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Opinion: Brazil’s “Post-modern” Politics

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Marina Silva has gotten it partially right. At a press conference on Wednesday, she discussed several front-running presidential candidates, and pointed out what was wrong with them, while coyly promoting her own pre-candidacy.

The most important thing she did, however, was to subdivide the concept of “rouba mas faz” which has ruled much of Brazilian politics for the past century or so.

She was asked by a reporter about Lula’s campaign tactic of emphasizing his governmental successes as a counterpoint to the ethical problems which resulted in . . .

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