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Hi Trevor...

I've been living in St. Lucia for 15 years. St. Lucia is more or less a twin to Dominica. Both are small island nations which changed hands multiple times between England and France before achieving independence, an independence which is really in name only, being that both countries are afraid to take on major and necessary changes in their self-interest for fear of how the US, England or France might react. An example would be their reluctance to legalize marijuana. I know about this because I am active with the Cannabis Movement of St. Lucia, so I am aware of the resistance we are up against and from where the resistance originates. Anyway, both St. Lucia and Dominica have English as the main language, while nearly everyone also speaks a native French dialect called Patois. The cultures and food are similar, as is the terrain, both being lush, volcanic and mountainous with interior rain forest. The main difference is that St. Lucia has more than twice as many people at about 160,000, but the people themselves and the politics are very similar. I have often fantasized about turning St. Lucia into a "Ron Paul island". Being that it's population is only equivalent to a mid-sized American city, it has always seemed to me like a feasible idea. I have spent personal time with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, have known several other political dignitaries, and years ago I entertained the idea of going into politics myself. But in the end I'm too private a person, have no experience in public speaking, and decided against calling attention to myself. My opinion of your idea, Trevor, is that it sure is a fascinating one, but it is a lofty goal which could only be achieved with the utmost dedication and hard work. There would surely be some receptive hearts and minds, but it would also involve resistance and setbacks at the hands of people who would resent foreigners (and Americans are not exactly the most popular people these days) coming out of nowhere and trying to hijack their political system, even if the changes you would bring would improve the quality of every Dominican life. More realistic than turning the whole island into a model of libertarian peace and prosperity would be to start off by setting up a "Ron Paul" community within the island, and use that as a springboard from which to further persuade people and expand the movement.