Opinion, by Michael Royster
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In 1974, Paraguayan author Augusto Roa Bastos published a novel, whose title in English was “I, the Supreme”. The book’s central character, a 19th century dictator, refers to himself as “El Supremo”, and believes himself to be above all power and history: "I don't write history. I make it. I can remake it as I please…”
Fast forward to present-day Brasília, where the actions of Supreme Court (STF) Justices have called into question the legitimacy of the Court to be Brazil’s final arbiter of justice . . .