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.
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.
This interview should be in the form of a confession preceeding an indictment against this thing who is now crying crocodile tears about the ruined future he has left for his children and grandchildren -- and ours.