Opinion: Brazil’s Worldview – Past is Prologue?

The Curmudgeon is worried about the direction the Bolsonaro government is taking, because it seems to be heading back into an unsavory past rather than into the future.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After reading Ernesto Araújo’s public address upon his installation as Brazil’s Foreign Minister the Curmudgeon is worried that the Bolsonaro administration is mired in the past.

What prompted this concern was an article in The New Yorker, where the author Nicholas Lemann explained how the TV series “Vice” misunderstood the nature of Dick Cheney’s conservatism:

Cheney’s conservatism, at heart, ... might be called threatism. Powerful, determined, immensely destructive forces—the Soviet Union, radical Islam, the domestic left—want to destroy American freedom and democracy. Complacent . . .

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