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This blog was created to provide an alternative perspective on current events dealing with liberty, economics and politics. Though I do not profess to express an unbiased opinion – after all who can claim to be truly objective? – my aim is to present to you an uncensored and unapologetic, well-informed view backed up with facts.

So who brings you this kind of perspective? My name is Mart and I am an International Business (B.B.A.) graduate from The Netherlands. During my studies I lived abroad in Denmark, South Korea, Spain and the United States. Though I am no longer a student in name, I study a lot in my spare time, mostly in an effort to unlearn much of what I was taught in the public school system. This has lead me to become an advocate for voluntaryism, the right to self-determination and civil liberties, and the Austrian School of Economics.

If you are interested in learning more about the topics I write about, and especially if you’re one of those INTJ-type people like myself, check out the Recommended Readings section for some books that might be of interest to you. As Mark Twain said: never let schooling interfere with your education!

The Raw Report

Unconventional. Uncensored. Unapologetic.

Traveling through Argentina recently I was taken aback by the abject depression that seems to have taken the country and the people in its grip. Even after spending barely two days in the country I left with a negative taste in my mouth. More than the many buildings, modes of transport, streets and sidewalks in […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: September 29, 2014, 7:39 pm
As reported by the BBC last week, Brazilian authorities have dismantled a criminal organization believed to be the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest. The gang stands accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land to put up for sale for farming and grazing. Their crimes, said to be worth more than […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: September 2, 2014, 3:48 pm
During the Language of Liberty Institute’s Liberty Seminars in the south of Brazil last May, the attendees were treated to a talk about freedom and human prosperity. Using the Economic Freedom of the World report CATO’s Latin America expert Juan Carlos Hidalgo made a convincing case for (economic) freedom as a prerequisite for human progress. […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: August 26, 2014, 2:56 am
In recent days reports have been coming out about authorities’ struggle to battle a water shortage in Brazil’s two major cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Ostensibly caused by a severe drought, the crisis has even sparked fears of an impending “water war”. Measures taken earlier this month to reduce the water flow […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: August 19, 2014, 12:31 pm
Walking down the street here in Brazil it quickly becomes apparent political campaigns are in full swing. Signs displaying the slick smiles and hollow rhetoric of (would-be) politicians abound, and the same rhetoric emanates from megaphones on small vans driving around town. But besides the more high-profile presidential elections there will also be state elections […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: August 11, 2014, 8:37 pm

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