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[2] As a result, Costa Rica withdrew from CACM negotiations.

[3] By the 60s the PLN (Partido Liberal Nacional) had developed its “general program”: a middle ground set of policies that embraced both an antioligarchical reformism and a strong anticommunism.

[4] Your book points out that this program’s similarity to the ideals of the Alliance For Progress was remarkable.

[5] Note that at this time both taxes and wages had become higher in Costa Rica than elsewhere in Central America… continues to be true today.

[6] Also note that Costa Rica’s income distribution was not very different than other Central American countries => the state worked hard to support accumulation by the propertied classes and had opted for social ameliorative measures over repression to maintain social stability.

[7] Finally, US foreign aid to Costa Rica was second only to Israel on a per capita basis (yet Costa Rica was not a US stooge)

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