Economic hit man John Perkins has confessed the sins of predatory politicians and analyzed the reasons for the current meltdown. A reformed economist, he warns that returning to our "normal" blueprints for the global economy would prove disastrous. Perkins details the steps to transform "the mutant form of capitalism" into a system based on sustainability and justice.
Jonathan Curiel is a journalist in San Francisco. He is the author of 'Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots.
John Perkins spent three decades as an Economic Hit Man, business executive, author, and lecturer. He lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. Then he made a decision: he would use these experiences to make the planet a better place for his daughter's generation.
Today he teaches about the importance of rising to higher levels of consciousness, to waking up - in both spiritual and physical realms - and is a champion for environmental and social causes. He has lectured at universities on four continents, including Harvard, Wharton, and Princeton.
John Perkins, author of _Confessions of an Economic Hit Man_, relates the story of his daughter choosing to pay triple for a baby crib because it was made in Canada with plantation trees, rather than one made in China by sweetshop workers. "It costs a little more to make these investments," he says, "but they are investments."
Author John Perkins comments on the powerful message Americans sent to the powers that be last November by electing Barack Obama as President of the United States, but contends those who ushered in radical change have since stood back while Washington returns to business as usual.
"It has to be We the People," says Perkins. "We can't just vote in an Obama ... and then sit back and watch Monday Night Football."
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation technologies and services, mass migration and the movement of peoples, a level of economic activity that has outgrown national markets through industrial combinations and commercial groupings that cross national frontiers, and international agreements that reduce the cost of doing business in foreign countries. Globalization offers huge potential profits to companies and nations but has been complicated by widely differing expectations, standards of living, cultures and values, and legal systems as well as unexpected global cause-and-effect linkages. See alsofree trade.
I find extremely interesting that today someone like John Perkins says openly that two Central America country leaders were assassinated by CIA sponsored jackals and that's about that ... nobody cares ... and nothing really happens ...
It's just amazing how indifferent we are and how powerless we feel !...
Originally Posted by tomj54
It is an abomination that things like this guy spend their career destroying third world countries, and now that he has perfected and passed along that peculiar skill, he expects people to now buy his book to learn how his techniques will be used against them.
Originally Posted by farber2
well there is this one guy who is at least admitting to it, name one other.
Originally Posted by tomj54
Perkins should name them.
It would be beneficial if you knew what you're talking about .... what you say it doesn't make any sense ...
There is a very strong reason why capitlism can't be the society solution for the world (including everything and everyone there is). In capitalism (the name tells ist), priority no. 1 is capital. Not lives, ressources, science etc. All that counts are figures in budgets. If this isn't enough for you to doubt that capitalism is failing to honor the more important things in our existence, then what could be enough? In a closed, finite system, there is no place for capitalism. Capitalism is no more than the re-invention of the jungle-law without jungle. You wonder why there is the word predator-capitalism? Me not.
I think that his regrets are genuine, and I'm grateful that he have brought this dishonest practice into the open. Because many have suspected, but haven't had first hand experience. If what he says is true, then it's sick and worrying! It's very important that it gets exposed, because it all just relies on secrecy. And what a perfect secret it is! I think the latest setback in global economics is a blessing, because it has awakened the otherwise sedated public to question the liability of the system. But that there is some sort of willfully dishonest and secret hand, calling the shots in even the most powerful democratic enteties like the US and EU, has yet to sink in I guess. It's so hard to believe, yet at the same time it's not...
Well....i dont really know why on earth, perkins would still wants to create a better world.
I guess after reading all these comments on this page, he would soon found out that it is useless of such an effort. You all are serious damaged from tv culture.
The point here is not to judge the morality of the person in this interview, but to do some research to his claims and info.
Well if you live in ΅wonderland΅ and everything in your life is great, maybe what you hear from perkins wont make any sense to you.
Living in a country that was a victum of a hitman and many int. Coorporations...gives me plenty of explanations about everything thats wrong in this country..... And some 40 other of them.....try to educate your self..it will help us all .
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John Perkin Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a must read. No matter what you think about the author or his presentation, the core of the story applys to real happenings in our time during the biggest scam of the century- Free Trade.
I started by advocacy for human dignity in the work day and fair trade in 1992 when I picked up a high tech publication telling how the U.S. Federal Government sponsored the moving of U.S. factories outside of the USA in 1956. It was suppose to be a temporary program to test ways to help out the Mexican and Central American economies while providing the American consumers with cheaper goods. The program never ended and evolved into the maquiladora factory programs using impoverished workers to make consumer goods for the USA. Then it evolved into so called free trade which is not really trade at all. By 1992, more than 2,000 factories were moved to Mexico alone. After President Clinton pushed the passing of NAFTA, the number quickly doubled to more than 4,000 factories moved to Mexico. During this time, President Clinton had to rush 20 billion dollars to Mexico and funneled even more to them through international banks to save the peso that was affecting the value of the money products everywhere.
The globalization of money products also came in 1956 after the Suez Canal crisis exposed a terrible money problem flowing from England. From this point on, new funny money products came with all sorts of creativity ignited in a new global monopoloy game. The globalist free traders thought they found a way for a self perpetual supply of money values through the moving of production from place to place for the sake of the cheapest labor possible.
Ray Tapajna Chronicles forecasted our global economic crisis years ago based on many experts in the field including a wonderful journalist in Cliff Barney who wrote for UPSIDE MAGAZINE - UPSIDE featured new high tech venture investing but was unique in presenting the critical side of the global economy. Cliff Barney wrote about an outstanding interview he had with Manuel Castells who wrote several books about globalization and free trade predicting the coming of the "Bewildered New World" we have today. Other experts included Sir James Goldsmith who wrote The Trap predicting similar outcomes. Goldsmith was a corporate raider who was very successful in his craft but had a "economic conversion experience" and became a populist leader in both England and France.
There are more who warned the world like Chuck Harder who hosted the For the People radio program worldwide and who most likely would support John Perkins in all his efforts to re-establishing the common good that has been factured by so called free trade. If you want more to read about all this - see http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews/ http://tapsearch.com/flatworld and more at http://linkbun.ch/aztb See also the dark side of energy saving at http://www.phillyfuture.org/node/5298