Paul recently spoke at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin where he had a chance to speak with the editor of Germany’s Development and Cooperation Journal editor Hans Dembowski. You can read the full interview here.
HD: Isn’t the idea of starting a new city and deliberately defining new rules undemocratic and authoritarian?
PR: Rules may be legitimate to people because they voted for officials who made the rules. The same rules may be legitimate to others because they opted to move to a place where they apply. Many migrants respect the rules in destination countries. Nobody should be forced to come to what I’ve called a charter city, but more poor people should have the choice of moving somewhere with more opportunities. Charter cities would eventually develop systems of full democratic participation. Right now, the world needs more healthy new cities to accept the millions who want a change.