an example of a labor relationship: when an employee does everything to get fired and the boss doesn't want him anymore. To create the PSTU, the founding myth of the persecuted, expelled, of the pure who rebelled against the PT's traitorous bureaucracy was essential. It has always been part of the DNA of this political current.

It turns out that a firm position is not synonymous with an ugly face, sectarianism, bad humor, arrogance. That's where the character of this article, Valerio Arcary, comes in. Always heard and loved by everyone. Precisely because it avoids the stereotype of boring stuff. Elegance, kindness, humor, fine irony.

Valerio cultivates a certain eloquence typical of a snake charmer, unique prosody that sounds Portuguese, impeccable argumentative rectitude, dense political content, passion and combativeness. When he speaks, everyone stops to listen.

Furthermore, it respects like few others the last flower of Lazio, uncultivated and beautiful – increasingly vilified.

I will stop here, because panegyrics from friends must have their credibility questioned, a priori. But we need to celebrate ours, nonetheless. And every day.

* Julian Rodrigues, Journalist and teacher, he is a member of the PT and an activist in the LGBTI and Human Rights movement.

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