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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Watching the Brazilian flag with its stirring positivistic motto ‘Ordem e Progresso’ flapping in the wind and reflecting on ‘E pluribus unum’ framing the great seal of the United States got this gringo wondering just how and why these inspiring mottos, the splendid stuff of our schooldays, have become so devalued.

Their authors might certainly have second thoughts and some difficulty if they were crafting them anew today. Words do matter even if their meanings change with time. Is national ‘order’ fueling progress here or has the US managed to forge a unified nation out . . .

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