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[ John Perkins was the first insider or EHM - economic hit man to reveal how systemic corruption -the modus operandi- of big transnational corporations, mostly American, have subverted the national economies of poor countries like our homeland. Below was his interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.I have worked for Bechtel Corporation and other big American E&C companies for several years and have been involved in so-called mega-projects (billion-dollar projects back in the early 1980s). We Bechtel engineers "knew" that our company has good connections in the Middle East. Bechtel used to reject hundred-million dollar projects since it only went for megas; and of course, we had a great time. Those were the good times in the oil/gas and petrochemical industries. Now, the US has mainly de-industrialized and instead import manufactured products and concentrated on the financial sector for the most part which I think, as an engineer, is the wrong direction for America or any other country to progress- industrialization creates real products, good jobs for more people, hones skills, etc. thus lifts the national economy. But this is another story.]
Update: Now, in The Secret History of the American Empire (2007), Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world and, drawing on interviews with other hit men, jackals, reporters, and activists, examines the current geopolitical crisis. Instability is the norm: It’s clear that the world we have created is dangerous and no longer sustainable. How did we get here? Who’s responsible? What good have we done and at what cost? And what can we do to change things for the next generations? Addressing these questions and more, Perkins reveals the secret history behind the events that have created the American Empire, including:
• The current Latin-American revolution and its lessons for democracy
• How the "defeats" in Vietnam and Iraq benefited big business
• The role of Israel as "Fortress America" in the Middle East
• Tragic repercussions of the IMF’s "Asian Economic Collapse"
• U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela
• Jackal (CIA operatives) forays to assassinate democratic presidents
From the U.S. military in Iraq to infrastructure development in Indonesia, from Peace Corps volunteers in Africa to jackals in Venezuela, Perkins exposes a conspiracy of corruption that has fueled instability and anti-Americanism around the globe. Alarming yet hopeful, this book provides a compassionate plan to reimagine our world.
John Perkins is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a startling exposé of international corruption that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a founder and chairman of Dream Change, a nonprofit organization devoted to raising consciousness and creating a stable, sustainable, and peaceful world for future generations. Perkins has lectured and taught at universities on four continents including Wharton, Princeton, and Harvard, and is a champion for environmental and social causes. - AMAZON Books
I highly recommend these two books, very relevant and fact-filled, by John Perkins.
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them”. – Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions
We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies.
- John Perkins, from 1971 to 1981 he worked for the international consulting firm of Chas T. Main where he was a self-described “economic hit man.” He is the author of the new book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
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