Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ron Paul Inspires Brazilians to Question Government

-Tatiana Gabbi
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – When it comes to Brazilian politics, one way to attack your adversary is to accuse him or her of advocating limited government. Privatization—even for very inefficient state owned companies—is a strange idea to most candidates and has no place in their political agendas.

Recently, there has been a timid yet steady growth of interest in liberalism and libertarianism in Brazil. This change of mind reflects the hard work and continuous efforts of initiatives like Instituto Ludwig von Mises Brasil which, since its foundation in 2007, has been promoting the principles of free market and free society.

In this scenario, former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul was invitedHelio Beltrao - Mises Brasil to come to Brazil for two conferences in São Paulo and was interviewed by Veja magazine, the leading weekly publication in the country and one of the most influential outlets of Brazilian press (photo at right is of Helio Beltrao, president of the Instituto Ludwig von Mises Brasil, with the article). This exclusive interview was published this Saturday and covered seven major points: being a libertarian, income taxes, public education, quotas, central bank, Middle East conflict and “bolsa família”—the Brazilian social welfare redistributive program that has been around for more than 10 years now.

About being a libertarian, Dr. Paul states (my translation from Portuguese): “I believe in individual liberty. Each one has the right to life and to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Government should never interfere with that. The basic principle of Libertarianism is that a citizen cannot initiate aggression against another one.”