The title of "mild manners and goodwill" are both terms that I'm somewhat jaded by - how kindness and good intentions is assumed sometimes at the expense of the simplification of an issue, and a more complex reason or history is postponed or simply washed away. "Brandos costumes" is a term coined by Salazar and propaganda for his and Marcelo Caetano's fascist regime. It became an expression that doubles as a defense mechanism when the conversation nears Portugal's own violent history, and converts an event and its consequences into something quantifiable and instrumentalized for comparison with other histories of violence from other countries. A distraction device that appeases some, to further ignore other contexts inaccessible to them and the urgency of the present they're living in because, supposedly,"here it's not that bad"
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