Under Lula and Dilma, during the 2003-2013 decade that the World Bank called “the Golden Decade of Brazil”, we had simultaneously economic growth, social inclusion, environment protection and job expansion. With no deficit and very low inflation, and all in spite of the turbulence of the 2008 crisis. Presently Dilma has been ousted, and Lula is in jail. No crime was ever proved against either. Starting in 2014, when the old oligarchies took over, the economy is stalled, unemployment has doubled, the Amazon is being cut down, child mortality is growing. They took power through an ill-disguised coup, and have been pushing recessive policies on all fronts, in the name of “sound and responsible economics”. And, of course, also in the name of God, family values, tradition and fatherland. In the present paper we draw up the main lines of how good politics went down the drain.