2020: The ‘NeWay’ to Serfdom
People, organisations & think tanks
Shanker Singham, EY, Zaha Hadid, Competere, ULEX, CATO Institute, IEA, Seasteading, NeWay Capital, Honduras Próspera LLC, Pronomos Capital, Atlas, Network, Heritage Foundation, Honduran Government, Erick Brimen……. and Dr Barbara Kolm
The above interactive diagram includes active links and is intended to help you visualize the connections and key roles and organisations involved in the ZEDE Project in Honduras.
It is interesting that the architect of many of the free market reforms in Russia was Babson Global Inc’s Shanker Singham is also one of the key architects of both Brexit and Enterprise Cities. A look at Singhams past speeches, in particular those in Moscow and the USA shed light on how long he has been lobbying and planning these monumental events. See https://competere.co.uk/speeches-and-conferences
…..A curious sequence of events
As the diagram above illustrates, Singhams’s statements about Enterprise Cities being a method of ‘eliminating crony capitalism’ require serious scrutiny.
More we all need put this statement into context with how it links to this very important chain of events Austria 2006, involving Benjamin Netanyahu, Dr Andrei Illarionov, Dr Barbara Kolm, Sebastian Gorka, Matthew Elliott and all key global libertarian individuals and think tanks. All of whom have their own motivations for Russia opening up totally to Libertarian Free Trade.
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Dr Illarionov, now with the US Cato Institute, as well as running his own Russian IEA Think Tanks http://iea.ru/ was fiercely critical of the Russian Goverments economic approach when he resigned in 2005 and especially concerning the scandal involving the sale of Yukos Oil and Mihkail Khorodovsky, (whose son studied at the US Babson College between 2003-2007). https://www.businessinsider.com/ten-years-after-mikhail-khodorkovskys-arrest-2013-10?r=DE&IR=T .
Dr Illarionov explained his serious concerns about the direction Russian politics was taking in this newspaper interview in 2007. Please take careful note of what he said here and compare it with what we are describing on this website. In particular, to what is being implemented by Shanker Singham, Dr Barbara Kolm and Erick Brimen’s Honduras, Britain and beyond:
When asked “You say that the West doesn’t understand what’s going on in Russia. What’s your view? What is going on?”, Dr Andrei llarionov (Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former Chief Economic Advisor) responded:
“The emergence of a new political, economic, and ideological regime. In fact, it has already been more or less established. My term for it — which may not be the most precise term — is a “corporativist” state. It’s where power is concentrated in the hands of corporations whose members hold all the key positions in the political, economic, ideological, informational, financial, and other spheres of life.
The elimination of freedoms leads, among other things, to the elimination of institutions — the weakening, collapse, and ultimately the destruction of public and state institutions.
These people support each other; they’re members of the same organization; they’re beyond the reach of law and regulations; and they counterpoise themselves against the rest of society. Their ideology is the so-called “nash-ism” — separating “us” and “ours” from “them” and “the others.” For “us,” common laws are not applicable.”
Private Government Syndicates
This is a must watch video from Monaco resident, lawyer, and mining and resources magnate Titus Gebel, a major investor in the Roatán ZEDE.
German born Titus Gebel, is the opinionated, self-styled ‘King Gebel of Roatan’. He has his own particular views on how governments should look, which includes the authoritarian ‘removal of politics’ in what seems to perceive as his own state. This is a proposition to billionaires that he canvassed in an open letter inviting them to invest in Private Cities.
There are a number of things that strike you when looking at the organisations and people involved with the world’s first ZEDE Enterprise City.
- The first thing you notice is that the vast majority are young white American males associated with libertarian think tanks and pressure groups.
- The second thing that strikes you is that the same names keep popping up in a variety of roles and organisations – often with clear conflicts of interest. This is a cross-population of group-think and vested interests that typifies this project.
- The third, and most alarming theme of ZEDE Roatan, is the exclusion of the local indigenous traditional landowners, who don’t even merit representation on the local ZEDE Roatan Committee and who have not been balloted on the adoption of the ZEDE Charter. Questions still remain unanswered about indigenous traditional landowner status and civil liberties within ZEDEs, especially worrying given the extreme poverty and low literacy rate amongst local Honduran and Garifuna populations.
“The former Minister of Economics, Fernando García, is a ZEDE expert; on behalf of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, he wrote a detailed study on the special development zones. But he too has more questions than answers. “The most important element of a democracy is the participation of its citizens, and for that you need free access to information,” says García. “But if there is no transparency, only cover-up, then one cannot speak of a real democracy.””
… if half of the small Caribbean island paradise of Roatan off the North coast of Honduras has been partitioned and the annexed land is leased for 50 years to a private US company, registered in Delaware in the United States to avoid tax and financial scrutiny.
… if this enclave is the site of the most daring social and economic experiment since China’s Cultural Revolution and with an economic model that aims to build on the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), such as Shenzhen City and Guangdong Province, that enabled China to rapidly expand as the World’s leading trading nation. A vision for an autonomous privatised nation-within-a-nation, a center for finance and trade, wrapped in a cloak of privacy with light-touch laws, minimal red tape and very little tax to pay.
… your government was selling your sovereignty to wealthy overseas investors who will become your neo-feudal overlords. These libertarian colonialists have the right to evict you from your own property using their own private police and military forces and an ‘outsourced’ judiciary system and ad-hoc penal code.
… if these ‘Charter Cities’ were linked in a global web of economic secrecy in a way that would make it virtually impossible for the European Union’s powerful new Tax Avoidance Directives to be enforced, whilst Honduras is at the same time receiving significant EU development funds:
…if companies like McKinsey are warning of very significant risks
“Still, these success stories have a flip side: ill-conceived or badly implemented SEZs can have a significant negative effect. A relative lack of regulation and oversight, for example, creates opportunities for illicit activities, including trade in counterfeit goods, money laundering, and trafficking in human beings, drugs, and weapons.”
ZEDE Roatan – A Viennese Waltz
The ZEDE model in Roatan has now been populated with private companies and organisations that will operate the jurisdiction. The image is that of a syndicate of interconnected libertarian billionaire investors, politicians, economists, think tanks and global business interests.
Two of these shown below at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas in 2013, Dr Barbara Kolm and Dr Richard Rahn are operating at the highest levels worldwide to ensure the project succeeds at any cost. In the case of Dr Rahn, and Dr Kolm, who is Vice President of the Austrian National Bank, it is curious that their fellow Americans and Austrians seem to be blissfully unaware of what they and the other extremely powerful individuals on this vast project are doing to disrupt democracy in a Central American country, infamous for cocaine and gun smuggling.
In fact there is a history of foreign exploitation and manipulation of this part of the world. Edward Bernays – famous for rebranding propaganda as ‘Public Relations’ and using ethically questionable techniques to sell people things they didnt need – managed to meddle in Latin American politics, and worked closely with the CIA . Bernays controversially used the work of his uncle, the infamous Austrian founder of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud to achieve his goals and gain great personal wealth in the process.
Indeed. from the Ronald Reagan government’s Nicaraguan Contras, back to the slave traders of the British and Austro-Hungarian House of Habsburg Empires’ there is history of foreign interference. Not forgetting also the well-documented post-war drug and gun smuggling that Nazi war criminals like Klaus Barbie carried out in Latin America, often in collaboration with the CIA and various European Governments.
Perhaps it is time that a lot more scrutiny was placed on the people and their hugely powerful backers who are intent on disrupting democracy?
The Boards and Committees of the first Honduran ZEDE in Roatan are stacked with representatives from Atlas Network’s 447 Libertarian partner think tanks which operate in 95 countries and include representatives of the climate-change-denying the Heritage Foundation, World Taxpayers Associations the CATO Institute, The Mont Pelerin Society, the UK’s Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the Austrian Economic Center.
Note: The World Taxpayers Associations (WTA) is huge umbrella which brings together most of the Far Right Libertarian organisations worldwide. Matthew Elliot, CEO of Brexit Vote Leave campaign who worked very closely with Shanker Singham at Legatum, is on the Board of Advisors. Matthew’s obliquitous wife Sarah Elliott of Republicans Overseas (UK), was a previous WTA Secretary-General and worked for Grover Norquist, who helped Matthew form the Taxpayers Alliance.
Key players include:
Shankar Singham – Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the UK’s IEA think tank and an admirer of Opus Dei’s evangelical Catholicism & idea of “the sanctification of work”. Importantly, as well as being touted at the real mastermind behind Brexit, Singham’s key role at Babson Global Inc indicates that he is instrumental in negotiating new ZEDE’s with host Governments and with the aim of disrupting the global economy.
Dr Barbara Kolm – President of the Hayek Institute, and Director of the Austrian Economic Center and Free Market Roadshows which evangelise Austrian-School Free Market Economics worldwide with the aim of ‘Disrupting Democracy’. She plays a key role in influencing most global Libertarian institutions, lobby groups and governments, and is referred to by her own Austrian Economic Center as, ‘the Voice of Europe‘. In addition, Dr Kolm is Vice President of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), sits on numerous boards and is a University lecturer.
Peter Thiel – the American/German Silicon Valley billionaire ‘wunderkind’ who founded PayPal and the notorious Palantir organisation which provides the big-data backbone for election influencing digital campaigns via Facebook, where he is on the Board of Directors, and other Social Media channels. Thiel’s Seasteading Institute which applied the same Free Market theory to ocean-based dwellings and ultimately, marine Charter Cities. An early investor, Thiel has distanced himself from the ZEDE Roatán project in recent years.
Titus Gebel – a mining and resources billionaire and primary investor, who likens his power in the Roatán ZEDE, ‘his City’, to that of Prince Albert in Monaco. Gebel also founded the Startup Societies Foundation and has formed an alliance with FEMOZA, the World Free and Special Economic Zones Federation, based in Geneva, Switzerland. FEMOZA has links to Vladimir Putin (see bottom of page).
Patri Friedman – anarcho-capitalist grandson of economist Milton Friedman (who incidentally, like Hayek, was an advisor and advocate of General Pinochet’s regime in Chile). Friedman was previously an executive at Google, and is the founder and general partner of finance organisations Pronomos Capital and Zarco. An ex Google engineer, Friedman started the Seasteading Institute with seed funding from Peter Thiel, and sits on the boards of multiple neocolonialst ventures including Titus Gebel’s Startup Societies Foundation.
Mark Skousen – a former CIA Economic Analyst, influential advocate of Austrian Economics and prolific author, who’s titles include ‘The Complete Guide to Financial Privacy‘. Skousen was President of the Foundation for Economic Education, the oldest free market think tank in the USA, and is the founder of the annual FreedomFest, the largest libertarian gathering in the world.
Archduchess Gabriela von Habsburg – a member of the House of Habsburg family who colonised Central America during their , through the patronage of Christopher Columbus and Hernán Cortés (often referred to ‘Cortez The Killer’) and others. Habsburg is an artist and ‘diplomat for hire. Her Tabula Rasa Exhibiton included her sculpture called “The Monument to the Three Powers of the State”, referencing the executive, legislature and judiciary.
Middle-East financiers – linked to the wealthiest families and conglomerates in the UAE and Oman, including Jeff Singer, the former Chief Executive of the Dubai International Finance Centre Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Michael Reagan – Son of US President Ronald Reagan and US Republican strategist and political pundit.
Kakha Benduikze – now deceased, Benduikze made his fortune privatising Russian industries, and was the architect of the chaotic market reforms in Georgia.
Joel Bomgar – Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and tech businessman. Joel Bomgar co-authored the Future Plan for Mississippi with Governor Phil Bryant, who himself is no stranger to controversy https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/too-much-love-nigel-farage-and-friends-have-a-bad-boys-ball-in-dc
Alejandro Chafuen – President and CEO of the Atlas Network between 1991 and 2018, who’s meeting with Dr Barbara Kolm at the IEA in London in 2006 may have been the moment this vast bold project, involving Brexit and ZEDEs was germinated.
Mark Klugmann – US Presidents Reagan & Bush speechwriter, advisor to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa. Klugmann played a pivotal role in obtaining the constitutional change required to provide full eCity3 ‘micro-nation’ autonomy for the Honduran ZEDEs. Klugmann was previously an advisor to a Chilean Government Minister from Pinochet’s murderous regime.
… and also several serving and former Honduran Ministers, several with close links to organised crime and the narcotics trade, including the current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who like his jailed brother , is under investigation by the USA for his links to the narcotics trade.
A form of bastardised ‘Nation-building’ that would only exist in a science fiction novel right?
A century after the US military intervention in La Ceiba and the return of territorial concessions
(Mark Lutter’s) .. essay chronicles decades of libertarian failure to get projects off the ground, which reads as a forceful indictment against the capacity of grass roots libertarians to become city-builders. As Lutter points out, startup societies have a unique knack of getting kicked out of the places where they are trying to build and have struggled to apply a Burning Man / Silicon Valley / libertarian ethos to real-world contexts in their city-building endeavors.
Charter Cities and the ‘Leap Model’
The original vision for Enterprise Cities was based on a model proposed by Paul Romer had an elegant simplicity. Each special administrative zone engaged with a developed nation and adopted the legal code of that nation, for example, Canada. Paul Romer’s TED Talk on Charter Cities was the catalyst for ZEDEs in Honduras. Having been involved in the project from the outset, Romer withdrew from the project when Mark Klugmann’s LEAP model was selected by the Honduran Government, defying Romer’s requirement for a Transparency Committee.
The following short film from FreedomFest 2013, Mark Klugmann explains his LEAP (Legal, Economic, Administrative and Political) Zones.
Honduras needed to implement a number of constitutional changes to allow the ZEDE in Roatán to proceed. This slide deck details the constitutional changes and also names the members of the Committee of Best Practices.
Slide 12 | Removal of requirement for a plebiscite for ZEDE approval on rural land
Slide 17 | ZEDEs permission to create their own economic and employment laws
Slide 18 | ZEDEs permission to operate autonomous laws and legal system
Slide 19 | Appointment of Committee of Best Practices (CAMP) members by Honduran President Lobo
Slide 20 | Ability for ZEDE to expand to incorporate more land
Click here to read more about ZEDE Roatan, Honduras Investors
… if some of the wealthiest people on the planet, such as Peter Thiel and Titus Gebel, were funding this social and economic experiment without the informed consent of the local population. These people, with radical ideas about the future, that have no alignment with your cultural or social values, feel empowered by wealth to use your life and home as part of a neo-libertarian experiment designed to break your current society and rebuild it to meet their dictatorial vision.
ZEDE Committee of Best Practices (CAMP)
Click here to read more aboutCommittee of Best Practices (CAMP) Founding Members details
…if unproven experimental right-wing think tank theory is implemented without any ethical, social or environmental safeguarding or public representation?
… if Honduran ex-President ‘Pepe Lobo’ Porfirio Lobo Sosa, had handpicked a 21 member global Committee of Best Practices (CAMP) and appointed the Hayek Institute’s Dr Barbara Kolm as the President of the CAMP Committee and head of ZEDE Board of Trustees. This is the same President Lobo whose wife is currently in prison serving 58-years for corruption, and whose son is in prison in the USA serving 24 years for narcotics crimes.
… if the same Honduran President Lobo forced through the ZEDE legislation by removing opposing judges in a secretive midnight session in what was referred to as a ‘Technical Coup‘. Initially, the Honduran judiciary ruled ZEDEs as unconstitutional with judges voting 4:1 against the required constitutional change. However, legislation was passed once ‘Pepe Lobo’ sacked the four opposing judges and later the one judge supporting ZEDEs was made Attorney General.
… if the mastermind of modern Charter Cities, Paul Romer, had withdrawn from the project due to Dr Barbara Kolm’s CAMP refusing to implement a Transparency Commission. (Although Professor Lan Cao’s Charter City report in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, page 743, suggests that Romer’s departure may have been in protest to the extrajudicial murder of two human rights lawyers opposing such schemes, and states that “Romer withdrew from the reform shortly after the assassination of a Honduran human rights attorney, who was responsible for bringing a constitutional challenge to the RED legislation prompting the questionable removal of four Supreme Court justices who posed a threat to the reform”. REDs were a precursor to ZEDEs.
…if the Honduran Government had handed the powers of a pseudo-Congress to the ZEDE Committee of Best Practices, in effect making them the unelected dictators within the new jurisdiction (and without a plebiscite).
… if the current Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernández, who gave the Roatan project final approval in May 2020, has been auctioning-off ZEDE investment opportunities on the global money marketplace. Notably, Hernandez himself is under investigation for narcotic crimes, and his brother, Tony, has been convicted in the USA for major cocaine and gun trafficking and is linked to notorious Mexican cartel boss ‘El Chapo’ Joaquín Guzmán Loera.
“Honduras is ready for you.”
ZEDE Government and Governance
The model for government and governance within the Roatán ZEDE is exceptionally lean, in line with libertarian ideals.
The Committee of Best Practices (CAMP) has oversight and control over all aspects of life in a ZEDE, for example, new residents in the ZEDE have to be proposed by the local ZEDE Roatán Committee and approved by CAMP. The local committee can propose new laws and regulation however it appears CAMP has the right of veto. Dr Tom W. Bell of the CATO Institute and ULEX, likens CAMP to the US Congress, the obvious difference being that the US Congress consists of elected officials rather than an international panel of vested interests appointed directly, in the case of Honduras, by a President with apparent links to organised crime. Undaunted, Chair of ZEDE CAMP, Dr Barbara Kolm is extremely clear on her view of that the singular role of government is the provision of the rule of law.
Under the oversight of CAMP, NeWay Capital LLC and Honduras Próspera have emerged as the investment vehicle and the development company. The CEO of both companies, Erick Brimen is a Babson College graduate who works closely with Babson Global Inc’s Shanker Singham as you may remember from Case 1 – The Tabula Rasa – A Clean Slate. Interestingly both NeWay Capital and Próspera Honduras have almost identical Boards and Advisory Boards, rather peculiar given the different functions they perform.
International Advisory Boards
Click here for links to read more about NeWay Capital & Próspera Honduras LLC International Advisory Board Members
Having read through the information we have provided in Case 1 – The Tabula Rasa about Babson Global Inc, we now put that into context with the information covered in this section we find ourselves asking questions about the logical and ethical structure of the entire ZED project. Looking at even just one section of the organisational chart there appears to be no other conclusions other than that there is:
- Clear and fundamental conflicts of interest and people in multiple roles
- Serious concerns about lack of international oversight into what is effectively nation- building
- Substantially more focus on making huge profits for investors than benefiting the indigenous peoples
- No clear plan for failsafe environmental protection
- Total lack of meaningful representation for the indigenous peoples
- Erosion of fundamental human rights
- Questions regarding how International Law will apply
- Serious concerns about how Freedom of Speech for independent journalists and campaigners will be affected
- The current composition of CAMP is unknown
- Serious concerns about the removal of transparency commission
- Serious concerns about how ZEDEs will be used totally bypass the EU’s Tax Avoidance Directive
- Involvment of Honduran official that are or have been under US Federal investigation for involvement in the narcotics trade
- Serious questions about the entire risk and communication strategies
Final National Lawyers Guild ZEDE Report
“Instead of fulfilling its obligations to care for its citizens, Honduras is relinquishing those duties to international investors who are focused on increasing profits, not providing for economic and personal security. The international community must monitor for a potential human rights disaster created when the Honduran government privatizes the state functions that serve as its core organizing principles and obligations.”
NeWay Capital & Próspera Honduras LLC Board and Executive Team
Click here to read more about Próspera Honduras LLC Board and Executive Team Members
Próspera’s proposition for the Roatán ZEDE can best be explained by this *must watch* presentation on a Bay Islands local television special by Erick Brimen, CEO of NeWay Capital and Próspera Honduras. Watch from timestamp 17:08.
Próspera aims to not be limited to one location on Roatan, and Brimen sees his project not only expanding around Crawfish Rock, but thought the island and beyond. “The idea is to have multiple hubs thought the island that voluntarily annex,” said Brimen. “We don’t own it all; in fact we don’t have to own it for it to become incorporated.”
This TV presentation conflicts with Brimen’s speech to the Crawfish Rock inhabitants a few days later where, surrounded by armed guards, he threatens locals with expropriation. His armed guards then engage in a scuffle with local municipal police.
This directive, sent to Roatán residents by Próspera ZEDE, ordering all Roatán residents to apply for paid ZEDE citizenships on their own land is the cause of the unrest.
In July 2020, four Garifuna youth leaders and protestors were forcibly removed from their homes by State Security Services and have not been seen since. Honduras is a country where protestors are regularly ‘disappeared’ by authorities. This context makes the following phone call by Erick Brimen to the mother of a ZEDE protestor, threatening to have her daughter arrested for writing a letter of complaint about Próspera, particularly worrying:
Despite reassurances that local Hondurans will be employed wherever possible, there are currently no indications that long term training programs and resources will be sufficient to raise skill levels high enough for this new cutting edge hypercapitalist society. The only commitment is that 90% of day-labour will be Honduran.
Whilst the ZEDE Syndicate claim they will raise living standards of the local population, they are in fact only offering salaries 10% higher than the rest of Honduras, which for poverty-stricken people is unlikely to cover the cost of the annual residency fee and mandatory personal indemnity insurance. If either of these ‘existence taxes’ within the ZEDE are not paid then Hayeks recommendation of using market forces to drive these people off their own land will become reality, as he had proposed to the British Government as a solution for ridding Gibraltar of it’s local inhabitants in 1944.
Click here to read more about ULEX Team Members
The ZEDE Roatan Charter enables the leaseholder of the ZEDE, in this case, Próspera Honduras LLC, to create their own civil and commercial laws. Justice in ZEDEs is based on a system being called ‘baseball arbitration’ whereby each party appoints an arbiter, then the arbiters select a third arbiter to work as an adjudicator.
ULEX, a team of legal professionals headed up by the CATO Institute’s charismatic Professor Tom Bell, is developing the legislative code and also the tool used to initiate ‘baseball arbitration’. An ‘independent’ arbitration service, Próspera Arbitration Center (PAC), has been established with an international panel of arbiters to adjudicate on legal disputes. Juries and the right of appeal, do not exist in ZEDEs.
It is important to recognise, as stated in the video above, that this system is designed so that the losing party in any dispute pays. Working-class people of the ZEDE are in effect being frozen-out of legal representation due to the cost, and complexity of employing these highly skilled international resources. This is an extremely important fact when you are a subsistence farmer or fisherman fighting the might of the ZEDE organisation to retain your traditional indigenous landowner rights.
In 2013, Professor Tom W. Bell, Adjunct Scholar and Policy Director at the CATO Institute, described his vision for creating a new form of legislature, called ULEX. The ULEX online platform of reference laws for the ZEDE jurisdictions and has been approved by the CAMP or ‘Congress’ as Tom Bell described it.
The modular functionality of ULEX effectively allows businesses, organisations or individuals to ‘cherry-pick’ sections of law from almost any country and incorporate these into the’organic’ legal framework of any ZEDE to suit their particular purposes. Whilst this may appear to be an easy legal tool, there are risks involved in terms of lack of holistic continuity in contrast to a system which has evolved over time with appropriate scrutiny and change control. It may also be more open to abuse and could diminish the rights of the indigenous population even further.
Professor Tom Bell…..judge the ULEX law system for yourself
This ULEX vision is now a reality, and the ULEX system has been selected as the legal framework for ZEDEs, with Roatan earmarked as the testbed for this experiment. In the following video, Professor Tom Bell explains from timestamp 4:00 the progress of ULEX and his roles with multiple organisations. The latest version of the ULEX opensource legislation, mandated by the ZEDE Common-Law code, can be found on GitHub https://github.com/proftomwbell/Ulex/tree/master/versions/1.2.
Given the number of years that ULEX has been in development, at first glance there are some notable omissions as detailed in the Report of the National Lawyers Guild Delegation Investigation of Zones for Economic Development and Employment in Honduras, details the failings of the ZEDE legal framework, including key omissions, including:
- Indigenous landowner rights
- Anti-sex-discrimination laws
- Racial and religious discrimination
- Habeas Corpus
- Disability rights
- Universal suffrage
- Anti-money laundering legislation
- The right of appeal on Próspera Arbitration Centre rulings
On deeper inspection we have discovered that many of the links in the new ULEX Roatan Legal Code trace to Wayback Machine, an automated web archive used to retrieve deleted pages. For example, section 2.6.2. Wards: ULC, Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act (1997).
Page not found on Uniform Law Commission website:
Is this a legal system that you would like to live under? The Centre for International Environment Law are not convinced.
Decentralization post COVID-19: Ulex, Holocracy, DAOstack |Tom W. Bell, Brian Robertson, Matan Field
Timestamp: 04:15 | Professor Tom Bell showcases the ULEX system and promotes his book Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations.
Próspera Arbitration Centre (PAC) – a Kangaroo Court?
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A new company has been established to provide arbitration and judicial services within the Roatan ZEDE, Próspera Arbitration Centre (PAC). The autonomy of PAC is at best questionable as the CEO, Humberto Macias, is Deputy Legal Counsel for both NeWay Capital LLC (the ZEDE investment vehicle) and Honduras Próspera (the ZEDE leaseholder). One of the arbiters, Australian mining and resources barrister, Martin Klapper, is an ambassador for Titus Gebel’s Free Private Cities.
A PAC Standing Competence and Ethics Committee (SCEC) has been established, with responsibilities including, “Receiving and adjudicating complaints filed by members of the public concerning the conduct of Artibers and Senior Arbiters in active service”. The SCEC is comprised entirely of PAC arbiters with one notable exception – Nick Dranias, who is the General Legal Counsel both Honduras Próspera LLC and NeWay Capital LLC.
This conflicted PAC structure has been approved by Dr Kolm’s Committee of Best Practices and is a cause for great concern for the local residents being forcibly incorporated into the ZEDE.
“What is the legal status of Roatán Próspera and how can it guarantee continuity?
The Próspera ZEDE was legally established on December 29, 2017, as a public-private partnership with a renewable 50-year term. In doing so, the government of Honduras allowed Honduras Próspera LLC, incorporated in Delaware, to promote and organize the 60-acre parcel of land that it acquired on Roatán. “https://econamericas.com/2020/07/first-charter-city-honduras-prospera-revives-zedes/
Próspera Roatan Committee
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The Technical Secretary plays a key role in society within a ZEDE. Likened to an ‘overseer’ by Mark Klugmann, this colonial-style governor has the ability to create new laws and regulations, and sign contracts with service providers for the zone. In the case of ZEDE Roatan, the Technical Secretary, Tristan Monterroso, a local pastor, real estate agent and friend of the CEO of the ZEDE leaseholder, Eric Brimen.
There is little to write about this committee as there seems to be no transparency.
The Three Displacements of the Garifuna – Slavery, Exile & Neocolonialism
We highlight the tragic impact of the Tabula Rasa and Enterprise Cities on the indigenous Garifuna people on the island of Roatán, Honduras.
These people and their supporters are being forced from their land so that an Enterprise City can be built on their unspoiled island, and in some cases being assassinated or ‘disappeared’, for daring to reject the Tabula Rasa vision.
Shining City Upon a Hill