Opinion by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A month ago, the Curmudgeon wrote about a sweeping proposal to reform the French political system, made by France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron. In France, the success of that reform will depend upon the National Assembly, whose 577 members were elected this weekend.
Among the proposals are two that are currently being debated in Brazil’s National Congress — the reformation of labor laws and the reform of the pension system. There, as here, these are highly controversial topics, because they seek to modify long-established policies designed to protect workers . . .