Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy IMPLODED -- and How to Fix It
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Learn more about Amazon Prime. John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.
Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy—those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe—and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy.
Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is not a "return to normal. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners and the lobbyists they have in their pockets , but in the interests of their employees, their customers, the environment, and society at large.
We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children. Each one of us makes these choices every day, in ways that are clearly spelled out in this book. From the Hardcover edition. Read more Read less. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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He labels himself an economic hit man a position from which he contends, among other things, why the global economy imploded, and the form of his hand in it. This is somewhat of an exaggeration but not by far. He writes from the point of experience as an executive in an oil company very high up in the hierachy. His job was to do economic studies of potential oil fields. In doing his job the company also misled the local populations about how both their lives and the environment would be protected if the project goes ahead.
Neither of these things proved to be true, in his experience, resulting in environmental damage and no patent improvement in local economies. In the process of doing his job he came to understand about local religions and folkways. He was so undone by bad results of corporate depardations that he quit his work. He also no teaches yoga. His story is plausible and I believe probable in Central America at least. Another cautionary tale from real corporate life. Will Tillerson eventually write the same sort of book about Putin and oil projects in Russia?
An entertaining insight into oil business and local inhabitants affected. One person found this helpful. It really is an International Thriller-but one that has a really darkside--the really firsthand truth of what some of the US Corporations along with the knowledge and aid of our top government officials and also the CIA have been upto outside the USA The author does not hesitate to name names and dates for every situation as he was an insider.
Thank goodness he listened to his concious and he finally realized these stories needed to be exposed. The author believed writing about the truth was the only way he could help begin to make ammends for the devastation that he had been part of and that had levied on these countries--their people and their natural habitiats--all in the name of Corporate greed to making huge amounts of money despite the terribly tradegies being created --for decades!!! Not much as a peep in our News Media either while this was all going on and not much still today! The author also gives excellent solutions as to how everyday people can help to rectify all these Big Corp.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The only reason the deregulation Kool-Aid was drunk by Reagan and the public was that hugely effective and expensive P. The big lie was served up as shadow-government-supported propaganda to perform a RRH reverse Robin Hood—take from the poor and give to the rich. Perkins says that the corporatocracy is calling the shots and you can prove it to yourself by looking at Obama replacing Dubya.
The two are exact opposites if you listen to them. But then you look at what they do and see Obama was merely Bush 2. And the corporatocracy is still in charge. Nothing changed a bit. If a "liberal" democrat has the same effect on the country as a conservative warmongering rightwinger, why do we even bother to vote?
The more things change the more they stay the same. If this doesn't show that the shadow government rules and the politics and elections are a cover, serving as a clown show to distract us from the real action happening in the shadows, we don't know what could.
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The author is a populist who tells us to forget government and politics and social engineering—"we, the people, must create the change. He says it is okay for corporations to make profits, but only within a context of creating a sustainable, just and peaceful world.
Perkins tells us that in the late s, no corporation was allowed to get a charter unless it could prove that it served the public interest, and all their charters came up for renewal every ten years or so. That all changed with a Supreme Court ruling that made corporations equivalent to individuals in the late s due to robber baron influence—and then in that atrocious Citizens United case simply rubber-stamped that corporations are not only people, but they are allowed to buy and sell elections and the formal change from democracy to pseudo-democracy to corporatocracy was now complete—a fait accompli.
Many of us, forgetting the particulars of U. And the forces that made an art of international rape and pillage are applying the same methods inside the U. Perkins cites the cause of current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy—those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe—and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, explains the author, have sold us all on predatory capitalism as a way of life.
And like lambs led to the slaughter, we drank the Kool-Aid. Exploit the many to benefit the few. Spock on Star Trek told us that the good of the one is outweighed by the good of the many. Maybe we need Spock or Perkins for president instead of ass clowns like the Bushes and Obama!
We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children, but not with corporatocracy flunkies at the helm.
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Robert Baer reviewed Hoodwinked: We, and the rest of the West, learned the trick of selling unneeded infrastructure, services, over-sophisticated weapons—stuff that could never benefit anyone other than the people who lined their pockets. And yes, Perkins is right, the international economists and press were handmaidens to the thievery.
Howard Zinn says "John Perkins has been in and out of the world of high finance and low ethics, and in Hoodwinked he not only illuminates that world with dramatic stories and keen insights, but suggests what we might do to create a better society.