Their Stories About Why They're There
Besides the purpose stated above, the title of this post refers to the reasons people I met in Panama had either settled there already or were exploring that possibility for the future. The reasons below were given to me either in response to my direct question or I was able to form a conclusion from conversations that left little room for doubt in my mind.
- To find a safe, warm and affordable place to retire.
- To seek investment opportunities, mostly in real estate.
- To get away from bad marriages or relationships while hoping for better luck in a place where more traditional male/female roles still existed.
- To escape increasing state control over the individual in their home country.
"The only power any government has is to crack down on crime and criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, then one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens. What's there in that for anyone. But just pass the kinds of law that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of lawbreakers - and then you can cash in on their guilt."
Doesn't Rand's quote remind us of how things have been becoming in Canada, the United States and Europe?
I love Panama. But I personally won't be moving to Panama full-time. For a number of reasons, mostly business-related, it would just not work for me. I will however build a home in Chiriqui for part-time winter use and will enjoy the relative freedom Panama has to offer, if only for a few months a year.