“Once we provide a sound legal system within which to do business, the whole job creation machine – the miracle of capitalism – will get going,” Michael Strong, CEO of the MKG Group, which will build the city and set its laws, told FoxNews.com.
Strong said that the agreement with the Honduran government states that the only tax will be on property.
“Our goal is to be the most economically free entity on Earth,” Strong said.
This might be an irrelevant detail, but what is this city supposed to produce?
The trouble is that I'm not sure it's possible to avoid scalar idealism at some level.
subject to the Constitution of the Republic and the national government on issues related to sovereignty, territory, national defense, foreign affairs, elections, issuance of identity documents and passports.
SDR’s are autonomous legal entities that have their own system of administration, promulgate their own rules and have their own judicial entities.
Fundamental rights of individuals living in an SDR’s shall be protected by the constitutional guarantees safeguarded by the SDR’s Constitutional Councils.
To offset the effects of bad rules and governance, most poor countries end up paying cash and other compensation to foreign companies to persuade them to put capital in their countries. The SDR system was designed to make this practice unnecessary by fixing the underlying problem itself. By making it intrinsically attractive for companies to invest based on the quality and security of the local SDR system, the SDRs can attract new investment to Honduras without the Honduran government paying anyone anything.
The SDR’s are required to guarantee to the people residing within its jurisdiction, and those in transit or in any way present or passing through such jurisdiction, the most absolute respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. For the best compliance with this Constitutional Statute, the authorities of the SDR’s must take into account the general principles of the International Law of Human Rights, international jurisprudence on Human Rights, and the interpretations promulgated by international agreements and declarations on Human Rights
three flavors that go together
All the concern for the poor seems misplaced, as they are generally already fucked, and fucked completely without choice in the matter. The status quo already sucks, and insisting on a full grown western society to spring up there is akin to saying, "fuck you, poor folks!", because it's not going to happen without economic development instigated by some evil capitalists somewhere. That it's happening outside the pathological government that's hobbled Honduras forever is a good thing.
The banana republic wasn't the "fewer regulations" kind of place you seem to think it was.
Of course, the status quo isn't exactly helping out much. So what to do? Continue with the same, or try this venture? Remember, alternative plans are ok. Except nobody is actually doing them. Good intentions mean dick when you're not doing anything to make them happen.
He also spelled out the environmental risks, particularly if one of the development sites is the Sico valley, an area of virgin forest on the Mosquito Coast.
This sounds like a cargo cult attempt to emulate Singapore and Hong Kong.
Also: the extent to which this project is met with knee-jerk skepticism is why a lot of people are deeply suspicious of progressivism.
So, when are they gonna realize they don't have a working class?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets her Mexican counterparts at a security summit in Washington Tuesday to discuss the next phase in the drug war: how to train the judges and prosecutors that will be trying suspected drug lords.
The Merida Initiative, the U.S.'s $1.9 billion assistance program to Mexico, began mostly as a means to buy military hardware like Black Hawk helicopters for Mexico. But over the past two years, it has entered a new phase, in which purchases for the Mexican military are taking a back seat to measures to mend the branches of Mexico's civilian government.
The former director of Colorado's penitentiary system has trained more than 5,000 Mexican prison officials in recent years. Mexican jurists are running mock trials with visiting American judges to prepare for a transition to oral hearings that will replace Mexico's enigmatic closed-door meetings where sentences are handed down.
"Different things have come to the fore at different times, but strengthening the rule of law in Mexico is the area that's crucial right now," says Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Officials in both countries increasingly believe the root of Mexico's problem lies in creating an honest police force, professional judges and a prison system comparable with that in the U.S...
That reality is being reflected in how U.S. aid is being spent in Mexico. Assistance to the Mexican military has nearly collapsed, with counternarcotics and security aid falling from a height of around $529 million in 2010 to $67.5 million planned for next year.
Meanwhile money meant for strengthening institutions from law schools to prisons doubled in the last year, to $201.8 this year from $105 million in 2011.
Training Mexico to handle its own struggle could be more cost-effective for the U.S.—total aid this year to Mexico is at $330 million, less than half its number 2010—in large part because training police and prosecutors is less expensive than financing a military with big purchases like helicopters.
One example both sides are touting has to do with Mexico's courts, which are undergoing a radical overhaul. Unlike the U.S., most trials in Mexico take place in closed proceedings where judges aren't present nor even meet the defendant. Attorneys and witnesses gather in a cubicle where a clerk takes notes and prepares a file, later sent to the judge for a decision. There are no juries.
In 2008, Mexico's congress approved a change to have trials be conducted orally—with attorneys arguing in an open courtroom before a judge—with a complete rollout by 2016. The overhaul is hoped to boost conviction rates and guarantee fair trials.
Since the new system will be similar to the way trials are conducted in the U.S., the government has sent legal experts to train their Mexican counterparts in everything from witness protection to plea bargaining. So far more than 7,500 Mexican judicial personnel have received U.S. training at the federal level, and more than 19,000 at the state level.
A delegation from the U.S. Supreme Court met with Mexican judges in taking oral testimony, a first in Mexico. Members of the U.S. Bar Association are training lawyers... both the U.S. and Mexico agree that no amount of training will solve crime problems if corruption remains in institutions such as the police and judiciary.
If anything, the Pirate Party is more akin to the Communist Party, in that it was born out of an emerging economic and social era driven by a new technology, and that it advocates for people's rights in, and postulates new rules of engagement for, how to live in this new era of new advances. If the communists were beholden to industrialization, then the Pirates are beholden to the Internet.
"The ancient dream of compiling all human knowledge and culture and to store it for the present and future is within close grasp," the Pirate manifesto posits. "The digital revolution brings humanity the opportunity of advancing democracy" and "enables completely new and previously unthinkable solutions for the distribution of power within a state."
"The aim," it calls, "is to distribute power as broadly as possible over all citizens and thus secure their freedom and their privacy."
The Internet has radically transformed human society by democratizing access to information, as well as the aspiration to shape knowledge.
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