Subject: Instituto Liberal
Posted by Nathan
On Thursday, June 01, 2000 at 19:05:19
A few months ago, I followed a link from laissezfaire.org to institutoliberal.org.br. It's the site of Rio's Instituto Liberal (IL), a bona fide Brazilian think tank. IL is, by far, the #1 source I have ever come across for insights into the political and economic condition of Brazil. I was so impressed that I chose to become a member, for a mere 20 reais a month (which is around ten U.S. dollars). Occassionally they send me insightful literature in the mail, in addition to their regular e-mail updates. While most of it is in Portuguese, their site does have a section in English. And their Marketing Director, Ligia, is fluent in English and has been very willing to entertain all kinds of questions on Brazilian politics and culture. If you're interested in an in-depth treatment of the most pressing issues facing Brazil today, check out www.institutoliberal.org.br, and let me know what you think.
P.S. Don't let the word 'liberal' in the name scare you. In Brazil 'liberal' doesn't have the leftist-socialist connotations that it has in the States. It simply means 'an advocate of liberty', which is what it originally meant in English as well.