Opinion: The Big Lie in Brazilian Politics

The Brazilian Big Lie is this: former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva is a political prisoner, the innocent victim of a vendetta by Brazil’s prosecutors and judges.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The effectiveness of the Big Lie has been recognized by politicians ever since WWII. The Big Lie theory holds that if a big lie is repeated often enough, people will come to believe it, whereas they won’t necessarily credit small lies.

The Big Lie strategy has been wholeheartedly adopted by PT, Brazil’s leftist Workers Party; it thrives in Brazil's Northeast, and has been exported around the . . .

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