Opinion: Fisiologismo 102, a Smidgen

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In Brazil, as most readers know, the crony system has been around for a long time. Just after his election in 2002, President Lula publicly defended the practice of creating a number of new cabinet ministries, and handing them out to political parties who would support his legislative program.

Last week Lula was quoted by Uruguay’s former president as saying it was the only way to govern Brazil. But he was wrong — the “mensalão” and “petrolão” schemes also worked. This year, of course, at least theoretically, there are no . . .

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