Bolsonaro’s far-right guru Carvalho dies at 74 in United States
27 January, 2022, 3:15 pm
BRASILIA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Brazilian Conservative ideologue Olavo de Carvalho, who was President Jair Bolsonaro’s political guru, died on Monday night at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia in the United States, his family said on his social media accounts. He was 74.
The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported that Carvalho was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 15, citing a group of his followers on social media.
Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, on Tuesday decreed a national day of mourning for Carvalho.
He moved to the United States in 2005 after the leftist Workers Party won Brazil’s presidency, and he gave online philosophy classes to his followers back home, championing individual rights and Christianity.
PayPal blocked his account that had been used to receive donations from followers and payment for his courses.
His combative attacks on “cultural Marxism” and the growth of the state made him an icon of the Conservative movement that swept Bolsonaro to power in 2018.
In recent months, as Bolsonaro made concessions to traditional centrist politicians to block impeachment attempts, Carvalho became critical of the president, saying he had failed in the fight against communism.
A pinned tweet on Carvalho’s social media account encapsulated his political views: “Capitalism is the godfather and protector of communism. The war is not between capitalism and communism, it is between CHRISTIANITY and communism.”