Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. John Perkins. CONTENTS. Preface ix Prologue xvi. PART I: 1 An Economic Hit Man Is Born 3 "In for Life" 12 . LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CA'TALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA. Perkins, John, -. Confessions of an economic hit man by John Perkins. p. cm. Includes. Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul. “Perkins One is intent on preserving systems The New Confessions The New Confessions of an Economic.
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Page 2. An Excerpt From. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Page 3. @ vii. CONTENTS. Preface ix. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals a game that, according to John Perkins, is as old as Empire but has taken on new and terrifying. A Book Review THE CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN Kudus Adsiteo [email protected]+ Assignment in Sociology of.
Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run.
In this capacity, Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an economic hit man as follows: Economic hit men EHMs are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars.
They funnel money from the World Bank, the U. Agency for International Development USAID , and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources.
Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.
They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the s, but "threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop.
The first real economic hit man was back in the early s, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C. He was a government employee.
Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C. Ask them when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. Want to know something? They won't want us to ask them. They'll want us to get it for them.
It reads like a Le Carre novel or something by Graham Green, and yet it is autobiographical. A young man becomes drawn into international finance and has the role of convincing third world countries particularly the leaders of these countries to take out loans that are so huge their countries will never be able to repay them.
They do this so as to ensure that these countries become satellites orbiting the American Empire. His job was to make these countries compliant, dependent, and endlessly economically exploitable.
Perkins asserts that the economic hit men were potentially only phase one of what could become a three phase attack on the democratic rights and independence of foreign nations. He gives instance after instance of where this pattern was applied in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia over a period of about three decades.
It would be hard to imagine someone from the US reading this book without a growing sense of shame. It is hard to read this book from anywhere in the first world without feelings of responsibility, disgust and self-loathing.