Brazil’s former leftist president, former darling of the “Pink Tide,” Lula da Silva gets 9 1/2 years for crony crimes

Lula and Obama cozying up during better times for both men.


We have asked this question before, but why is it that socialist leaders, supposed men and women of the proletariat, seem nearly ALWAYS to want to be rich?

The only exception I can think of off hand was Uruguay’s former “pauper” president who seemed not to pine for such things. Other than that, pretty much across the board,

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Trudeau’s turn from cool to laughing stock

Trudeau with another corrupt Marxist, Dilma Rousseff the now impeached former president of Brazil.

For the record I’ve never thought of Trudeau as “cool.” More “tool” than cool.

Trudeau’s boneheaded love letter to Castro is a great example of why the utmost caution should be used when dealing with “progressive” politicians. It seems, at least to me, that there is always a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) affinity for authoritarianism.

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2016 the year Latin America rejected the neo-socialists

Better days for the socialistas.

It’s been a weird political year south of the US border. The Peronists in Argentina lost.  Dilma was kicked out of the Brazilian presidency. Venezuela plunged totally into economic chaos induced by the current Chavista government. And now the rejection of the FARC deal in Columbia. Things have not gone well for the lefties, and it doesn’t look like they will be seeing much relief anytime soon.

The Pink Tide has ebbed and continues to ebb.

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Latin America’s (Socialist) Pink Tide Crashes on the Rocks

High tide in 2008.
Times change, and socialism always eventually fails. It just did particularly quickly in South America.

And thank God for that.

Unfortunately however in the crashing and chaos people are hurt. As the state apparatus grinds to a halt in Venezuela and spits and coughs in other parts of South America life has gotten harder for many as the statists cling to power. Government is a helleva drug and it is very very hard to quit.

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Dilma Rousseff the Crony Capitalist/Socialist has Officially Been Thrown Out of Brazil’s Presidency

Brazil is truly and deeply a crony economy. Red tape strangles everything. This has long been the case. However, since the socialists came in on the “Pink Tide” it’s just gotten worse.

But this is progress. There was no coup. The removal was constitutional. And Brazil’s young and very strong libertarian movement was key in this effort. Let’s hope that Brazil will continue to turn its back on crony capitalism/socialism in the weeks, months, and years ahead.


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Why can’t Brazil get it together? Crony Capitalism

For all the cronyism we have in the United States, and we have plenty and it is growing, Brazil is far beyond us. It is truly a crony capitalist state through and through. It has probably always been but the country’s recent socialist leaders haven’t helped things.

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How Brazil’s Libertarian Movement Helped Bring Down a President (VIDEO)

Menos Marx! Mais Mises!

This was one of the anthems of the revolt in Brazil which brought down the corrupt, Marxist and crony capitalist Dilma Rousseff.  We documented the uprising as it happened. Less Marx! More Mises! (As in Ludwig von Mises the godfather of modern Austrian free market economics.)

When I told a friend of mine, a wizened veteran of politics who has been a champion of free markets in Washington DC since before Nixon that this was the chant down in Rio and Brasilia he couldn’t believe it.

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The Brazilian Crony Scandal Takes Down the Socialist Prez, Dilma Suspended, Economy in Shambles, Olympics Only A Few Moths Away, Zika

That’s Dilma on the left.

Brazilian president and Marxist Dilma Rousseff has been suspended by the senate. Her crony dealings with Petrobras, the state controlled oil company, have found her (along with many other politicians in Brazil). And despite political bobs and weaves in the past few weeks she is now suspended for the duration of her impeachment trial. (Which likely means forever.) She has protested that the suspension constitutes a “coup.” But what else is she going to say?

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The great Brazilian crony crisis: 68% of Brazilians support the impeachment of socialist President Rousseff

The bigger the state, the bigger the corruption. This is a simple and near universal equation. Wherever and whenever the state grows beyond the basic level corruption spikes. It’s not the people in the government. Filling the state with well intended (for the sake of argument) people isn’t going solve society’s problems. This is the great “progressive” fallacy. It is government’s nature to become corrupt. Cronyism is a fundamental part of a powerful government. That’s just the way it is,

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Environmentally destructive cronyism in Brazil, socialist crony president used dam in Amazon to line her pockets?

One of the points which we have made here is that despite the faith many American greens put in the government, it is governments which are often the worst abusers of the environment. We have argued that the state is the greatest environmental ravager of them all.

We have also argued that respect for property rights (something governments often have a hard time with) and unsubsidized markets can be key in environmental preservation and sustainability generally.

Why are our coastlines decimated when a hurricane hits the East Coast?

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Head Of Brazilian Central Bank Ready To Quit Amid Political Insanity (Dilma seeks to protect former pres from crony scandal in cabinet)

Happier days in the red shirt brigade. (Red is not a “conservative” color. Blue is traditionally the “conservative” color including in the USA until very recently. As we say Texas isn’t a red state, North Korea is. Brazil has been pink, but the people seem fed up.

The crony and socialist current president of Brazil is under massive pressure to resign. Millions of people turned out into the streets to demand her impeachment last weekend. She doesn’t want to go.

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