Brazil Politics: 19-Year-Old Libertarian Leads Brazil's Free-Market Movement, Criticizes President Dilma Rousseff
Libertarianism, with its calls for a massive decrease in the size of government and an abolition of most taxes, has becomes a viable force in American politics, and now it seems the Ayn Rand-inspired movement is heading to the socialist country of Brazil. Brazil has recently faced several scandals, including one that ties many officials of the current governing Worker’s Party to corruption at the state-owned oil company Petrobras.
Due to the nation’s political and economic upsets, there have been protests calling for the ousting of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
As reported in an Associated Press article, a recent March 15 demonstration, which boasted a crowd of more than 200,000 participants, was lead by a 19-year-old college dropout named Kim Kataguiri, an online sensation who has been motivated by libertarianism and conservative free-market ideals.
Criticizing Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Kataguiri shouted to the crowd: “What Lula and Dilma have done shouldnt just result in their being banned from politics. It should result in them being in jail!”
Kataguiri, the grandson of Japanese immigrants, has become the face of the Free Brazil Movement, a growing right-leaning group that is directed against Rousseff and her Workers Party.
The people involved with conservative group believe the best solution for Brazils corruption is the expansion of free-market views and making the government smaller and at the same time more fiscally responsible.
Kataguiri, along with other vocal free market advocates, are striking a chord with Brazilians who have had enough of the inflation as well as the already high and growing tax burden in their country.
Carlos Melo, a political scientist at the Sao Paulo-based Insper business school, spoke of the current state of Brazilian protests, saying: “We are starting to see an agenda that is very politically driven and clearly against the federal government and President Dilma.”