What were you doing when you were nineteen-years-old?
I’ll wager that most reading this article were not leading a movement to advance the message of liberty in one of the largest countries in the world. Most people would probably be embarrassed to share what they were doing when comparing their nineteen-year-old self to the exploits of Kim Kataguiri, the young leader of the Free Brazil Movement.
Kataguiri, a grandson of Japanese immigrants, has quickly gained a massive following in the past two years, largely by making satirical YouTube videos poking fun at Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other politicians. Kataguiri and others in the Free Brazil Movement believe that free-market views and the principles of liberty are the prescription needed to remedy government corruption.
This guy sounds like he could be an honorary Lion of Liberty.
Kataguiri says he had a political awakening two years ago when he began questioning a classmate’s position that a popular cash transfer program applauded by many experts around the globe was responsible for the expansion of Brazil’s middle class and for lifting millions of citizens from poverty during the last decade.
He believed the credit instead should go to the country’s commodities boom. “That’s what has helped the poor,” he said.
He began posting satiric videos to YouTube, which gained a following. He joined two digital media collectives and produced more clips. Along the way, Kataguiri read the works of free-market economists Milton Friedman and Ludwig Von Mises.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably wondering what these political videos look like and are curious what topics they cover. In my quest to track down one of these videos, I stumbled upon Kim Kataguiri’s twitter account. Actually, I’m not sure if it is his official account, because at publishing time it only had 8,173 followers. These numbers seem a bit thin for the leader of the largest political protest movement in Brazil. Regardless, this twitter feed contains some satirical videos that appear to match the description of was Kataguiri has been making. So at the very least it appears these videos are authentic to the Free Brazil Movement.
Check this one out video titled No Dia Em Que Eu Levei Borrachada.
The video is totally of the wall. Is that supposed to be Fidel Castro playing guitar?
Even though it appears to be a goofy skit filled with nonsense, the video’s message has a clear intent to cut at the core of the expansive coercive government in Brazil. These videos have proven to be a brilliant mechanism to advance the Free Brazil Movement’s influence.
I don’t speak Portugese, but I know how to use Google Translate. However, even though Google Translate had some troubles finding an English translation to some of the words. Even with these limitations, I was able to piece together the meaning of the lyrics. There was one verse that especially stood out.
Eu sei que ela já me prometeu
Um empreguinho numa estatal
Mas na verdade eu cheguei no protesto
e levei borrachada do policial
I think this translates to the following:
I know she has promised me
A little job in a state
But actually I arrived at the protest
and took police rubber
I’m not sure if I translated the end correctly, but it is the first two lines that stick out and likely resonate with the liberty movement in Brazil. The first two lines make reference to a job “she” has promised. The “she” they are referring to is Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The lyrics seem to imply that the liberty movement in the country is not going to be bought off with government jobs.
The message of liberty combined with the social reach of the internet is an unstoppable force. The story of Kim Katiguiri should serve as motivation for those of us that have become frustrated by our apparent lack of progress as we strive to advance the ideal of liberty daily. You never know how far an article, podcast, or video may reach. Your personal message of liberty could be reaching the next Kim Katiguiri in a distant country far away or in a house a block down the street. Keep up the hustle liberty lovers, we are making progress.
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