Monte Castelo is an independent research center based in Brasília, Brazil, and focused on the defense of life, liberty, and responsibility.
Instituto Monte Castelo is named after the most important battle Brazilian troops took part in during Second World War. The heroic conquest of Monte Castelo, a strategic mountain in Italy that had been under Nazi control, reminds us the Brazilian people is capable of achieving great things in the fight for freedom.
The political and economic issues currently faced by Brazil cannot be properly solved without liberty. The high concentration of power at the federal level – that imposes the minimum wage, controls most of the large universities, manages a centralized healthcare system and is responsible for all penal laws – makes it urgent to bring autonomy back to the citizens, then to local and state level governments.
But the idea of personal responsibility is just as crucial. Political liberty requires informed political participation. A healthy democracy cannot subsist without virtuous citizens. Often, in Brazil, this notion has been neglected, and transferring power to the federal government was seen as the first option to solve any major problem. This needs to change.
Most importantly: in a country where 80,000 people die every year because of crime and traffic accidents, and where the Judiciary often tries to impose loose abortion against the law and the will of the people, protecting life should be a priority. There can be no liberty and responsibility without life. Brazil needs common-sense laws and policies that protect the life of its citizens.
In its work, Monte Castelo explores a variety of issues – such as education, national defense, law enforcement, democratic culture, economic policy – and reaches out to lawmakers and policymakers in order to advance an agenda that promotes the values that make Brazil a freer, safer, and more prosperous country. The Brazilian people deserve nothing less than that.