Opinion: Brazil’s Kleptocracy

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon occasionally hears from U.S. sources that Brazil’s been taken over by communists. That’s not the case. Although Dilma’s a socialist at heart, there aren’t a dozen communists in the Brazilian legislature and Lula has always been a capitalist.

Brazil’s been taken over by a combination of populists and plutocrats, all of whom are out to feather their own nests, in other words, a Kleptocracy. The Kleptocracy promotes government ownership of “essential” industry not to plan people’s lives, but to create jobs and opportunities . . .

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