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Ayn Randians to create free market paradise in Honduras

Posted by Charles II on December 9, 2011

Don’t say you weren’t warned. All of the worst ideas of the right are being tried out on hapless Third World nations like Honduras. And they’re scheduled for reimportation to a community very near you. Like your own.

Via Adrienne, an article from The Economist:

Now, for the first time, libertarians have a real chance to implement their ideas. In addition to a big special development region, the Honduran government intends to approve two smaller zones. And two libertarian-leaning start-ups have already signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding with the Honduran government to develop them.

One firm goes by the name of Future Cities Development Corporation. It was co-founded by Patri Friedman, a grandson of Milton Friedman, a Nobel laureate in economics, and until recently executive director of the Seasteading Institute, a group producing research on how to build ocean-based communes. The other is called Grupo Ciudades Libres (Free Cities Group) and is the brainchild of Michael Strong and Kevin Lyons, two entrepreneurs and libertarian activists.

Mr Strong is close to John Mackey, the co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods…

Mr Friedman’s contacts seem more promising: the Seasteading Institute received lots of cash from Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who founded the internet payment service PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook…

Honduras has already created zones wherein Honduran law, such as it is, does not operate. Something like Michigan, with its takeovers of municipalities.

4 Responses to “Ayn Randians to create free market paradise in Honduras”

  1. jo6pac said

    I also read somewhere that Honduras was going after drug dealers, I guess they cia doesn’t like competition. If I was in this little nation I’d be trying to get somewhere, anywhere else. This worked so well the in Chile when uncle milton friedman tried it and they still haven’t recovered. Then a grandson is going to see how bad they can screw this little nation up, how sad. I feel for the serfs.

    • Charles II said

      The Honduran oligarchy includes at least major drug runner, Jo:

      New Wikileaks cables now reveal that the US embassy in Honduras – and therefore the State Department – has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé is a cocaine importer. US “drug war” funds and training, in other words, are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos.
      Miguel Facussé Barjum, in the embassy’s words, is “the wealthiest, most powerful businessman in the country,” one of the country’s “political heavyweights.”

      This is why remembering the history of Gary Webb and the Contra cocaine network is so important. This is not something new. It has been going on ever since the Green Gang.

  2. Hey, Lanny Davis and Josh Block! Is this what you intended to create when you signed up to punish Mel Zelaya for forcing t-shirt companies to pay their workers something approaching a living wage?

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