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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

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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
For decades, Brazilian favelas (slums) have been under the control of highly organized, well armed gangs. Financed by the drug trade and armed with weapons often bought from the police the gangs rule their territory, rivaled only by other gangs trying to win turf. Up until a few years ago even law enforcement officers dared […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: August 4, 2014, 4:24 pm
A common characteristic of developing nations is the high rate of urbanization and subsequent disparate development between regions. Brazil being no exception to this rule, the effect is quite far-reaching in the healthcare industry. More than 90 percent of medical professionals are concentrated in areas that cover less than 10 percent of the country. A […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: July 28, 2014, 6:22 pm
Hailed by The Economist as a “much admired and emulated anti-poverty program”, the signature legislation of Brazil’s last president Lula da Silva was the Bolsa Família (Family Allowance) program. Aimed at alleviating the misery of the poorest segments of the population, the program provides financial aid to families and free education for children whose parents […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:01 pm

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