I’m Rich. So What?

Opinion, by Antonio Brassil

RIO DE JANEIO, BRAZIL - A most clever VEJA magazine cover recently showcased Brazil’s richest man, tycoon Eike Batista, dressed in Chinese Communist garb, proclaiming, “Enrequecer e glorioso!”, (To become rich is glorious!), a quote attributed to Former Chinese Communist Premier Deng Xiaoping at the start of China’s quasi-capitalistic “Great Leap Forward”.

The corresponding article highlights – in the most positive light – the ascendency of Brazil’s new capitalist class, featuring pictures of various millionaires at their businesses, on their yachts, and lounging in the lap of luxury.

No one person more exuberantly struts his . . .

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