Brazil: Too Many Wings

Plastered over the windows of an airline ticket office in downtown Rio were defiant posters: IT IS EASY TO DESTROY, BUT IT TAKES 35 YEARS TO BUILD! WE WILL NOT DIE! The protests were against one of the most severe economic reforms yet attempted by Brazil's revolutionary government. In a special decree, President Humberto Castello Branco ordered the country's big Panair do Brasil airline to cease operations immediately, grounded its planes, and turned over its domestic and international routes to other Brazilian lines.

It was a harsh but necessary decision. Among the...

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