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Opinion: Brazil’s Centrão – Slouching towards Bedlam?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1920)

A century after Yeats’s epiphany, things in Brazil are arguably falling apart: double-digit inflation; double-digit unemployment; rapid devaluation of the real (R$); stocks hitting new lows; enduring and deepening droughts; a Senate report denounces federal government corruption and mismanagement in the Covid-19 pandemic, responsible for 612,000+ deaths.

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