Monday, July 12, 2010

John Perkins - Confessions of an Economic Hitman

I honestly believe listening to the experiences of John Perkins could emancipate the minds of many Americans from the mental slavery imposed by the manipulation of the propaganda gatekeepers.  His book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, is a whistleblower's account of his involvement in projecting fabricated economic and energy forecasts for foreign leaders, mostly in third world nations, in order to convince them to accept loans from the IMF and World Bank.  Once the leaders are convinced or coerced to take on the loans, usually under the guise of developing infrastructure for their people, the actual construction that follows is performed by U.S. corporations, effectively funneling the loan money straight back out of the country.  This is far more complex than my simple introduction, but ultimately, the economic hitmen impose debt upon the people and governments and that debt, among other things, is then used as leverage to control these governments in a variety of ways.

If this process of the economic hitman fails, and the leaders of these nations reject their offers, and the government is unable to be placed under control in this manner, then the "jackals" enter the picture in order to replace these leaders, whether it be through assassination, coup d'etat, etc.

This is the brief overview of what John Perkins exposes.

We, as Americans, live in a nationalistic self-denial that our government is not corrupt, and does not serve interests beyond the safety and security of the American public.  We must end our belief that our government can do no wrong, acknowledge the injustices perpetrated in our name, and stop the infringement upon the life and liberties of foreign nationals.  If we do not, we can only expect the natural reaction of oppressed people in third world nations, whom lack the resources to organize conventional military power, to fight us with "terrorism."

Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit, wrote a book called Imperial Hubris:  Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.  Why does he believe the title is the reality?  Blowback!

If more Americans, and in particular, more of our political leaders would get over their egos and greed for power and money, read these accounts and accept this reality, we might be able to possess the moral high ground in the world, and serve as a respected example, a shining light for the world to follow.

Unfortunately, we do not currently possess this integrity, and it is abundantly clear that the majority of Democrats and Republicans are not interested in any "CHANGE" in our foreign policy.

"Yes We Can?!"