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Should Brazil Just Abolish the Vice Presidency?

February 07, 2019

In 1829, Chile’s legislature named José Joaquín Vicuña as the country’s new vice president. While this may sound like the start of the world’s most boring history lesson, Vicuña was a sufficiently objectionable figure that his appointment triggered a coup - and then a two-year-long civil war that left some 2,000 people dead.

The experience was traumatic enough that Chile’s...

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