Opinion: Don’t Forget the Unindicted in Brazil

To beat corruption, every Brazilian who has bribed a cop or bureaucrat to fix problem, however unjust or contrived the infraction or openly extortionist the difficulty, needs to accept personal responsibility for the mess.

Opinion by Jeb Blount

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the expanding size and scope of institutionalized corruption uncovered by Brazil’s Lava Jato, or “Car Wash” probe continues to shock Brazilians, its most basic and unassailable conclusion, that Brazil’s political class is rotten to the core, hardly comes as a surprise.

Brazilians have long accepted that “all politicians are corrupt”. A few honest politicians exist, but they are little more than powerless and Quixotic exceptions that prove the rule.

When graft is the norm and impunity near absolute, resistance to corruption can, often fairly, be judged futile, even masochistic . . .

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