Brazil: The Spirit of '32

THEY CAME AND THEY'RE GONE. Only a few left and prices are about to go up. Precision weapons, .32 caliber, complete registration plus 50 bullets free.

The ad, which ran last week in Rio's Correio de Manhā, would have been unthinkable a few months ago. For all their recurrent economic and political crises, the Brazilians are traditionally a gentle, urbane people who believe that any problem on earth can be solved by jeito, the artful fix.

No more. Brazil today is an armed camp, astir with hate and fear as it has not been since the bloody, abortive 1932 revolt against...

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