brazil, the essential country

There is a massive population of Brazilians living in the U.S., all of them concerned at the direction their home country is going.  They represent both sides of the political divide.

I, personally, am with the down-trodden Brazilian worker, the Brazilian working hard to get ahead – many of them, sadly for Brazil and gladly for the U.S., finding that saving sufficient money to start a business is far easier in the U.S.

I am not on the side of the elitist, ruling classes who have never wished to give their countrymen a leg up. That so many hard-working Brazilians feel compelled to leave Brazil in order to succeed is to the utter shame of the country’s ruling classes.

While Brazilain elites – like woke elites around the world – are mostly anti-American, after visiting 40+ countries I have found average Brazilians the warmest, friendliest, most creative, and pro-American people on earth.  That is one reason why I have lived over two decades in this beautiful and welcoming country.

As one election after another is stolen in Latin America, I pray for the future of Brazil.

About Ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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