Opinion: Brazil’s Bolsonaro and The (Not Very) Magic Mountain

At Davos this week, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro made a perfunctory speech, using only six minutes of his allotted half hour.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A century ago, Davos was the setting for Thomas Mann’s novel “The Magic Mountain”: it featured a cloister peopled with wealthy patients seeking a cure for tuberculosis. Today, Davos features a cloister peopled with wealthy “patients” seeking a cure for the world’s ills, or a pulpit for self-promotion.

At Davos this week, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro made a perfunctory speech, using only six minutes of his . . .

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