Brazil: A Post of Moral Command

I know that to govern is the most difficult art of all, since it deals with the evasive nature and changeable feelings of men, who yearn to live in peace and reach at least a minimum of happiness.

With these words, Artur da Costa e Silva last week set the tone and style for his term as Brazil's 22nd President. Governing is not only an art in modern Brazil but also a rather exclusive one: both Costa and his predecessor are former army generals whose power rests as much on military support as on constitutional provisions. Yet last week, as...

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