Posted by: serenajriv | 08/05/2013

Brazil in The Economist

“Brazil isn’t growing–so why are Brazilians so happy?”

 BRAZIL-CARNIVAL-PARADE

Yesterday, an article was published in The Economist concerning GDP growth, distribution of wealth, and incomes in Brazil. I’d like to invite comments and reactions to this article–do you agree? disagree? What about the choice of photo for the article? Any other reactions?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/05/economist-explains-why-brazilians-happy-slow-growth-brazil

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Responses

  1. The title has a question that I ask myself everyday. But I think that behind “Brazil isn’t growing” lies an assumption that to grow is necessary to have more money – an assumption that is mainly quantitative (of course that it brings qualitative results, but it’s not the focus of the economist).
    One thing caught my attention which is the paragraph wherein the author exemplifies how economical growth happens: everyone receives a piece of the cake, but those who have a big amount of money still continues to receive more money, i.e., it is completely normal the economical difference and the author recognizes it as a “growth”. So, I want to question are ‘Brazil is growing in what perspective? For whom? Inequality is REALLY being overcome? What is growth?’
    People are happy because it’s sold to them an image of a developing country, but is education, health, security, ecological responsability being developed? Can people see it clearly or it seems ‘everything’s just wonderful’?
    People are happy because they can consume more and, if I’m not mistaken, we’re living in an era where “I consume therefore I exist”.


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