A friend send me a link to this Charlie Rose interview with Eike Batista. He was very proud as a brazilian and was again chanting the old ‘We are the country of the future’ song.
I did have to send back this other not so pleasant video to him, and to sadly remind him that it is much more probable that he finds himself in a cockroach infested flood than in a plushy oil job from OGX.
No need to say that my number of brazilian friends is decreasing at an alarming rate.
Is it just me or do you also get very concerned when you hear a billionaire like Eike say something like ‘I am very nationalistic now – I want to help my country’ or that his assets are now ‘strategic assets’?
By the way, nice tie Eike!
I understand that there is a chance that somewhere in the future Brazil becomes a great country. There is also a chance that the US could decline to a third world banana Republic.
But Lincoln put it best when he said that ‘The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.’ I think I would start believe this brazilian hype when people actually stopped talking so much about grandiose futuristic plans and focused more on short terms problems, like you know, unclogging your street drains.