Brazil’s Growing Libertarian Movement Could Be Just What the Country Needs

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…“Menos Marx, Mais Mises!”

(From The PanAm Post)

Libertarians, on the other hand, started a movement of their own. Unlike the Olavo’s conservative movement, the libertarians lacked a central ideological leader. In a relatively short period of time, they have achieved very impressive results. Today, libertarianism is growing faster in Brazil than in any other country. The word “Mises” is the subject of more Google searches than either “Marx” or “Keynes.”

The country is full of Institutes, websites and blogs on libertarianism and Austrian economics. Instituto Mises Brasil (Mises Institute – Brazil) has translated several Austrian books and publishes articles every day. Estudantes pela Liberdade (Students for Liberty) holds conferences in hundreds of cities and has become the largest student association in the country by far. Dozens of student discussion groups have popped up in Brazil’s universities. Spotniks publishes daily articles debunking mainstream media. Instituto Mercado Popular (The Popular Market Institute) discusses market-based solutions to public policies. Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (The Institute of Business Studies) and Instituto de Formação de Lideres (The Leadership Training Institute) hold annual gigantic conferences in 5 capitals. But the biggest battlefield, of course, is online. Each of these institutions has thousands of facebook likes and followers. Alongside these, independent YouTubers and bloggers help to disseminate and popularize the ideas of a free society.

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