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Mac Margolis

Brazil Needs to Look Beyond Scandal

Reform is the only way to clean up government.
Who can work up the energy to protest anymore?

Who can work up the energy to protest anymore?

Photographer: Gustavo Gomes/Bloomberg

It's hard to catch a breath in Brazil. Just the other day President Michel Temer dodged a brick, surviving potentially job-ending charges in electoral court that he'd won his mandate with dirty campaign money. Political bulls promptly declared Temer a survivor who would not only salvage vital political and economic reforms but also tough out his beleaguered presidency.

But in a country where two of the last four democratically elected leaders have been ousted in disgrace, and some of the highest-ranking public officials are currently under investigation, shorting political scandals is a fool's trade.