Measures of Freedom
Brazil | Freedom House
, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 81, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"Rising inflation, Brazil's worst economic recession in 25 years, and allegations of official corruption battered President Dilma Rousseff's administration in 2015, leading to large but mostly peaceful protests and sustained public pressure for the president to resign less than a year into her second term. Opposition parties requested her impeachment over revelations that she had manipulated the government's accounts to disguise deficit spending, and the impeachment process was expected to begin in early 2016."
Human Freedom Index
[PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.81, Rank: 82, Personal Freedom: 7.35, Economic Freedom: 6.27, Democracy Index: 6.94
Level of Economic Freedom
, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.27, Rank: 124
A Libertarian Visits South America
, by Jacob Hornberger
, Future of Freedom
, Mar 1999
Relates Hornberger's trip to visit the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil and the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Argentina
"He was an ardent defender of the so-called rights to health care, education, housing, and other aspects of the socialistic welfare state. I first pointed out that the root cause of Brazil's economic problems was the fact that the government was constitutionally required to provide all of these 'benefits' to the citizenry. In order to alleviate the plight of the Brazilian people, I said, it is necessary to amend its constitution to prohibit the government from 'assisting' the citizenry in this way."
Along Pennsylvania Avenue
, by Murray Rothbard
, Faith and Freedom
, Dec 1954
Discusses (a) the world outlook after the 1954 Paris agreements, expressing hope "prospects for continued peace" and (b) the rise in coffee prices, pointing the finger at the Brazilian and U.S. governments
"The correct answer can be found in Brazil, traditionally the source of over half the world's coffee crop. For years, the Brazilian government maintained high minimum price supports on the export price of the country's coffee. The result, of course, saw 'surplus' coffee pile up in Brazil, unsalable at the artificially high price. Only two alternatives face the Brazilian government: abandon the high price support for coffee, or wheedle a dollar loan from the U. S. Government. Abandoning coffee supports would stop the mulcting of the American consumer by the Brazilian government cartel."
Better Them Than Us
, by Scott McPherson, 19 Jan 2004
Discusses the Brazilian disarmament statute of 2003 and similar 1997 United Kingdom ban vis-à-vis findings by Gary Kleck and John Lott regarding gun ownership and prevalence of crime
"Hoping to curb a homicide rate that puts Brazil's violent death rate above every other nation not at war, President da Silva signed the aptly termed 'disarmament act' during the Christmas week. The new law limits the carrying of handguns in public to police officers, the military, licensed security guards, and hunters; requires a background check for gun purchases; and raises the minimum age for gun ownership from 21 to 25."
Farm Subsidies Must Go
, by Sheldon Richman
, 30 Apr 2004
Discusses the response to a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. subsidies to cotton farmers violate WTO rules
"... at last year's WTO meeting in Cancun, Mexico, Brazil and other developing countries tried to start a discussion about farm subsidies in the rich countries. They got nowhere, so they walked out and brought the meeting to a halt. ... We can't know what the world supply and price of cotton would be without the subsidies. If they were ended tomorrow and the price rose, as the Brazilians maintain it would, we could expect the higher price to summon forth additional cotton from somewhere. So the Brazilians might be no better off."
Improve the CIA? Better to abolish it
, by Chalmers Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
, 22 Feb 2004
Lists countries where the CIA conducted subversive operations and recommends abolishing the agency.
"Since the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953, the CIA has engaged in similar disguised assaults on the governments of Guatemala (1954); the Congo (1960); Cuba (1961); Brazil (1964); Indonesia (1965); Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1961-73); Greece (1967); Chile (1973); Afghanistan (1979 to the present); El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua (1980s); and Iraq (1991 to the present) -- to name only the most obvious cases."
Related Topics: Attacks of 11 September 2001
, El Salvador
, Foreign Entanglements
, United States
The Global Education Industry: Lessons from Private Education in Developing Countries
, by Antony Flew
, The Freeman
, Sep 2000
Reviews the tittle 1999 book by James Tooley, which includes surveys of "private education alternatives in 13 developing countries" as well as analysis and recommendations
"In Brazil, for instance, there are seven or eight large chains of private schools, several of which also run universities and sometimes educational television stations. Not only is the private sector large in Brazil, but it is also strikingly innovative. The most dramatic example of this is provided by the COC chain. For fees of about $4,800 a year, it provides each student with a specially devised desk with a fold-away computer terminal networked to CD-ROMs, the Internet, and the teacher's 'smart-board,' a device that enables the student to take home a copy of all the teacher's blackboard writings on a floppy disk."
The Impoverishing Effects of Foreign Aid
[PDF], by Manuel Ayau
, Cato Journal
Analyzes the 1980s debt crisis, from the viewpoint of creditor and debtor countries, suggesting some solutions such as removing trade barriers, ending debtor government interventionist policies and creditor government foreign aid and subsidized bail-outs
"In Brazil, as of 1981, one-sixth of the country's supermarkets were state-owned. For each cruzeiro spent on conventional public investment, three cruzeiros were invested in Brazil's SOEs. Transfers of public funds to SOEs account for 77 percent of total public expenditures and for more than 25 percent of Brazil's Gross Domestic Product. ... The government is the owner of over 500 financial and industrial and commercial companies. According to Brazilian economist Paulo Ayres, these enterprises together with governmental agencies, are responsible for 70 percent of the nation's total foreign debt."
The Libertarian Student Movement
, by Caleb Brown, Wolf von Laer, Aaron Ross Powell, Free Thoughts
, 17 Feb 2017
Interview with Wolf von Laer, CEO of Students for Liberty, to discuss the status of the liberty movement on college campuses
"So you might have seen how much impact had we in Brazil. So we not only talk about Brazil, we also get a lot of stuff done. So you saw these massive, massive events on the streets, where people were protesting, and many of them were holding signs up like, 'Less Marx, More Mises' in Portuguese of course. There was a whole classical liberal movement there. Many of these people now who we have trained as part of our leadership are now in state parliaments. Sure, they're not part of our organization anymore, but they are our alumni and they are still affecting change this way too."
The Secret State
, by Carl Oglesby, 19 Dec 1991
Details various events from the dismantling of the Office of Strategic Services after World War II to the 1991 death of Danny Casolaro, which Oglesby said are reason to be worried about "a secret and invisible state within the public state"
"1964: Brazil. Two weeks after the Johnson administration announced the end of the JFK Alliance for Progress with its commitment to the principle of not aiding tyrants, the CIA staged and the U.S. Navy supported a coup d'etat in Brazil over-throwing the democratically elected Joao Goulart. Within twenty-four hours a new right-wing government was installed, congratulated and recognized by the United States."
Related Topics: Chile
, Dominican Republic
, War on Drugs
, Richard Nixon
, Nonviolent resistance
, Ronald Reagan
, Franklin D. Roosevelt
, Right Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
, United States
, Vietnam War