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The guru of the Brazilian right-wing: who is Olavo de Carvalho

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Olavo de carvalho

“Starting on [October] 29, without rest, we’ll start working to take down [media group] Globo, [newspaper] Folha [de S.Paulo] and all public enemies! Got it?,” wrote Olavo de Carvalho, a self-proclaimed philosopher who has become the mentor for a new right-wing generation in Brazil. He hates the label of “alt-right guru” he has been given, referring to himself as a “mere observer of reality.” But the truth is that thousands of Brazilian right-wingers look up to him as their political guide.

Based in the U.S. since 2005, Mr. Carvalho shares his adopted country’s passion for guns and carries himself...

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