The Curmudgeon on the Litmus Test

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In American politics, it is common for appointees to the Supreme Court to be asked about their position on certain divisive issues, such as abortion, affirmative action, “strict construction” etc. The “litmus test” is: are you pink or blue on this one particular question?

The most recent appointments to the STF (the Brazilian Supreme Court) have raised the question whether, in order to be appointed, the candidates must have passed a litmus test — i . . .

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