President Jair Bolsonaro: “This is our flag, and it will never be red!”

By Andy Duncan, Vice-Chairman of Mises UK

Are we beginning to witness more of a sea-change in the world? We see President Donald Trump in the United States attempting to roll back some of the American state. We see Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attempting to roll back some of the Austrian state. And now we see President Jair Bolsonaro attempting to roll back some of the Brazilian state.

[I’ll avoid talking too much about the gigantic mess of Brexit and that appalling globalist robot, Theresa May, but at least the process of Brexit has formed some part of the same momentum.]

Yes, we can all hope for the Hoppeian pipedream of waking up one glorious day surrounded by unicorns and pixies, along with a perfect constellation of tiny private law societies all over the globe, and be typically picky about each of these men and their imperfections in terms of libertarian flawlessness. We’ve been so successful with that particular strategy, over the years.

However, back here in the real world, I’m generally becoming more and more hopeful that we’re entering a new phase in history, one where we might actually reach that world of unicorns and pixies, one day, along with at least some Hoppeian private law societies.

Yesterday evening and this morning, I’ve been reading several UK-based ‘summaries’ of President Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration speeches, such as this ‘hissy fit’ one in the Guardian, and all of these reports were typically biased, with snide epithets such as ‘far-right’, and carefully chosen quote ‘snippets’ designed to bring much frothing to the mouth of any typical Leftist.

President Bolsonaro made two speeches. The first was a formal one to Congress. The second speech was one made to the public. If you’d like to read both speeches, in full, to make up your own mind, please click on this link, sent to me kindly by Christiane Silva Salomoni. Both speeches are, as you might expect, written in the beautiful language of Portuguese, however your browser translator should do a good job of rendering them into the language of your choice.

The main points of the second public speech were the following, which I’ve translated myself from a Portuguese text graciously sent to me by Helio Beltrão, along with some help by Google Translate, which does often tend to shred Portuguese a little:

“I stand before the whole nation on this day and regard it as the day when the people began to free themselves from socialism, the inversion of values, the bloated state, and political correctness.”

“We cannot allow disastrous ideologies to divide Brazilians, ideologies that destroy our traditional values, destroy our families, and destroy the very foundation of society.”

“Brazilians can and should dream. They should dream of a better life. They should be able to enjoy the fruits of their work generated from their own merit. The government must be honest and efficient.”

“We will expand our infrastructure, simplify and reduce our bureaucracy, and remove distrust as well as the burden of government from those who work and those who produce.”

“We have abundant mineral resources, fertile lands blessed by God, and a wonderful people. We have a great nation to rebuild and we shall do this together.”

[While holding the green, yellow, and blue Brazilian flag in his hand, at the end of the speech…]

“This is our flag, which will never be red!”

Magnificent words. I hope we see at least some of these words brought into reality, as President Bolsonaro attempts to drain the vast swamp of socialist Brazil. He really does have his work cut out, especially if he wants to make government honest and efficient I suppose, but I wish him the very best of British luck.

Vai Brasil!




  1. I don’t see Donald Trump consistently trying to ‘roll back the State’. In fact, quite the opposite.

    Tariffs:- (i.e. discriminatory taxes on things people and businesses buy, imposed for the purpose of trying to direct and/or force us into buying one thing instead of another), are a manifestation of the State writ large.

    During his chancellorship, Sebastian Kurz continues to impose a 12 hour maximum working day, (subject to a further maximum of 60 hours a week) has initiated a fusion of all Austrian social insurances, enacted the “Family Bonus Plus”, prohibited head scarfs in the public, installed the ‘monitoring compact’, and has established compulsory German language classes.

    What business is it of the State whether people wear head scarfs or learn particular modern languages?

    This sounds more like Stalinism or Maoism than anything else.

    Kurtz says that “centralizing the social insurance system will improve services for the insured”.

    He seems oblivious to the fact that the sole way to ‘improve services for the insured’ is to get rid of the State monopoly in this compulsory sort of insurance.

    In most (although emphatically not all) practical respects, these changes amount to something better than existed before, but they have not ‘rolled back the State’.

    Bolsonaro is known for his strong support of ‘national conservatism’. You can’t get much more Statist than that.

    He favours the State determining which consenting adults can enter into marriage contracts and/or have sex with one another.

    Following Bolsonaro’s arrival in the Social Liberal Party the PSL adopted conservative Statist positions, and its’ libertarian group ‘Livres’ announced their departure from it.

    Bolsonaro’s candidacy was endorsed by the ‘Brazilian Labour Renewal Party’ which has been accused of having links with neo-nazi and neofascist organizations and promoting fake news and conspiracy theories on the internet.

    It’s main ideology is to establish an economic system based on collective ‘participatory’ decision making as the primary economic mechanism for allocation in society.

    Needless to say the director of this collective ‘participation’ is (you’ve guessed it) the State and it’s an anathema to it that we as individual people might be left to make decisions for ourselves.

    It’s not a question of ‘libertarian flawlessness’. It’s a question of the fact that the three people referred to, are not ‘libertarians’. Each, to varying degrees, might (or might not) have individual merit in other respects. But they are not ‘libertarians’.

    The only thing that Kurz for example, has fallen out with the EU over, is the Austrian State’s right to vary the rate of child benefit it pays, dependent on where the child lives. And when he does so vary the benefits he will lose his case at the EU Court of Justice, and Austria will face EU sanctions for having violated the Treaty law to which it committed itself.

    The UK is on a track which theoretically at least, makes it capable of freeing itself of this imposition. Kurz has no intention of even getting to the starting block.

    Bolsonaro says:-

    ”We” (presumably he means the State or some other sort of other collective he has in mind), ”will expand our infrastructure”.

    “We” (again the collective) have abundant mineral resources, fertile lands blessed by God, and a wonderful people. We have a great ”nation” to rebuild and we shall do this together. (i.e. collectively under his direction).

    This type of ‘Nation State’ is the antithesis of liberty.

    All this ‘sea change’ amounts to is trading one gang of socialist politicians with one collection of priorities and prejudices, for another. The deficiencies of socialism are not remedied by picking different socialists more to our taste, but who call their brand io socialism something else.

    Maximising ‘liberty’, within a social environment might well be unattainable, but anyone calling themselves a ‘libertarian’ should at least be trying.

    • Bolsonaro indeed has some statist positions, but compared to most Brazilian politicians he is a beacon of freedom
      “LIVRES” is not a libertarian organization; they are simply lefties who found out that capitalism is more efficient than socialism. They promote the LGBT agenda, which seeks to abolish freedom of expression and religious freedom in Brazil in order to satisfy the sexual idiosyncrasies of a tiny minority.

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