Authoritarian liberalism and deregulation: fundamental rights under siege in Brazil

In 1933, Hermann Heller drawn authoritarian liberalism as a political concept to, critically, combine economics liberalism and political authoritarianism, on a close connection with the schmittian qualitative strong State. Both are marked by a profound distinction between State and economics, and consequent dejuridification, deregulation and no-intervention of the State in social life, as well as a strong State military, beside the control of intellectual-political functions and mass media instruments.
Using this theoretical framework to explore current Brazilian scenario, this paper identify those traces while federal government is repealing series of legislation. Under the premise of de-bureaucratize public administration and foster economic development, this deregulation process is taking down the last decades civilizational standards such environmental protection, human rights policies and public security enforcement.