The Tabula Rasa – A Clean Slate – Big data, private universities, global business and finance, billionaires, think tanks and governments complicit with them have created an anarcho-capitalist juggernaut that may be too late to stop.
We explain how what we are calling the Tabula Rasa has evolved, who is driving the new World Operating System and Enterprise Cities, and the important role that Brexit plays in enabling a global economic reset.
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.
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.
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.”
This is a must watch video from Monaco resident, lawyer, and mining and resources magnateTitus 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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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-Eastfinanciers – 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.
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 PresidentPorfirio 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.
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
… if some of the wealthiest people on the planet, such as PeterThiel 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
CAMP Founding Members
Official establishment of ZEDE with Committee for the Adoption of Best Practices (CAMP) members directly appointed by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa ‘Pepe Lobo’:
…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).
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 fromCase 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Austrian former Far-Right FPÖ candidate, and increasingly influential Dr Barbara Kolm of the Hayek Institute and Austrian Economics Centre is a woman of ambition. Dr Kolm (also known as Dr Kolm-Lamprechter unusually using the surname of her current and previous husbands) has been on a one-woman crusade for over 20 years to convince the world that the Austrian Libertarian school of thought was the only way to safeguard the future of global economics and government policy.
In 2003, Dr Kolm, one of the most outspoken critics of the European Union, launched the European Resource Bank (ERB) with influential Liechtenstein Academy Professor and Mont Pelerin Society member Hardy Bouillon and others. The ERB is not a bank per se, but a collective of powerful Think Tanks and lobbyists.
In 2006, concerns were being already raised about global economic growth, debt levels and sustainability. Russia’s rapid political shifts since the 1990s were also introducing new challenges to existing status quo as the wealth of billionaire Oligarchs gained them more leverage over policy.
Dr Andrei Illarionov resigned in 2005 from his position as chief economic advisor to Vladimir Putin where he had served from 2000-2005, and in 2006 joined the US CATO Institute. He voiced concerns that restrictions being placed on Libertarian Think Tanks influence in Russia, preventing Free Market Trade to grow and generating distortions in the global economy.
The speakers for this new conference were: Benjamin Netanyahu – Israeli Prime Minister (1996-1999, 2009-present) Dr Barbara Kolm – Founding Director of the Austrian Economic Centre (AEC) and vice-president of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) (since 2018) Dr Andrei Illarionov – CATO Institute Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Liberty and Prosperity (2006-present) Boyden C. Gray – US Ambassador to the EU Ivan Miklos – Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister of Slovakia
The next day on July 2nd 2006, attendees of that ERB meeting and press conference decided to produce this Statement of Concern for Freedom in Russia which was issued on july 2nd 2006, signed by 111 Libertarians, most of whom were hugely influntial and included:
Matthew Elliott – Chief Executive Officer of Brexit Vote LEAVE, World Taxpayers Association (WTA), UK Taxpayers Alliance (TPA), Legatum Grover Norquist – American Taxpayers Alliance (ATA) Hardy Bouillon – Mont Pelerin Society Enrique Ghersi – Vice President Mont Pelerin Society, CATO Institute, Independent Institute UK’s Adam Smith Institute have a global reach.
And the following day on July 3rd 2006, Dr Kolm would be a key speaker at London’s notorious Institute of Economic Affairs (who were to become instrumental in making Britain’s Brexit happen) at 55 Tufton Street, with one of the most powerful men on earth that very few people have heard of – Alejandro Chafuen. Argentian born Mr Chafuen was the Atlas Network’s President and CEO from 1991 to 2018.
To put this into context, the VItezi medal was created by self confessed anti-semite Hungarian ruler Miklos Horthy, who had served in the Austro-Hungarian Navy under Habsburg rule during World War 1. Horthy made an alliance with Hitler during World War 2 which resulted in 424,000 Hungarian Jews being deported to Auschwitz in just eight weeks in 1944. In total approximately 565,000 Hungarian jews were murdered https://www.yadvashem.org/holocaust/about/fate-of-jews/hungary.html
Questions must be therefore asked about the relationship between far right Libertarian think tanks, the politicians they work with, and the projects they are involved with – often out of the public eye.
“Mr Campbell, Mr Campbell,’ – usually it’s ‘Alastair’, so the more formal approach felt different, and as I couldn’t work out where the voice was coming from, I walked on. Then ‘Mr Campbell, Mr Campbell’ became louder, more intense. And then he was there, mid-heatwave a little out of breath.”
On July 24th 2018, former comms and strategy director for the UK Labour party under Prime Minister Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, had a strange encounter with someone who claimed to know the real reason behind Brexit.
Campbell later wrote in his blog and the UK’s New European Newspaper:
The most important book you have never heard of, may explain Rees-Mogg’s love of hard Brexit
“My instincts, well-honed after years of meeting strangers in public places who ‘want a word,’ said he was friend, not foe. I was right. He apologised for shouting, apologised for stopping me, said ‘thanks for everything you’re doing on Brexit,’ introduced me to his wife who was also anti-Brexit.
But then things went beyond the usual mutual Remoanering. He had a specific ask. He dipped into his backpack. ‘If I give you this book, do you promise me you will read it?’ he asked. ‘I promise you won’t regret it. More importantly, if you don’t read this book, you won’t fully understand why Brexit is happening.’ The intensity of the eye contact tipped him from being a random bloke on Platform 4, into a man who was meant to be there, carrying an important message. So I took the book. ‘You must read it,’ he said. ‘Even the first chapter. You will see straight away why it matters.”
The book given to Alastair was “The Sovereign Individual” by William Rees-Mogg and James Dale Davidson, published in 1997. Rees-Mogg & Davidson’s dystopian vision, along with the condensed edition of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom’ (PDF download), published in 1945 would become pivotal chapters of the ‘bible’ of authoritarian-right.
The doctrines in these books, powerful libertarians all over the world including the controversial Peter Thiel (see below), could introduce, implement and expand the radical concept of Enterprise Cities in various formats known as SEZ’s, Charter Cities, Freeports and ZEDE’s.
This , together with totally redesigning global economic and data systems, would create a tectonic shift in how governments, global trade and indeed how the whole world currently function
The 4th Industrial Revolution has already begun.
Peter Thiel – founder of Paypal and Palantir and an early investor in Facebook, discussing the Sovereign Individual in relation to Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom:
“The Sovereign Individual (Touchstone, 1997), by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg, is an unusual book that I read at a singular moment, just before starting PayPal. A lot of thinking about technology oscillates between two extremes: It’s either a big historical force acting over the long term or it’s a matter of short-term trends to bet on. The Sovereign Individual is different because it takes foresight seriously: If you think hard, you can understand and make plans for a future lasting 10, 20 years or more–and that’s how you have to think to be successful.”
There are two British torch-bearers for Baron William Rees-Mogg’s libertarian revolution. One is William’s son, the right-wing authoritarian, elitist, millionaire hedge fund manager, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
The other is Anglo-American Trade Lawyer and economist Shanker Singham, who along with right-wing libertarian extremists including the guileful Matthew Elliott, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker MP and Peruvian born Daniel J. Hannan, is now very much controlling Britain’s Brexit and a staggering amount more.
Singham is the founder of the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition (1997), the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project (“CECP”) (2013), and the lead author of the SRB economic model to measure Anti-Competitive Market Distortions. He has worked on a number of trade negotiations including the Free Trade Area of the Americas, US-Colombia, US-Peru, US-Panama, TTIP, and TPP. Source: The International Summit on Borders September.
The Sovereign Individual gives a worrying insight into Jacob Rees-Mogg’s enthusiasm for Brexit. This blind faith in disrupting democracy and demolishing regulations is shared by many people of influence across the world, including libertarian former Australian Prime Minister now working for Daniel Hannan’s IFT, Tony Abbott, who are helping make this book’s highly disturbing themes become reality.
Perhaps in the tweet below, Mr Rees-Mogg should have said: “Enterprise Cities shall with commerce shine”.
Mr Rees-Mogg, was clearly echoing the words of former US President Ronald Reagan.”Shining cities” have been a long-term theme with libertarians.
The Babson Simulator – A World Operating System
Our research into what is happening behind all the seemingly endless global political chaos led us to US Babson College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
To realise this project, Shanker Singham has created what he calls the “World Operating System”.
Political priority, economic gamble – Lotta Moberg of George Mason University explains:
The idea is to create enclaves that write their own rules in all business matters, from labour regulation to anti-corruption codes—“to look at laws as services that companies demand”, says Lotta Moberg of George Mason University. Such ventures will provide competition more effectively than zones focused on fiscal incentives, says Shanker Singham, founder of Enterprise Cities.
Mr Singham is in talks to develop sites in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Morocco, Bosnia, India and Oman. But these are mostly at an early stage. The most advanced charter-city project, backed by a group of American libertarians, is in Honduras. But it has yet to start and is already controversial: many Hondurans worry that it will operate as a state within a state, milked by business interests. In most countries, such parastatal ventures are likely to encounter political difficulties.
Babson Global’s plan is extraordinary, and it is real and it is happening right now. It will profoundly affect the existence of every one of us on the planet, and it will soon increase at a pace which will make it virtually impossible to properly scrutinise or to stop.
Using gargantuan amounts of data, a syndicate of wealthy and powerful libertarians partnered with Babson Global Inc, to create an economic simulator the likes of which the world has never seen before. This simulator has been designed, among other things, to model the impact of removing or modifying laws and regulations to gain massive investment and commercial growth. It will soon be tested in an unprecedented real world experiment without the informed consent of tens of thousands of people whose lives will be turned upside down.
Babson Global Inc’s Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project (CECP), headed by Shanker Singham, has created an end-to-end package of products that take an Enterprise City from concept and feasibility through to regulatory framework creation (starting with a blank slate), asset management and city operations. The Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project team calls it a World Operating System.
This world changing project is publicly available but Singham and Babson Global Inc have for some reason not yet decided to invite the full awareness and participation of all stakeholders. Could it be that they wish to avoid scrutiny? And who in various Governments is collaborating with them?
The diagram below clearly shows the major backing that the Enterprise Cities project has from some unexpected sources including the World Bank, MIT, Harvard University, CISCO, IBM, AECOM, the European Union, the United States Government, OPIC….and many more.
From an economic viewpoint, the key roles for each Enterprise City appear to be split as follows:
Shanker Singham – Macroeconomics, investment and capital community relations, and regulatory/constitutional/data negotiations with host governments
Erick Brimen – Enterprise City development and operations
Dr Barbara Kolm – Enterprise City governance
Babson Global Inc is aggressively marketing to Governments all over the world, offering three levels of Enterprise City design (see slide presentation below):
eCity-1 – reforms are made within the existing regulatory framework to increase ease of doing business within the City zone.
eCity-2 – is a City that has a degree of regulatory/legal autonomy and can attract some types of foreign investment.
eCity-3 – is effectively a free market micro-nation with near full autonomy from the host nation.
The staggering projected economic growth rates for eCity-3 type developments, where the administration are free to create their own regulatory framework without needing the authorisation of anyone other than the host Government, may come at an extraordinarily high human and environmental cost.
Those of you already familiar with multi-billionaire head of Koch Industries, Charles Koch, may be interested to know he gained his Doctorate of Law from Babson College and also holds bachelor degrees in General Engineering and a masters degree in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT, Babson College and the Koch funded Heritage Foundation all have seats on the Academic Advisory Board of CECP.
Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire by Rolling Stone magazine details the need for concern, especially since people connected with Koch affiliated think tanks and other key libertarians are operating at every level of Enterprise City projects across the globe.
It should be noted that the world’s first Babson eCity-3 project on the island of Roatan in the Caribbean Sea off Honduras is home to the 2nd largest barrier reef on the planet after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
For 50 years, Mr. Koch has supported academic and public policy research, with a special focus on developing voluntary, market-based solutions to social problems. This interest led Mr. Koch to found or help build a number of organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Bill of Rights Institute.
The challenges of implementing the Enterprise City plan is detailed in a CATO Institute article, The Future is Already Here, which outlines the issues associated with ‘land grabbing’, human rights and ecological protections, especially in democratic countries. As you will read in Case 3 – The Three Displacements of the Garifuna – Slavery, Exile and Neocolonialsm the first eCity-3 Enterprise City, a flag-ship development, has already resulted in assassinations, disappearances and intimidation of protestors who have had their land effectively expropriated for the ZEDE projects.
The irony of the focus on property rights within Enterprise Cities is not lost on the local inhabitants, who have next to no faith in the system of organic law being proposed by the CECP team. In Case 2 – The Private Governments of Dr Barbara Kolm, Shanker Singham & Erick Brimen, the highly questionable governance structures of the Honduras ZEDE’s are exposed. Democracy within the ZEDE has been thrown out the window for the duration of the initial 50-year lease, signed by Honduran Ministers with extremely close links to the narcotics trade.
The altruistic propaganda on Enterprise Cities is that they create employment and lift struggling populations out of poverty. However, in the early days of the Enterprise Cities project in 2013, Shanker Singham’s emphasis was firmly on changing the economic environment, “we want a regulatory system that maximises economic freedom and optimises wealth creation”.
The following must watch video is long but extremely important to watch from start to finish. It lays out out a dystopian future under libertarian free-market economy where democracy is gradually sidelined. Shanker Singham describes how Babson Global Inc is already conducting live socio-economic experiments on populations using its simulation tools, and Eric Brimen discusses the investment opportunity and pseudo-legal framework within Charter Cities. The panel discussion towards the end is extremely revealing.
Please watch all of this crucial video, which explains Enterprise Cities (which includes Freeports), Babsons World Operating System and big data economic simulator.
As you read further, you will see that what the project members call ‘organic law’ is in effect a path to serfdom for all but the richest people who will flock to these low-transparency, low-regulation and low-tax zones. The ultimate plan is for a global network of ‘Enterprise Cities’ (or states) to compete against each other, forcing standards and protections ever lower in a race to the bottom in the name of wealth creation.
Shanker Singham and Eric Brimen, FreedomFest 2015
In this recorded interview from FreedomFest 2015 (which again needs to be listened to from start to finish) Shanker Singham, representing Babson Global Inc, and Erick Brimen of NeWay Capital (pronounced New Way), explain the libertarian free market vision and investment model which is now being implemented in the highly controversial first Enterprise City in Roatán, Honduras. Click on image to listen:
At this stage it is worth mentioning that Mark Skousen, the founder and organiser of the annual FreedomFest in Las Vegas, is a former CIA economist and an extremely influential libertarian. Skousen plays a key role as our story unfolds, along with a number of other very powerful people closely linked to Ronald Reagan, including the former US President’s influential son, Mark
Bearing in mind the size and scope of what is happening, it is extraordinary that Shanker Singham, formerly of the UK’s offshore-sponsored Legatum Institute, and now back at the libertarian Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Tufton Street in London, has such influence over both British and American politics, economics and law. Singham is deeply embedded in USA foreign policy and Babson Global Inc’s network of world finance giants. In addition, he is on many of the boards of development partners and commercial Universities providing theoretical and practical components for the vast project.
On the advisory Board of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office providing a global forum for strategic discussion.
and is a Bretton Woods Committee member. The Bretton Woods system of monetary management established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the United States, Canada, Western European countries, Australia, and Japan after the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement
What is perhaps even more extraordinary is that fact that no one in Britain, or indeed the rest of the world outside of Singham’s fellow libertarian extremists (which includes the current Vice President of the Austrian National Bank, Dr Barbara Kolm), seem to be aware of the monumental socio-economic changes that are being implemented right under their noses.
Those seeking to understand why the British legal system is being torn apart will now hopefully understand why, and also that is it just the first stage of disrupting democracy, trade and law worldwide.
Many that have followed the UK’s chaotic Brexit saga, will be interested to see the money and resources being invested in re-engineering the global economic model to deliver Shanker’s vision of a new World Operating System. This is Shanker’s New Way.
The Brexit Connection – the UK Tabula Rasa
Brexit Britain’s freeport utopia isn’t about free trade, or ports
“The document refers to creating a ‘regulatory sandbox’,” (Peter) Holmes says. “Are they going to completely relax planning regulations? They say that they’re not going to undercut labor protection – but if you really wanted to get a big benefit from this, you would abolish the minimum wage in the freeports; you’d just massively deregulate health and safety. You’d try all of that.”
On the 8th of September 2020, the UK Government made a shocking announcement that in order to deliver their Brexit vision, they would be willing to break the Good Friday Agreement (GFA)., which successfully brought peace to Norhern Ireland after decades of violent conflict. The UK’s top legal civil servant, Jonathan Jones, resigned in protest against this decision, and previous UK Attorney General, Dominic Grieve voiced his outrage and dismay.
This statement above by former UK Attorney General is particularly noteworthy as current UK Attorney General, Suella Braverman, works for Shanker Singham as a contributor to the Brexit supporting organisation Global Vision, which is directly connected to many of the complex and shady right-wing think tanks in London’s Tufton Street, and many of the more controversial ultra-right-wing lobbyists and climate change deniers in British politics.
In 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC, Shanker Singham (representing the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit) shared a platform with UK MP’s David Davis and Global Vision UK’s Owen Paterson to discuss ‘What Might Brexit Look Like’ and opportunities for market deregulation. Davis stated, ‘in the battle for the heart of the world’s operating system – the global regulatory system if you will, the UK has become the centre of the battlefield….‘. Compared to Babson Global Inc’s Enterprise Cities, the rhetoric for the post-Brexit UK is almost identical to the Babson ‘World Operating System’ pitch, strongly suggesting they are working from the same strategy.
The UK’s Brexit is very much integral to the Babson plan.
What Might BrexitLook Like?
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC, 2018.
The first implementation of a Babson Global Inc’s Enterprise City recently commenced with the Honduras ZEDE Experiment. Hundreds of Enterprise Cities (called a range of names – ZEDE’s SEZ’s, Smart Cities, Charter Cities etc) are already in advanced planning stages right across the globe including six more ZEDEs planned in Honduras and other countries including El Salvador, Panama, Brazil, Ireland, Morocco, Saudi Arabia….and also in wealthy Australia where the concept of using these special economic zones to lift the population out of poverty should be viewed with skepticism.
Like the Royal Chartered Companies and Proprietary Charter Colonies in times of Empire, Enterprise Cities are really Chartered States that are designed to be replicated on a global scale. Recently the Centre for Policy Studies’ CapX posted a very favourable article on Charter Cities, Let’s build Hong Kong 2.0 here in the UK, with benefits and locations sounding very like the Freeports being pitched by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Also worthy of note is the fact that two prominent Australian barristers have joined the ‘independent’ Próspera Arbitration Center (PAC) in Honduras – the arbitration-based legal framework that will operate in the ZEDE micro-nations. Martin Klapper, former President of Australia’s Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA), chair of the Queensland Law Society Mining and Resources Committee, and a member for the Queensland advisory board for AMEC (Association for Mining Exploration Companies) is also an ambassador for ZEDE investor Titus Gebel’s Free Market Cities.
Brexit and ZEDE’s
You are no doubt wondering how Britain’s Brexit could possibly be linked to the ZEDE Honduras project and the crucial US/UK Trade negotiations. As you read on, please bear in mind that Freeports are potentially stepping stones to ZEDE’s, which would require large areas of unoccupied land and border control zones like those currently being planned in the British county of Kent.
Shanker Singham’sSUBMISSION TO FREEPORT CONSULTATION was submitted in May 2020, and should leave readers in no doubt that this is a Babson Global Inc Enterprise City initiative – take close note of the names and organisations of collaborators. Every company and interested person needs to read this entire report.
In regard to the Irish border, the ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE IRISH BORDER REPORT & PROTOCOLS, 18th July 2019, shows that Babson Global Inc and Shanker Singham are orchestrating events. The full PDF can be viewed here, however the appendices make for interesting reading. Babson Global Inc is represented by Dr Srinivasa Rangan (on the Academic Advisory Board of Singham’s Enterprise Cities project (see last slide of presentation) and r. Robert MacLean leads International Trade team in Europe for Squires Patton Boggs. Shanker Singham worked for Squire Patton Boggs (1995-2013) as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington.
Up to ten Freeports are being planned for the UK under the leadership of Shanker Singham/Babson Global Inc and global think tanks. In particular, the libertarians and lobbyists at 55 Tufton Street are critical in forming and communicating the perceived benefits of a free market USA-UK Trade Agreement.
The CATO Institute, co-founded by Charles Koch, has produced a report, as illustrated by the CATO Institute’s report, ‘The Ideal US-UK Free Trade Agreement‘. The authors include Daniel J. Hannan, who together with Matthew Elliott and Douglas Carswell was instrumental as far back as 2012 in instigating Brexit. Hannan is a leading light in Charles Koch’s Atlas Network, and also is :
director of the Initiative for Free Trade
founded the organisation that became Brexit’s Vote Leave
wrote the book ‘Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World’ – a sign of his questionable obsession with the colonialist British Empire.
a former president of the Oxford University Conservative Association
wrote ‘The New Road to Serfdom’
In World War II, American soldiers went overseas to rescue England from the Nazi menace. Now, with America threatened from within by the specter of social democracy, British politician Daniel Hannan returns the favor. The New Road to Serfdom is a must-read rallying cry for Tea Party activists, fans of Mark Levin’s Tyranny and Liberty, and anyone who has seen Hannan’s hard-hitting interviews with Hannity & Colmes, Neil Cavuto, and Glenn Beck. A former president of the Oxford Conservative Association, and a member of the EU Parliament, Hannan has the insight and experience to help America recapture its distinctive ideals and avoid turning into a socialist state.
From what we have described above, we think you will agree that Shanker Singham’s ‘Babson World Operating System’ is something the public all over the world should be made deeply aware of.
Oskar Morgenstern was appalled by book’s message, its narrow-minded boosters, and the Hayek juggernaut. One of the founders of game theory, Morgenstern responded allergically to the ideological message propounded during Hayek’s tour. Writing in his diary, he said, Hayek “was in the hands of an evil community… I simply cannot go along anymore. Neither his [ideas] nor his opponents’—none of them is science.” For Morgenstern, Road was not economics; it was polemics. All the worse for those working in the Austrian tradition.
The economics and philosophy of Hayek ‘s works in particular seem to resonate among the ranks of libertarians and the authoritarian-right, along with the works of other controversial economists and philosophers such as Ludwig von Mises, Karl Popper, and Americans Milton Friedman & Ayn Rand (born in Russia). These Free Market thinkers extol their perceptions of the virtues of personal freedom & liberty, often in contradiction with themselves as they vocalise support of authoritarianism as a means to enforce these freedoms. An article in theJacobin Magazine: Capitalist Freedom Is a Farce, discusses issues at hand:
Capitalist Freedom Is a Farce
But any realistic review of the market economy reveals a different picture: capitalism limits both positive and negative freedom. It fosters a huge buildup of private power by concentrating individual wealth and entrenching corporate control over markets (along with mercilessly destroying environmental systems and thus the freedom of future generations). Capitalism not only fails to provide a “positive freedom” to a fair share of the economy — it fails to preserve “negative freedom” from the power plays of the 1 percent’s corporate property.
The terms liberal and libertarian, which are confusingly similar, are not interchangeable and in fact, are diametrically opposed. It is also apparent that translation of these terms from the native Austrian-German into other languages may not clearly distinguish between the two, which may partly explain the libertarian dichotomy.
It is not widely understood that the UK’s Brexit has been the goal of ideological libertarian economists, right-wing politicians, think-tanks and ruthless anarcho-capitalists for several decades. The Charles Koch fundedAtlas Network has 447 libertarian partner think-tanks across the globe, with a mission to spread the ideology of Austrian School of Economics until it becomes the accepted economic doctrine of the age, much like their other creations – Reaganomics and Thatcherism. This ‘New Way’ of implementing Austrian-school based economics has a more religious application of the theory than Reaganomics or Thatcherism, and embraces creative destruction or ‘Schumpeter’s gale’ as a vehicle for large scale transformation of our economies and societies.
The contrast between the ideology of the Austrian School of Economics and that of modern progressive center-left governments such as Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand, who are working towards a well-being focused model for society where GDP is only one measure of success, could not be starker. Read how New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government is already successfully implementing these changes New Zealand Ditches GDP For Happiness And Wellbeing. Austrian economist F.A. Hayek himself admits in the interview above, altruism has no place in Libertarian society.
Like Reagan and Thatcher, F.A Hayek’s shocking support of of the brutal Chilean Dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is detailed in this translated text from Markus Marterbauer, Austria’s highly respected Vice-President of the Fiscal Council, Head of Economics & Statistics at the Vienna Chamber of Labor and university lecturer, who wrote in 2014:
F.A. Hayek and the Alchemy of Transitional Dictatorship in Chile
“Hayek made his support for the Pinochet regime public in four letters to the editor to the British newspaper The Times . There he wrote: “I have not been able to find a single person even in much maligned Chile who did not agree that personal freedom was much greater under Pinochet than under Allende.”
During his trip to Santiago, Hayek met the dictator Augusto Pinochet, whom he called “Honorable general” and several members of the government whom he characterized as “educated, reasonable and insightful men” and whom he trusted to use the dictatorship in a necessary transition period for the realization of freedom.
In an interview with pro-Pinochet journalist Renee Sallas in the Chilean newspaper Mercurio in 1981, Hayek again gave this position a concrete expression, referring to the Pinochet dictatorship he said, “I prefer a liberal dictator to democratic government lacking liberalism”. Hayek was verifiably informed about the massive human rights violations of the Chilean military junta as early as 1977 as Hayekhad extensive documentation provided by Amnesty International about the killings, disappearances, torture, detention, secret police actions and restrictions on workers’ rights.
In Hayek’s view, the freedom of the individual can only be achieved through a form of limited democracy, in which an essential framework of conditions such as private property, contractual loyalty or the value of the family should be prescribed by the constitution and not be democratically changeable. This explains in part Hayek’s support for the fascist military coup in Chile which was based on his political theories, outlined in his book Constitution of Liberty (1960). This perverted perception of freedom and democracy is pervasive, and possibly one of the most dangerous components feeding the global Libertarian psyche.
Freedom in the libertarian world it seems, comes at a high social, environmental and ethical price.
The indigenous people of Roatan are rightly outraged. The following documentary by respected film-maker and journalist, Gerry Hadden, investigated the situation in Honduras in 2015 when the eviction process had begun to prepare for the Libertarian syndicate’s takeover.
Click here for links to read about human rights in Honduras and the struggle of the Garifuna
…you live in the most dangerous country in the world that is not in a war zone. You fear your government, and the ZEDE syndicate taking over your homeland as much as you fear the narcotics gangs.
…your homeland will be used as a living laboratory for a global economic experiment where laws and regulations are effectively abandoned in order to provide unprecedent return on investment for foreign interests, led by the self-styled ‘King of Roatan’, uber-libertarian Titus Gebel.
…Instead of a democratically elected Government you now live under the rule of a technical secretary who is in effect a colonial private company governor.
…worse, you discover the ZEDE syndicate implementing this dystopian corpse of colonialism is being directed by Shanker Singham at Babson Global Inc. He is doing this with the full support of US Agencies, mega-rich global investors, members of European royalty, and members of a network of 450+ think tanks associated with the global libertarian Atlas Network (referred to in this piece: by Greenpeace as ‘The Kochtopus‘).
…if these libertarian neocolonial conquistadors sole aim is to eventually force all of you out of their stolen paradise, and eventually expand, swallow and exploit the most precious parts of your country and its resources.
…if unproven experimental right-wing think tank theory is implemented without consent or any trace of ethical, social or environmental safeguarding or public representation?
ZEDEs: Neocolonialism and land grabbing
This harrowing short film details the threats the Garifuna and local residents of Roatán face as they fight to retain their land and sovereignty:
Richard Rahn, ZEDE CAMP Committee Membermade the following statement:
“Is skin color a good predictor of income and other success among Americans? Take a look at the enclosed table, and you will notice that the highest per capita income among the large ethnic groups in the United States is from those of Asian Indian origin. Some Asian…”
Honduras is sadly no stranger to discrimination, corruption, murders and disappearances under successive narco-governments going back decades. But even Hondurans were shocked at the assassination on March 3rd 2016 of one of the most popular campaigners for the rights of the indigenous peoples – Berta Cáceres’s name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier.
Berta’s tragic murder is one of hundreds that occur every year which remain largely unreported in the West, as are targeted abductions like the the case of the five Garifuna land defenders below.
Roatan ZEDE, Honduras: The Conquest of Paradise
Columbus (representing the House of Habsburg and the Holy Roman Emperor) first made landfall in Central America in 1502. First arriving at the islands in the Bay of Fonseca, where Roatan is located 40 miles off the coast, and then moving to the mainland which he named ‘Honduras’. At 88km long, and just 7km wide, Roatan is currently an unspoilt treasure.
With a population of just 9 million, Honduras boasts the highest number of murders per capita for a country not at war. Not surprisingly, Honduras also has the highest number of private security staff, with estimates that private security outnumbers the police force by at least 10:1. Corruption, the narcotics trade and gang-warfare have brought the economy to its knees and wreak havoc on the daily existence of everyday Hondurans. Adding to the stress, a crippling two-thirds of the population live below the poverty line. Poverty and crime, coupled with low literacy rates, are defining factors in limiting economic growth.
Economics and security are no longer problems that the Honduran Government think they can resolve without international support and a clean-slate strategy. The strategy they have selected is to implement a series of ZEDEs with the hope that adjoining properties will over time become part of an expanding zone of peace, order and prosperity.
Welcome to Roatan ZEDE Special Jurisdiction, where for a small annual fee, and by signing a contract of co-existence (see below), the global rich can obtain residency and benefit from a deregulated, low-tax Libertarian lifestyle, with exotic dwellings designed by Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid, who describes architecture as a means of ‘social control’.
In this new ZEDE experiment the indigenous people on Roatan how have to re-apply and pay to live on the their own land. These applications have to be approved at the discretion of the ZEDE syndicate.
Under the current rules, a public referendum is required in areas of high-density population before a Charter can be approved for a new ZEDE. This rule does not apply to areas of low-density population like Roatan, which is often referred to as ‘unoccupied’ by parties involved in developing the ZEDE.
Despite having the second largest coral reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, tourism grows slowly on the island of Roatan. Abundant mangrove forests, which protect the coastline from storm surges, provide the perfect habitat for mosquitos (which carry Dengue fever and malaria) and a raft of other biting insects which may deter many visitors. Drug traffickers, such as the now incarcerated Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, regularly use these islands informal cargo ports and hideaways.
The position of the La Via Campesina in Honduras:
“the fire sale of our national sovereignty, with the creation of Economic Development Zones (ZEDE), has led to the large-scale displacement of rural families”
The podcast below between two of the most prominent libertarians is referring to the management of the Roatan ZEDE project, raises questions about the ethical standpoint of key influencers. Not least as Patri Friedman (grandson of economist Milton Friedman) is on the advisory board of ULEX who are creating the radically new legal framework. Patri, is also the founder of Pronomos Venture Capital, which boasts Peter Thiel (of Palantir/Facebook/PayPal) as an investor.
Funding a Charter City: A Venture Capital Perspective with Patri Friedman and Dr Mark Lutter
“Dr Mark Lutter: Sure. How do you think about early-stage valuation for charter city companies? Patri Friedman: I mean, we’re just making it up. Like most early-stage valuation? Dr Mark Lutter: We’re all taking cues from you. So, we hope you’re right.”
The following Twitter exchanges between the campaign organisation for the rights of the Garifuna (Ofraneh) and Patri and his Pronomos Capital company, raises further questions about Patri’s and Pronomos’ motives.
Honduras’ Garifuna Communities Resist Eviction & Theft Of Land
Along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are being forced from their land, as proposals for the creation of mega-tourism projects and corporate-run cities, commonly referred to as “model cities,” gain momentum internationally.
We have described above how the Garifuna are being treated, but to fully appreciate how bad this really is, we need to understand the historical context.
“Despite the French surrender, the Garifuna themselves did not surrender to the British. From July 1796 until March 11, 1797, the Garifuna were divided on the basis of skin color. Over 5000 of the Garifuna with darker skin were captured and exiled to the nearby island of Baliceaux. The British allowed their captives to perish due to malnutrition and disease. On March 11, 1797 the surviving Garifuna were sent by ship to the island of Roatán in Honduras. Over 2800 Garínagu had died under the British genocide on Baliceaux. Approximately 2200 started the voyage, an additional 200 perished en route on the 31 day voyage to Roatan.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garifuna
Having suffered at the hands of empire once, is it possible that the Garifuna have a binary option to be disenfranchised and pay each year for temporary residency in their own lands or choose self-exile by voting with their feet?
The voice of the Garifuna is barely being heard outside of their native land. The inhumanity and injustice they are being subjected by the Libertarian ZEDE Syndicate, under the direction the Vice President of the Austrian National Bank Dr Barbara Kolm, is not being adressed.
Until this changes the Syndicate will continue to exploit and oppress others, not just in Honduras, but also in Great Britain where the legal system, and citizens’ rights are now being torn apart , and also in all future ZEDE regions.
We at Baker Street Herald want to change this so that the International Community can support the Garifuna and all victims of the land grabbing libertarian syndicate.
You can help starting with sharing this website with as many people as possible, and by the raising concerns of the Garifuna and Ofraneh so that their human rights are fully recognised and protected.
Non compliance with ILO Convention 169, denying us our right as an English-speaking island people to prior, free and informed consultation, it is questionable, worrying and disappointing as well as our right to have an opinion about our future, is vetoed.
Within the ZEDE a Honduran has to pay $236 a year for residency. Each resident must purchase personal liability, medical insurance and pay 1% tax on a rapidly increasing land value. For the Garifuna, some of the most impoverished people in Central America who are mostly subsistence farmers or fishermen, the knowledge that a CATO Institute apparatchik has been appointed as the Eviction Arbiter for Próspera Arbitration Centergives no comfort. The scene is set for market forces to be used for the “Third Displacement of the Garifuna”.
For the latest updates on Twitter please follow @ofraneh
We need your help, signing and sharing this petition to achieve the repeal of the ZEDE Law, since we don’t aspire to become theoretical experiences of supposed libertarian investors. As a democratic established country we will continue to live in democracy as a form of government, where the best decisions will prevail. Especially in one of the areas of greatest national wealth such as the North Coast and therefore other areas of the country that are in the sights to become ZEDE or model cities.
Translation: @ofraneh Petition filed by Mesa for the Defense of the Territory of the Bay Islands No to the intervention of neo-reactionary libertarians and their neo-colonial attempts. NO! TO THE ZEDE-MODEL CITY IN THE BAHIA ISLANDS – Sign the petition!
The National Congress approved the ZEDE Law, Legislative Decree 236, 24th January 2013, taking refuge under this Organic law PROSPERA ZEDE (HONDURAS PROSPERA LLC, Roatan-Prospera). The application of this law in our island territory will have cultural, social, environmental, economical and political negative impacts. The figure of land expropriation explained in detail in articles 25, 26 and 28 under the supposed figure of public use and at fair value to expand the ZEDE territory, for it’s eventual delivery to foreign investors, is unacceptable. Becoming one of the most surrendering Decrees in the history of our country to foreign capital, violating our constitutional law (especially article 107), international agreements and others.
This is the land that was legally handed over to the Garifuna in 1864 by the British Empire.
This is the first part of a homeland that is being systematically stolen by libertarian neo-colonialists in order to launch an inhumane global experiment starting with a ‘clean slate’.
This has been enabled by the same right wing extremists that have also stolen the European citizenship of 72 million people through the illegality of Brexit.