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Gulch will be proud of this young man...

“I learned about Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises through the Internet,” Kataguiri told me in a June 2 interview. He cited a think tank headquartered in Sao Paulo, Mises Institute-Brazil, as one source of those ideas. Another was Portal Libertarianismo. I take special pride in this revelation from him: “A lot of articles from the FEE website were translated by these Brazilian libertarians and have helped tens of thousands of people to know the ideas of liberty.”

Can we run this young man in absentia for our President in 2016?

Since we live in a post Constitutional America we don't have to worry about that 35 year old requirement!

In neighboring Argentina, people take to the streets for almost any cause. Brazilians are more laid back. So on March 15, 2015, when Kataguiri and his young associates turned out nearly two million Brazilians in 25 cities to protest corruption and socialism, a sensation was born. Helio Beltrao, founder and president of Mises Institute-Brazil, sees Kataguiri as “a natural, dynamic leader.” On April 12, Kataguiri’s Free Brazil Movement and associated groups fielded protests in 200 cities across Brazil, the largest country in Latin America and the fifth biggest in the world. Beltrao says, “The left is completely in awe over this. These were the largest demonstrations of any kind, for any reason, since at least 1992 in our country.”

Notice the tools that he employes...

A key ingredient in Kataguiri’s success so far is his mastery of video and social media. He’s prolific, eloquent — and some say delightfully “quirky” — on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Reportedly, Rousseff and her minions are outraged and embarrassed at the effectiveness of his incisive barbs. He and his Free Brazil Movement have even engineered classes and rock concerts with free-market themes. Drawing comparisons to the early days of the Arab Spring, the left-leaning Brazilian press has found these ingenious efforts impossible to ignore.

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The real problem with Brazilian libertarians (and there are many) is that they get elected and immediately turn into crony capitalists or plain old garden variety corrupt politicians.

The two constants always are:

1. They make a lot more money then they used to, and

2. They gradually stop talking about liberty.

:)

Michael

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What got 'em there doesn't keep them there--which is on the people who put them there in the first place.

--Brant

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The real problem with Brazilian libertarians (and there are many) is that they get elected and immediately turn into crony capitalists or plain old garden variety corrupt politicians.

This is because the government can never be any more decent than the majority of the people.

Greg

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