Off to a Good Start

Off to a Good Start

Brazil

I wrote in this magazine a year ago, during the tense 2002 presidential elections, that whoever won would face a challenging reform agenda. I wrote that reforms were needed, “To release the immense potential of a hardworking, creative and dynamic society.”  Another important point I raised last year was that the media had exaggerated the depth and extent of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s leftist convictions. I also mentioned a few challenges. He and his Workers Party (PT) had to overcome the temptation of adopting heterodox, or unconventional, economic policies. Lula also had to negotiate with conservative leaders, the very individuals he ha

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