BRICS only works if it is made up of dynamic economies. The only thing that Venezuela (or Cuba or North Korea did that matter) brings to the table is an antipathy towards the West shared with the principal BRICS members.

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"...which isn’t in any of its existing members’ interests."

Seems to work for Lulu: puts him in the spotlight, and that's the thing so many with a need for admiration ("One of the most common signs of a narcissist is a constant need for praise or admiration." https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/narcissism-symptoms-signs) get out of bed for in the morning.

"...why Lula publicly supported Maduro’s interest..."

Well, it's got you talking about him, at least. Any attention is better than none.

"...which could have nipped the abovementioned divisive scenarios in the bud."

Yeah, but that would have meant no spotlight, no basking in the limelight, no fun at all!

What's the point being a big O Presidente if you can't have any fun?

"...applying the plurilateralization proposal shared by the World Economic Forum [...]as a means towards the end of having Mercosur partner with BRICS via Brazil’s membership in both."

Well, yeah, but you've gotta be pretty damn smart to understand what the hell that means. It's far beyond me. You reckon Lulu's got such a sharp set of wits about him?

OK, maybe some of his advisors are up for it, but is it fun; would it make people stare wide-eyed and open-mouthed to say things like, 'My hero!'?

If not, then guess what: it ain't the right colour limelight.

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