Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Direct Democracy

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last June, there was a revolt throughout Brazil against the failures in habitation, sanitation, education and transportation—it wasn’t about the twenty centavos. A common factor uniting the disperse groups that demonstrated was the organizers’ insistence upon distancing themselves from traditional political parties — “No party represents us!” was the war cry.

Last June, the protesters also insisted on distancing themselves from labor unions, because of their traditional ties to PT and other parties . . .

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