Opinion, by Michael Royster

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – A reader has asked the Curmudgeon the “philosophical” question in the title. As he points out, the economy is in shambles, corruption continues rampant, inflation threatens to run away, protests seem futile because no politicians seem to do anything except cover their backsides and pad their bank accounts.

The Curmudgeon is pleased to reply that, notwithstanding the ills assailing all who live here, he does not believe Brazil is a failed state, nor will it be.

Over a century ago, historian Capistrano de Abreu proposed Brazil have a Constitution with only one . . .

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