A short note on Brazil’s elections

In October Brazilians will elect the president, state governors, and senators and congressmen, both at the state and the national level. It’s a lot.

There is clearly a leaning to the right. The free market is in the public discourse. A few years ago most Brazilians felt embarrassed to be called right wing. Today especially people under 35 feel not only comfortable but even proud to be called so.

The forerunner for president is Jair Bolsonaro. The press, infected by some form of cultural Marxism, hates Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s interviews in Brazilian media are always dull and boring. Always the same questions. The journalists decided that Bolsonaro is misogynist, racist, fascist, guitarist, and apparently, nothing will make them change their minds. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Bolsonaro is a very simple person, with very simple language, language that can sound very crude. But I defy anyone to prove he is any of these things. Also, Bolsonaro is one of the very few candidates who admits he doesn’t know a lot about economics. That’s great news! Dilma Rousseff lied that she had a Ph.D. in economics (when she actually didn’t have even an MA), and we all know what happened. Bolsonaro is happy to delegate economics to Paulo Guedes, a Brazilian economist enthusiastic about the Chicago School of Milton Friedman. One of Bolsonaro’s sons is studying economics in Institute Von Mises Brazil.

It is very likely that Brazil will elect a record number of senators and congressmen who will also favor free market.

Even if Bolsonaro is not elected, other candidates like Marina Silva and Geraldo Alckmin favor at least an economic model similar to the one Fernando Henrique Cardoso implemented in the 1990s. Not a free market paradise, but much better than what we have today.

Unless your brain has been rotten by cultural Marxism, the moment is of optimism.

6 thoughts on “A short note on Brazil’s elections

  1. I’m not sure what’s with pretending Bolsonaro doesn’t have a very unstable character, a sketchy career to say the least, and a sub-par intelligence. His prejudices or lack of them are the least concern if he gets elected.

    I’ll concede there’s a certain enthusiasm in urban middle classes for a more free market approach, but these classes, however empowered they might have gotten after the recent political crisis, still don’t hold the keys to power in Brazil. money and control over the electoral machine will still define who wins this time.

    • You can say anything about Bolsonaro. Except that he has a sketchy character. He has never played the qui pro quo exchange of opinion, values and ideology for ministries. He never been corrupted. His founding values principles are immutable. And he is genuine. He talks the truth and his reason.
      Exactly why he has a explosive humor.
      The political scene already changed. We had a creative destruction with the PT.
      His honor is not up for debate.

    • That’s absolutely not the fame he gathered for himself in the army before he went into politics.

      And, yeah, he never played the game, mostly because he’s never been invited to the table. I wouldn’t be so sure of whatever honor he has until he had performed.

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