Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Struggle for Democracy in Brazil”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on November 13, 1967, uploaded to YouTube on February 23, 2011.

Guest:Brazilian statesman Carlos Lacerda


Mr. Lacerda had been known for decades as a vigorous opponent of most of Brazil’s political class. Today’s discussion focuses on the difficulties of establishing democracy in a region traditionally ruled by an oligopoly and on the limitations of democracy per se: CL: “In Latin America you cannot speak of freedom in an abstract sense. Freedom is connected with lots of things such as food, such as education. And such as real freedom for all–not only for those who are in power. In other words, we are a little tired of just the juridical aspects of democracy.”