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Ultimately it is important to remember that with the properly enforced “rules of the game” (i.e. laws and regulations) economic exchange is a positive-sum, win-win game. It is only when the big, powerful elites write the rules of the game that it degenerates into a zero-sum, win-lose game.

Weaver points out that the middle-class has a very important role to play in this process of change in Central America. He states that their urban location, communication and organizational skills, experience and contacts give them special advantage in political campaigns. They are able to exert an influence disproportionate to their numbers and economic status.

We have witnessed a growing middle class in each Central American nation over the past 10 years, and as their ranks grow, so will their ability to initiate constructive institutional reform.

Still, we must recognize the fact that the greater the inequality when democracy truly begins, the more dangerous the passage to a genuinely democratic, egalitarian society.

History is a weighty burden yet there are Latin American examples of nations that have moved considerably toward more democratic, open, egalitarian systems: Costa Rica and Chile.

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