Charter Cities May Provide Alternative To Violence
Dave Killion — September 5, 2012
The proposed charter cities of Honduras have come one step closer. With the government signing of a memorandum of agreement, construction may begin as soon as March 2013 –
“The project’s aim is to strengthen Honduras’ weak government and failing infrastructure, overwhelmed by corruption, drug-related crime and lingering political instability after a 2009 coup.
The project “has the potential to turn Honduras into an engine of wealth,” said Carlos Pineda, president of the Commission for the Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships. It can be “a development instrument typical of first world countries.”
As I have said before, this strikes me as a Very Big Deal. Making the transition out of a corrupt, authoritarian regime usually involves violent revolution, but charter cities may provide the means for reform-minded government agents to work around those with vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Keep your fingers crossed!
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