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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.

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
A common objection to a libertarian society is the “without the government corporations would rule the planet” argument. The theory goes something like this: having few or no laws would give business free reign to run roughshod over our rights since the people have no recourse if they are violated. By extension the idea of […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: July 14, 2014, 7:07 pm
The seventh and current Brazilian Constitution dates back to 1988, when it was written from scratch by a Constitutional Congress elected two years earlier. It contains a whopping 250 articles making it about as thick as the Bible. As its length might indicate it was not exactly written in the traditional sense, for the purpose […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: July 7, 2014, 4:39 pm
Walking down the street here in Brazil one can spot many signs on homes and businesses warning criminals that the property is protected by company X. For a free market proponent like myself this was a particularly interesting observation which prompted me to do some research. One problem many Brazilians complain about is corruption. Transparency […]
Author: Mart van der Leer
Posted: July 2, 2014, 3:55 pm

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