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Review: Brazil’s toughest tests lie off the pitch

May 16, 2014

Protesters at this year’s football World Cup have much to bemoan, says Michael Reid in a new book. Brazil taxes and spends like a European country with “distinctly Latin American” results. Worse, a pensions crisis looms. Reid’s case for cutting back the state is compelling.

Review: Lessons for the poor from English history

October 5, 2012

Mack Ott shows how the nation became fit for economic growth by developing the rule of law, property rights, a middle class, civil society and free institutions. He argues, for the most part persuasively, that the English experience offers lessons to today’s would-be wealthy.