- Jul 5, 2009
The Brazilian 'car-wash' scandal is an example of how bad things can get, and how to (gradually) tackle the issue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Car_WashNope, it has become nothing more than a criminal cartel designed to extract as much cash as possible. People don't quite understand the scale or blatancy of this yet, perhaps they never will.
The PIC investigation is more about incompetence and favouritism IMO. The Bosasa inquiry has revealad prima-facie bribery and corruption, and seems more likely to lead to substantive outcomes.Structural corruption in the political and economic system, no longer tolerated or accepted, was now being investigated and resulted in some criminal charges. This change was made possible because of the independence of the judiciary. Judge Sergio Moro's Operation Car Wash investigation indicted seemingly untouchable politicians, including the former presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. It succeeded because of ‘rewarded collaboration’ and the strategy of first targeting business-people, then using their statements against politicians.