ZEDEs in Honduras

It will be difficult selling the idea of special zones to any government that it must give up ALL control to a group of foreigners (to them) to come and take over territory. That’s THEIR territory in their eyes. You have to have something to sell them. So “absolute sovereignty over the land acquired” is a deal-killer, at least if it’s proposed that way.

You’ve GOT to offer a government SOMETHING. Enough to make a sale. At least something for their citizens, kind of like the Free Zones.

That was what killed the first proposal in Honduras dead in its tracks. Romer (I think it was) and others in the first group were talking about using Canadian or Texas commercial law in the territory, and having complete control over who comes into these areas. That gave nationalist ammunition to the leftists who hate free markets about giving up sovereignty to a foreign power.

I don’t know exactly what happened with Romer’s quitting the project. It seemed like he was the central figure at first in the first designs of the zones. He criticized the introduction of another group in the planning stages. One report says he called it “sneaky”. Maybe he didn’t, you never know because the sources that propagate criticism of these zones are suspect and they spin and lie about them. Upside down. Like the accusation that these zones mean Honduras is giving up its citizens to greedy corporations.

The critics always “forget” the fact that an entire ten percent (10%) of the population of Hondurans has voted with their feet and air fare to subject themselves to just one foreign jurisdiction, the United Sates. And the biggest Honduran emigre population is resident in the area of Houston, TEXAS. Ask the rest of the country if they would rather live in Texas if residency or citizenship were guaranteed, speculate on how many of them would say yes.

So the Honduras Congress rewrote it and kicked the can to a special commission they empowered to set up the zones. That commission is led by Mark Klugmann, who also teaches at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala, specifically founded to be a libertarian-oriented center of education, as it is. Klugmann has said his studies on the subject of these zones suggests it must be initiated with what he calls a LEAP approach, with all four legs of the project in place from the beginning: legal, economic, administrative, and political.

I think that’s why he wants to begin with some major investor building some infrastructure in an area. That’s the Economic leg of the four-legged stool, and I guess the Development. The change in the Honduran constitution and the ZEDE statutes passed in Congress would be a legal framework. The commission members that approve the implementation of particular zones are approved by the Congress, and the Commission’s appointment of a Honduran to administer a zone, that would be the political framework.

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