June 13, 2014

The Last Democratic World Cup?

Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The aftermath in Brazil will be different only because the regret arrived in advance. For months now, protesters of various stripes have picketed stadiums, dressed the World Cup mascot up as a mafioso and created street art, including paintings of a child with nothing but a soccer ball to eat. Having watched the mounting bills and diminishing payoffs that followed the World Cup in other countries, Brazilian voters already know that some of their stadiums will become white elephants. They don’t need to wait until the tourists go home to learn that money thrown around during the last-minute construction frenzy will be wasted.

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