BRAZIL: Over the Roof & in the Basement

World War II made most Americans conscious that the arsenal of democracy has a strategic roof (Canada) and ground floor (Latin America). Postwar developments have made them acutely conscious that the roof is a convenient avenue of entry for burglars and that ideological con men have already moved in among the respectable residents on the first floor.

How far they have moved in was highlighted by last week's nationwide election in Brazil. Some five million Brazilians voted for governors, local legislators, and a third senator for each of Brazil's 20 states and...

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