Ariana Huffington Reflects on Brazil

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It Might Be Time to Rebrand It the South American Dream


Sao Paulo, Brazil – Yesterday, I wrote about the main takeaway from my ongoing trip to South America — how Chile and Brazil, the two countries I’m visiting, have, on key issues like defeating poverty, transcended the tired division between left and right the United States seems hopelessly mired in.

After my time in Chile, I flew to Brazil, which is in the midst of an economic expansion — the Brazilian Boom. It’s a boom made all the more remarkable because Brazil’s problems were long thought to be intractable: high inflation, high crime rate, high income inequality, high birth rate. As the old joke went, “Brazil is the country of the future — and it always will be.” Well, the future has finally arrived.

The turnaround started with the 2002 election of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a left-wing, former union activist. When he assumed office, the country’s elite feared a Brazilian version of Hugo Chavez. But he showed himself to be less of an ideologue and more of a pragmatist. “I’m not left or right,” he said. “I’m a metal worker.” Now, as he prepares to leave office next month, he’ll be departing with a popularity rating of 80.5 percent.

During his time in office, the number of Brazilians living in poverty has fallen from 49 million to just under 29 million. And although Brazil still has one of the world’s greatest income disparities, the country is on the verge of reaching its lowest income inequality level on record. 

Read more at the Huffington Post…



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I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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