"I'm Totally Freaked Out": Brazil's Elite Fleeing Bloodshed And Chaos

Amid the economic, political, and social collapse, Brazil has been described by many as being in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse” as years of corruption and violence spectacularly implodes all at once.

Horrified by the out of control violence and pessimistic about the nation’s political and economic outlook, thousands of wealthy Brazilians are now fleeing the country.

Thiago Lacerda, a high-profile actor, is one of the thousands of celebrities, bankers, lawyers and affluent Brazilians considering emigration before the next round of turmoil.

“I’m totally freaked out by what’s been happening, especially here in Rio [Rio de Janeiro],” Mr. Lacerda told The Wall Street Journal.

The 40-year-old actor said he has considered moving his family to Europe for the safety of his three children. “In several years, they’re going to want to go out, to start dating, without worrying about getting shot.”

Naercio Menezes Filho, director of the center for public policy at Insper, a São Paulo business school, commented on the situation and pointed out — the elite fleeing the country is the newest trend amid the threat of gang violence and economic instability.

According to a study published in June by Brazilian polling agency Datafolh, about 52 percent of the wealthiest Brazilians — those with a monthly income of more than $2,500 — want to emigrate, while 56 percent of college graduates have plans on leaving the country.

“The hope that Brazilians once had in their country has gone out the window, and many people are now reaching the conclusion that things are unlikely to change in the next few years,” said Mr. Menezes Filho.

Government figures show the number of Brazilians filing emigration notices with the federal tax office reached 21,700 in 2017, that is nearly three times the number in 2011, when officials started recording the data. WSJ notes that many are moving to the Portuguese Riviera and to US cities such as Orlando and Miami.

Since the economic collapse, Brazil’s murder rate has been increasing.

The response: Emigration notifications with the federal tax office explode higher.

And now, the country’s elite want out.

Marcelo Caio Corrêa de Melo, a 37-year-old e-commerce manager in Brazil, told WSJ that security is the top reason he is emigrating to Portugal at the end of this month with his wife and two children.

“At the beginning of this year, I was in the office and suddenly we heard a huge explosion outside, and everyone jumped up,” he said. “It was a grenade let off by criminals running from the police.” A few months later, he said his father was robbed at gunpoint — and that is when he decided to escape the collapsing country.

According to Datafolha, the economy could grow at a 1.5 percent pace this year, while unemployment remains elevated at 12.4 percent. Datafolha asked 16- to 24-year-old Brazilians would they emigrate, and the result was shocking: 62 percent said yes.

Besides violent crime and a collapsed economy, 16- to 24-year-old Brazilians may want to flee the country because of high taxes, stifling economic growth as a huge chunk of which goes to pensions, said Tony Volpon, chief economist at UBS in Brazil. For those with a good education, leaving “looks like a good decision,” he said.

WSJ cites Brazil’s foreign ministry, which indicates the US has the most significant share of Brazilian expats — more than a third of the three million Brazilians estimated to be living abroad.

“Things just work there. Infrastructure is better, and everything is not so expensive,” said Vinícius Barbosa da Silva, 20, a student from the south of Brazil who said he is preparing to migrate to the US by 2020.

Joseph Williams, a US entrepreneur who moved to Brazil eight years ago, said some Brazilians cannot comprehend why he is still transacting business in the country.

“I tell everyone who comes to Brazil that if someone comes at you with a gun, you give them what you have,” he said. Recently, in São Paulo, where he runs a real-estate advisory and investment firm, two men robbed the occupants in the car next to his at the traffic lights. “I threw my phone and my bag on the floor and slid down on the seat,” he said.

But for many Brazilians, leaving the country has become more appealing. “I want to give my kids a childhood, more freedom, more equality,” said Lacerda, the famous actor, adding that “the idea of cutting myself off from my country is unthinkable,” however, necessary as the country descends into further chaos.

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Sonny Brakes Sat, 08/04/2018 - 08:03 Permalink

I would like to volunteer to rescue a pretty Brazilian woman that I have had my eye on for the last few years.

I find it disingenuous that it is the elites who are typically in a position to take advantage of and influence their politicians that now want to escape the hell hole they themselves were responsible for creating. In Brazil, citizens are compelled to vote and I imagine that those votes can easily be purchased for a relatively low price.

Dutti SWRichmond Sat, 08/04/2018 - 08:18 Permalink

"16- to 24-year-old Brazilians may want to flee the country because of high taxes"

Only the ordinary middle class people in Brazil pay high taxes.

The well connected and corrupt at the top - not so much.

Should bribes be declared to tax authorities?

As the former French President, General Charles de Gaulle said:

Brazil is a country of the future, and always will be.

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Tom_Pain The Alarmist Sat, 08/04/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

They're lucky to have places to go.  Most of the countries of the world welcome Brazilians, because Brazil has welcomed immigrants into their country.

It's going to be a far different story when SHTF here, and people start wanting to leave.  We're liable to even find that walls work both ways, like they did in East Germany.

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Mr. Universe Richard Chesler Sat, 08/04/2018 - 10:42 Permalink

Those details are tough to maintain on $2,500 a month.

Just remember Brasil is the most diversified country in the world. Brasil also contains the 10th largest population of guess who? Why the children of the Synagogue of Satan.

Although they make up around half of one percent of Brazil's population, the Jewish community is very active in several aspects of Brazilian society. According Professor Anita Novinsky, a specialist on the Jews at the University of Sao Paulo, "Brazil was made by the Jews."

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gdpetti COSMOS Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:26 Permalink

Yes, same script being followed around the world if allowed... global regime change.. same script has started up here in the States... and look at Brazil, one of our more recent regime change ops... this is the pattern of The Economic Hitmen... get them in debt, then further and further... and this is after we engineered that op... same in Argentina... Venezuela is still resisting, same in Iran, Russia, and China.... can they resist until Mother Nature arrives in a few years? Until then, the script is well known... 'out with their OWO, in with their NWO'... as the outing continues... rising the stress levels to freak out all the sheeple too weak to maintain any strength as the storm starts.

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MoreSun Rutalkingtome Sat, 08/04/2018 - 14:24 Permalink

So the jew supremacists destroy the Brazilian economy and degenerate their culture, and then flee back to their haven of Evil so-called israel. Who couldn't see this coming:

"Hotovely(jew) said Israel was now bringing its campaign to get Dayan (jew) approved out from behind the scenes and into the open, and will use all the means at its disposal to get it approved, including waging a public campaign in Brazil, mobilizing the Jewish community there, and not naming a replacement for Mansour.

These steps will be taken, she said, to tell Brasilia that Dayan is “a man who is respectable, worthy, and accepted across Israel’s political spectrum.”

Jerusalem, she (jewess) said, will use these steps to say to Brazil, “Approve him, because if not we are talking about a crisis in relations between the two countries, and it is not worth going there.

And the jew supremacists want to raise the Russia false flag stories every day while these rabbid jews infest the entire world with their destructive Evil of every kind.

More:

"Brazil’s president Michel Temer who came into power as result of a Zionist coup against democratically elected first native president Dilma Vana Rousseff has refused to attend the funeral scheduled for Saturday for Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team who were killed in a plane crash, due to fears that he might be booed again. 

Brazil is home to 120,000 Jews even though the Jewish Lobby has been claiming for years that “Brazilian Jews are moving to Israel in record numbers.” But, like the so-called ‘Holocaust survivors’ population, it has never decreased."

REMOVE ALL JEW SUPREMACISTS FROM ALL POSITIONS OF POWER, NO MATTER HOW SMALL-NOW!

"Massive, fiery protests for democratically elected, criminally ousted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff?! What?! You ain’t gon’ see this in the Zionist media!

And why would you? The Zionist media, and the entire Jewish-Zionist-‘Israeli’ globe-holding cabal, have been the key driving force in implementing the coup against Dilma, but yet, as usual, NOBODY is delving into these connections and bringing them to light."

REMOVE ALL JEW SUPREMACISTS FROM ALL POSITIONS OF POWER, NO MATTER HOW SMALL-NOW!

 

 

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lock-stick MoreSun Sat, 08/04/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

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inosent Adolfsteinbergovitch Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:12 Permalink

From the article: "affluent Brazilians considering emigration" Were do they pretend to emigrate to? Hmmm? Same old bulls-. I'll tell you where they want to go - to a WHITE country. And guess what they will do once they get to the WHITE country? Call for the death of all white people, and scream about white racists and white privilege.

So, you see, the scam is for these incompetent morons from the third world to wait for the WHITE man to build a CLEAN and AWESOME country, built on state of the art civil, political and economic principles, and then come in and just TAKE it, and eventually ruin it.

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ZH needs MORE moderators! They MUST instantly ZAP accts that post crap, like this lock-stick azhl and few others. They really take away from the discourse and flow of the thread.

And then the reader has to waste their time scrolling through these asinine arguments between posters, with all the monkey brained profanity, and completely pointless statements.

In general terms, the posting here is OK, but there are a lot of low brow goof balls that say really stupid things, idiot things, pointless things. Then there are the obviously smart ppl that say dumb stupid things but they are on point and pretty funny.

On this thread the spammers and trolls show up early, and they ruin the thread. I volunteered to be a mod to zap these azhlz as soon as I see them, but ZH never responded.

 

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SACRED-COW inosent Sun, 08/05/2018 - 04:33 Permalink

Ugh! What don't you get?

This site is being operated by and for the NSA and GSA.

Their goal is to flush out people like you. 

You didn't notice that car which always seems to be following you?

In regard to the rest of your racist manifesto and your description of ZH posters, I would suggest it is a self description.

Keep up the good work.

Time is short.

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swif_siqol Rutalkingtome Sat, 08/04/2018 - 22:51 Permalink

Unfortunately brazilians are massively populist. Fortunately they pretty much hate all politicians.

In 2016[1], they(%) valued the former president "Great vs Awful" = "10% vs 69%". Now[2] it is "5% vs 72%". So it's pretty much maintaining the trend towards "0% vs 100%", but there is not a demand for impeachment because they know no candidates for replacement. Those who would want immediate impeachment in practice would be those in favor of the former shitty president.

The former president, in 2014[3], got #1 with ~39% of the votes. The #2 had 37%. So 25% of brazilians didn't even care about their impact on the election, or disliked all candidates (which is a healthy decision). And by then, "Great vs Awful" was at "31% vs 31%"[1].

I never vote, but there is an [classic] liberal candidate*, but he won't win because brazilians were indoctrinated to be populist ("please, great leader, save the country") since childhood. The change should be cultural first, which is pretty much underway (there are ancap youtube channel with ~half a million subscribers) -- but should take more than a decade, maybe.

*Brazil's "Liberal" equals to US' "Libertarian" in meaning (and Brazil's "Libertarian" equals to US' "anarcho-capitalist" in meaning). That trend got a nice traction among youngsters[4]

 

[1] http://g1.globo.com/politica/noticia/2016/03/10-aprovam-governo-dilma-e…

[2] https://g1.globo.com/politica/noticia/governo-temer-e-aprovado-por-5-e-…

[3] http://g1.globo.com/politica/eleicoes/2014/apuracao-votos-presidente.ht…

[4] (mises trend) https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=%2Fm%2F0cpvcd#GEO_MAP

(rothbard trend) https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=%2Fm%2F052h3#GEO_MAP

(hoppe trend) https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=%2Fm%2F01hfv2#GEO_MAP

 

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TBT or not TBT besnook Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:04 Permalink

Very far I need into this thread and no one highlights the cause of high taxes, as stated clearly by the emigration lawyer, cited in the article: PENSIONS.  Government employee pensions specifically.   See, as has happened in our worst blue states, past politicians made alliance with government workers, offering lavish working conditions, expanded numbers of such positions(bureaucratic expansion) but also big future​​​​​​ pensions, in exchange for loyal political support in the present.   The present is now long past and the future is here, now.   To avoid this nightmare, underfunded government pensions must be hair cut viciously down to supportable levels.

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38BWD22 COSMOS Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

 

@ COSMOS

Yes, Europe is no longer as safe as it used to be.  Too many immigrants who don't want to follow the rules of the countries that LET THEM IN.

Europe is safer than Brazil.  But, I would prefer the USA.  On the other hand, Portugal speaks their language...

Brazil is in a tough spot.  But maybe they are just closer to an ugly crash than we are, maybe we Americans are just a few years behind...

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Wild tree 38BWD22 Sat, 08/04/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

Rolling Bearings I hope you are right about the US having a few years left. I have an just turned 18 year old daughter, and I dread the world she is inheriting. I am of the opinion that if we have a year left of the world as we know it, we'll be dang lucky. To many bubbles worldwide searching for a pin. When the right one pops, then the whole world will suffer millions dead. Debt not sustainable world-wide, to few producers, all dependent on cheap, abundant oil. Oil is no longer cheap, or abundant. If Iran goes from a practice drill to real this week, the Strait of Hormuz blockage could be the bubble of all bubbles that finds the pin.

They are keenly aware of that fact.

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Wild tree Cloud9.5 Sat, 08/04/2018 - 19:37 Permalink

Good advice Cloud, I've been hedging my bets since Y2K caught me flat-footed. I've got my eyes wide shut, no one can know the future, but at the loss of our America that I once knew, coupled with the looting of our wealth by the .001 percenters enabled by the Fed, war seems to me the most likely outcome......

Lookie thar, at that dang squirrrel runningg. Quickkk Ma, get me that thar shotgunnn.

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38BWD22 Wild tree Sat, 08/04/2018 - 18:21 Permalink

 

Well, DCRB sure as hell ain't God.  I too hope for a gentle landing in our perilous world.

I guess the best I could suggest is to up the scale of your preparations.  At 18, I didn't know Jack Squat.

 

Diversification.  Less/no debt.  Stay healthy.  Get and stay spiritually fit.  We will need all of that if something really bad happens.

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