As a result, Costa Rica withdrew from CACM negotiations.
 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.
 Your book points out that this program’s similarity to the ideals of the Alliance For Progress was remarkable.
 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.
 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.
 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)