Leopard of growth strains at state leash

by Dave

via FT.com
Some argue that Brazil’s love affair with the state is an inheritance of the Portuguese colonial system. Others such as Amaury de Souza, a political analyst in Rio de Janeiro, say the dilemma is more recent, harking back to the social and political model put in place by Getúlio Vargas in the 1930s and modelled in large part of fascist Italy. “Lula is the last of a line trying to save the Vargas model: keep the people inside the system happy and bring those who are outside in. It is an impossible compromise,” he says.