January 21, 2006

Program note: John Perkins, author of "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" to appear tonight

John Perkins, author of the excellent and highly recommended book, "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" is to appear tonight on C-Span's BookTV beginning at 8:00 p.m.

As their site puts it:
From 1971 to 1981 John Perkins worked as a chief economist for Chas. T. Main, a Massachusetts-based international strategic consulting firm. During this time Mr. Perkins said his job was to trick developing countries into taking enormous loans from the World Bank in order to construct or repair their domestic infrastructure. These loans were given with the understanding that these countries would then use those loans to pay U.S. corporations to complete these constructing and engineering projects. The author writes that when these developing countries were eventually unable to pay off these sizable debts, the United States, World Bank, or IMF would step in and control the country's security arrangements and budgetary structure.
I've mentioned Perkins, his book, and the true agenda it reveals in a post dealing with Pat Robertson here. I also alluded to it when it was revealed that the loathsome and creepy Paul Wolfowitz, the prime architect and promoter of the utter folly in Iraq, had been rewarded by Bush by being appointed the head of the World Bank.

I highly recommend catching this show if possible, as Perkins has a lot to reveal about the agenda behind the agenda we're fed daily.


At 1/21/2006 11:21 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

I just finished that book a couple of days ago, in fact. I highly recommend it to everyone. It is a quick read, too.

At 1/22/2006 2:01 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It was great read, wasn't it? And an eye-opener to be sure.

He mentioned during his appearance that there were discussions about making it into a movie. How cool would that be, huh?

If you haven't read this book, please do. It is fascinating and disturbing, and the way these guys casually play with third world economies, leaders, and the lives of millions makes spy novels look lame

At 1/22/2006 10:33 AM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

The most disturbing thing, which I was aware of before I read it, is that he demonstrates how we are all in a way complicit.

Whether it is in our nature, or because corporations and the media tells us we need certain things for a certain price, we are communally willing to let these kinds of practices go on.

I try to demonstrate this with my parents who insist on shopping at Wal-Mart despite my protests. Is it really worth saving 25 cents on a package of plastic hangers when the cost of that savings is an employee with out health care, a small business forced to take almost no profit on their products, and a guy in southeast Asia that might be lucky to earn 25 cents in a day.

It like when I see a big bowl of buffalo wings and I say to myself, yeah, they'd be awfully good, but I know what they do to my heartburn and stomach. Sadly even I cave sometimes and take the wings. While I don't shop at Wal-Mart, almost every business is starting to follow their model, and I still fall into thetrap of consumerism. But, little things here and there are still steps, and we all need to try and take them.

At 1/23/2006 7:22 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

ANy chance that Dick Cheny is behind this scheme?? I wonder...

At 1/23/2006 9:03 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Cheney was definitely in the mix with Haliburton, and their subsidiary, Brown & Root, which is precisely the sort of engineering and construction company that benefits from the actions of "economic hitmen".


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