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How Brazil’s Libertarian Movement Helped Bring Down a President (New at Reason)

Reason TV traveled to Brazil for a look at how libertarian activists are fighting to remake the country.

A group of libertarian activists and filmmakers known as the Free Brazil Movement ("Movimento Brasil Livre") were instrumental in the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, a left-wing populist accused of fiscal impropriety. The group used its massive Facebook presence to help organize a series of pro-impeachment protests. Millions of protesters flooded the streets of Sao Paulo and other cities, holding signs like "Less Marx, More Mises."

Meanwhile, interest in libertarianism is surging among Brazilian college students. Students for Liberty, an international organization that brings together libertarians on campus, has a presence in 107 countries including the U.S. But based on the count of local coordinators who've signed up with the group, the Brazilian chapter ("Estudantes Pela Liberdade") is bigger than Students for Liberty in every other country combined. And it's on track to be twice as big next year.

Why is libertarianism catching on so fast in Brazil? Can these young activists help remake Brazil's dysfunctional government (on display this week as the Olympic games kick off in Rio)?

Reason TV traveled to Brazil for a look at the country's surging libertarian movement. Click above to watch the documentary. Click below for links and downloadable versions of the video.


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