Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The 1973 film epic “High Plains Drifter” stars Clint Eastwood as an anonymous stranger who crosses the high plains until reaching Lago, a town threatened by a band of outlaws. “Planalto” (meaning high plains) is synecdoche for the Brazilian government; Brasília, where outlaws seem to teem, borders the artificial “Lago Paranoá”.

The Curmudgeon, edging further out onto the limb upon which he climbed a few weeks ago, believes that Brazil . . .

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