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The Curmudgeon on Shame

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Capistrano de Abreu was a Brazilian historian who died 86 years ago on August 13, 1927. His fifteen minutes of fame arose from his having proposed a most concise Constitution: “Article 1: Every Brazilian shall have a sense of shame. Article 2: All provisions to the contrary are revoked.”*

The Curmudgeon feels that, in addition to Lord Acton’s 150 year old dictum about power and corruption, Capistrano’s 200 year old proposal should be required reading for any and all who wish to understand Brazilian politics in the year 2013.

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