Costa Rica: What Army?

““Democracy and freedom only exist when the armed forces want them to,” he [Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil] said in a speech in March at a military ceremony. This will be news to Costa Rica. Its decision to abolish its army in 1948 is widely regarded as having helped it stay free.” (The Economist, 2019,… Read More


Jealousies of a Standing Army…

“The jealousies of a standing army, and the evils to be approached from one are remote, and in my judgement, situated and circumstanced as we are, not at all to be dreaded.” George Washington (1732 to 1799) General George Washington, also called Father of His Country, was an American general and commander in chief of… Read More