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Protesting Everything (And Nothing)
Brazil’s Bitter Cup

Yes, Brazilians still love soccer, but they hate the World Cup and what it has come to represent: a prize whose luster will fade fast after the games are done and Brazil’s chronic economic problems remain.

Published on: June 9, 2014
William Waack is the anchorman of Jornal da Globo, on Brazil’s TV Globo.
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  • B-Sabre

    [i]The party in power has no scruples when it comes to blaming others for its own bad mistakes, never assumes any responsibility for wrongdoing …, is in permanent attack mode and addicted to its own myths of the recent past…[/i]
    Wow. That sounds awfully familiar….

  • Pete

    Brazil is a Third World country and so it will remain.

    It is also quite overpopulated

    • rodomontade

      Overpopulated?? Bah. People are the most important resource! They consistently produce more than they consume when given the freedom to do so. The problem is that they are too often denied that freedom.

  • ShadrachSmith

    I love you, I love what you are saying, the arc of human history is upward. On that basis we predict future actions based on the best interests of the nation.

    That is the right way to see it, however, now that the entire world is within the reach of Mass Media: a skilled media can control a far larger mob than it used to. A skilled media can even win an honest election for dishonest people. The rule of those who master the media favors demagogues, which favors the rabble-rousing community-organizer, some say.

    Niall Ferguson’s book Civilizations lists the requirements for democracy to work. But Thucydides speaking in Pericles’s Funeral oration pointed out the primary requirement for freedom: “But all this ease in our private relations does not make us lawless as citizens. Against this fear is our chief safeguard, teaching us to obey the magistrates and the laws, particularly such as regard the protection of the injured, whether they are actually on the statute book, or belong to that code which, although unwritten, yet cannot be broken without acknowledged disgrace.”

    That seems to apply, somehow.

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