EPL featured in Reason TV mini-doc on the liberty movement in Brazil

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ReasonTV’s newly-released overview of the vibrant Brazilian liberty movement highlights the positive impact of Estudantes Pela Liberdade (EPL), SFL’s regional affiliate in Brazil.

Students For Liberty is an avowedly international organization. As ReasonTV points out, we’re now in over 100 countries around the world. But Brazil is unique. In this region, more than any other, we have been able to inspire significant social change towards a freer and more prosperous society.

The video explores how and why libertarian ideas have become so popular amongst the Brazilian population — and especially young people — in recent years. It covers the role of the libertarian Free Brazil Movement in bringing about the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for corruption, mismanagement, and fiscal irresponsibility. Other organizations that  laid the groundwork for liberty in the country (such as Mises Brazil) are also discussed.

A key theme throughout the video is the culture of freedom on which the Brazilian liberty movement is built. Whilst the insights of F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and many other libertarian thinkers are popular in Brazil, activists interviewed in the video also highlighted the importance of promoting their movement as counter-cultural.

Innovative marketing techniques, including this attention-grabbing promotional video for São Paulo state legislature candidate Paulo Batista, have helped the Brazilian liberty movement position itself as an accessible anti-authoritarian alternative to socialist politics. In other words, they’ve been able to make liberty cool!

Although EPL maintains separate nonprofit status in Brazil, they remain closely connected to Students For Liberty and employ SFL’s model of social change. EPL contributes to the success of Brazil’s libertarian movement by educating, developing, and empowering student leaders interested in the ideas of liberty. This year alone, we saw over 1,000 people sign up for the Local Coordinator program in Brazil!

Keep up with our fight for liberty in Brazil by visiting the EPL website and learning more.

Thanks to ReasonTV!

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