Opinion: Brazil’s Political Parties, Part I

To sum up, the Curmudgeon can no longer identify with PSDB, nor with leftist PT and centrist PMDB, nor with any of the single issue parties that are only collections of lobbyists having pet projects — agrobusiness, evangelicalism, gun decontrol.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon majored in Politics at his university, and had many heated political debates with his two roommates. One of them, after reading the Curmudgeon’s latest column, asked a very pertinent question:

“I assume [the Curmudgeon] is not authorized to vote in any election in Brazil. But does he, ideologically or philosophically, self-identify with the platform of any particular political party in Brazil; if so, which?”

The short answer is “not any more.

Until recently, I used to identify with PSDB, formed in 1988. [From 1964 . . .

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