COSTA RICA LIBERTARIANS CONTROL MANY OF COUNTRY'S PROVINCES
June 30th 2005
St Petersburg FL--The growing Costa
Rican Libertarian movement, which controls some 10% of the country's
Congress, has announced it is the main party in 13 of the country's
The Movement also is doing well in Presidential polls, with 10% of
the prospective vote. While the Presidential vote is considered a
foregone conclusion with the personally popular former President
Arias, the fact that they are doing this well is a platform for
continued influence, say observers.
The Movement's new
features detailed expositions on Libertarian philosophy, legislative
proposals, and promotional items, and features a new motto,
"Forward. Don't go backwards even to move forward!"
The Movement is emerging from a period of spirited discussion where several
members resigned, including it's co-founder, who was originally chair of the
Libertarian Party of Florida. Members expressed concern over incautiously
accepting government campaign financing--derided by Libertarians in the US
but more acceptable culturally in Latin America-- and running candidates not
in agreement with the entire platform as long as they pledged to implement
The US national party has rejected government campaign financing as morally
questionable, but state parties may use it depending on the nature of the
program. Libertarians say for them the issue is whether it is substantially
voluntarily financed. However, no US Party uses government campaign
financing according to Julie Chorgo, who tracks Libertarian activity for the
Libertarian International Organization in St Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida.
"In general, people found the government programs created more problems than
they solved and attracted the wrong money-hungry element, like many other
government programs that promise voluntary benefits but turn out to be
taking something from somebody," she said. "People simply had to learn from
experience. US Libertarian parties have run partial Libertarians without
problems, but some have had real headaches. Usually, what's needed is to
better train candidates in Libertarianism. In Florida they have an extensive
training program that gets people on the same level of understanding. The
national USA LP has begun a web-training program. The Movimiento has been
very concerned about education on Libertarianism."
OTHER LIBERTARIAN EFFORTS
In addition, a Libertarian Institute ( http://www.institutolibertario.org )
is active in Costa Rica brining speakers to schools and colleges, and
studying various initiatives.
Another Libertarian think tank, INLAP, has attracted international attention
with its policy proposals and analyses of how tax levels and antiquated
regulations harm the poor.
Among reasons attributed to the Libertarian movement's growth there are
careful training, and highly active local groups. Libertarians in Costa Rica
say they are working to spread the movement across other Central American
The Movimiento has attracted enormous support among the poor, labor,
minorities, unhappy government officials, and small businesspeople.
Libertarians offer an array of less- to no- government alternatives as a
means of better protecting human rights, they say, and are active in over
By M. Davis
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