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    http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0208/guevara.html Otto Guevara: Secrets of Success for Libertarians The great strides toward freedom that Costa Rica has taken over
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      Otto Guevara: Secrets of Success for Libertarians

      The great strides toward freedom that Costa Rica has taken over the
      past four years offers valuable lessons to American Libertarians,
      Costa Rica politician Otto Guevara told delegates at the Libertarian
      Party national convention on July 4.

      "Just like in the United States, Costa Rica politics has been
      dominated by two political parties that have been stealing our
      freedoms year after year," he said. "But we are determined that Costa
      Rica will be a libertarian nation in our lifetime."

      Guevara, who ran for president on the Movimiento Libertario ticket in
      Costa Rica in 2002, delivered the special July 4th address to
      hundreds of delegates on the opening day of the LP national
      convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

      His speech followed remarks from LP Executive Director Steve Dasbach,
      Indiana LP State Chair Mark Rutherford, and Greenfield (IN) City
      Councilman Phil Miller, welcoming Libertarians from around the USA.

      The convention, which is taking place in the Marriott Downtown Hotel
      and the Indiana Convention Center, features platform debate, the
      election of a new national chair and members of the Libertarian
      National Committee, seminars, workshops, and entertainment events.

      To kick off the four-day event, Guevara provided a foreign
      perspective to the challenges faced by American Libertarians in a
      speech entitled "From Libertarianism to Socialism."

      To achieve success, said Guevara, Libertarians require a political
      system that is open to alternative parties, a team of dedicated
      activists to help spread the message, and the ability to persuasively
      explain Libertarianism to voters.

      His remarks had added credibility because of the political success
      enjoyed by the Movimiento Libertario (Libertarian Movement). In the
      February 2002 elections, the party won six seats in the 57-member
      national legislature, up from the one seat it held previously.

      It was his "uncompromising, brave" vision of liberty as the lone
      Libertarian in the Costa Rican Congress from 1998-2002 that set the
      stage for Movimiento Libertario's recent electoral victories, said
      Guevara.

      "To win the intellectual argument, Libertarians must loudly expose
      socialism, and the war, injustice, and poverty it brings about," he
      said.

      Such a passionate presentation attracted the attention of many
      journalists, and helped popularize the Libertarian label in his
      country, said Guevara.

      "Since 1998, we have averaged four citations in the Costa Rican media
      per day," he noted.

      As a Congressman, Guevara said he introduced bills to break up
      government monopolies, eliminate taxes, deregulate industries, and
      restore personal freedoms.

      "People like a lean David who stands up to a bloated Goliath," he
      said.

      However, Guevara said his party would not have been able to get its
      foot in the door if not for the country's proportional representation
      system.

      "Without [proportional representation], we would never have been able
      to break into the system," he said. "I fully support efforts to
      change the winner-take-all system in the United States, and open it
      up to so-called third parties."

      Finally, Guevara urged all Libertarians to get actively involved in
      the political process. "We can change minds and bring people to our
      side," he said. "If we want liberty in our lifetimes, each of us must
      be a champion of liberty."

      During his four-year tenure in office, Guevara was named the
      country's "best congressman" in three national surveys of
      journalists, and in six polls of Costa Rican voters.
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