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Brazil’s anti-corruption crusade shows why it’s always dangerous to put too much faith in a single politician

Every week Operation Car Wash brought a new list of arrests, and the country was enraptured. But dividing politicians into heroes and villains leads to bad politics

By Julia Blunck  

Corruption occupies the space of an original sin in the Brazilian mind, from which all other ills of Brazilian society stem. If there are children sleeping in the street; if scenes of warfare take place in densely populated neighbourhoods; if hospitals cannot provide vaccines because they were not supplied with needles—it is because of corruption.

The rise of minister and former federal judge Sergio Moro is intrinsically connected to…

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