Let them eat cake

I was reading my paper this morning, and a story from Honduras caught my eye because my sister-in-law is there right now for a meeting. The headline is Human-rights lawyer is killed.

It said that he “helped prepare motions to oppose a proposal to build three privately-run cities“.

Three privately-run cities? I hope you recoil as I did. Has anyone ever seen such a reference outside of apocalyptic sci-fi novels?

6 responses to “Let them eat cake

  1. No; given the Honduran economy and history’s proof that such cities thrive, I don’t recoil one bit.

    Please remember that both Hong Kong and Singapore are such “privately-run cities” and have long been models for success.

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    • SINGAPORE: The Government of Singapore is defined by the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore to mean the Executive branch of government, which is made up of the President and the Cabinet of Singapore. Although the President acts in his personal discretion in the exercise of certain functions as a check on the Cabinet and Parliament of Singapore, his role is largely ceremonial. It is the Cabinet, composed of the Prime Minister and other Ministers appointed on his advice by the President, that generally directs and controls the Government. The Cabinet is formed by the political party that gains a simple majority in each general election.

      A statutory board is an autonomous agency of the Government that is established by an Act of Parliament and overseen by a government ministry. Unlike ministries and government departments that are subdivisions of ministries, statutory boards are not staffed by civil servants and have greater independence and flexibility in their operations.

      HONG KONG: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, commonly the Hong Kong Government, is led by the Chief Executive as Head of the Government, who is also the head of the Hong Kong SAR. The affairs of the Government are decided by secretaries, who are appointed by the Chief Executive and endorsed by the Central People’s Government in Beijing. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy. The Hong Kong Government, financially independent from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, oversees the affairs of Hong Kong.
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      (Wikipedia)

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  2. Moe, that may be the current state on paper but both were developed as “privately-run” states within states and ran that way successfully for a long time.

    It’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

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    • But they stopped didn’t they and went to public government. For a reason I assume, even before the PRC took Hong Kong back. The bad thing, jonolan, is the trend, if one develops – that leads to bad things, mostly for the people who aren’t ‘admitted’ to private cities.

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      • So far, insofar as I know, the only city with strict admission restriction is a very “public” city – Brasília, the capital of Brazil which was purpose-built and doesn’t allow normal residents even though it employs many normal people.

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        • It’s the seat of government, built for that purpose I beleive, right? As such it’s the wrong example.

          Just watched a lengthy story on Brazil on BBC News – they can’t keep up with their growth. Hugely successful right now. And finally they’re getting agressive about their illiteracy rate, putting huge resources to educate people and get them out of poverty. Glad to see someone having a good day!

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