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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – To the surprise of many (including the Curmudgeon) the Brazilian Senate, on October 3rd, approved a Constitutional Amendment that, starting in 2019, will limit the number of political parties represented in federal, state and municipal legislatures.

The “barrier” is not direct, because it does not prevent parties from having representatives seated in the legislative bodies. Rather, what it does is bar parties from access to official sources of income — the federal electoral fund and the ability to have free TV time during election campaigns.

Since 2015, corporations have been banned from making . . .

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