John Perkins Shares How Companies Have Created the Economic Crisis and How We Can Fix It
Author John Perkins’ journey to becoming dedicated to “transforming the world into a sustainable, just, and peaceful place for all beings” came after a career as an economic hit man and the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
He said in an interview with Information Press that his job as an economic hit man was to convince Third World countries to accept large loans for infrastructure development and guarantee that the projects would be contracted to U.S. corporations. Once the countries had huge debts, the U.S. government was able to control those countries and their resources. He said that those presidents who did not accept the deals he offered were then assassinated.
According to his biography, the events of 9/11 led him to “ignore the threats and bribes, and write Confessions of an ‘Economic Hit Man.’” While he stayed silent for so many years, he no longer is silent about what he did as an economic hit man and how it has led to the global financial meltdown.
According to a press release for Perkins’ newest book, “Hoodwinked,” the real cause of the global financial meltdown is what Perkins calls “predatory capitalism – the mutant form of an economic system that encourages widespread exploitation of the few to benefit a small number of already very wealthy people. A new geo-politics has emerged; today the CEOs of big corporations, rather than governments, control human and natural resources around the globe, as well as politicians and the media. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to the perilous edge.”
“Hoodwinked” is about an economic hit man who reveals why the world financial markets imploded and what people need to do to “remake” them. Through the book, Perkins shows how people have been “hoodwinked” by CEOs and the politicians manipulated by the corporations.
“From my perspective, what we’ve done in the last half-a century is [create] a failed economy,” Perkins said and added that the United States consumes the majority of the world’s resources, while the majority of the world lives in poverty. “We’ve been hoodwinked. We’ve been screwed.”
Now, he said, people are waking up and realize that something is not right. He said that it is evident with the Occupy Wall Street movement where people came together and protested.
“We have to be willing to questions what [businesses and corporations] do, we have to take to the street and be willing to go to prison,” Perkins said. “Our government and our businesses need to serve a public interest.”
In order to do that, he said, the country needs to move into a new kind of economy – one that emphasizes serving a public interest rather than how much money is brought it to a small number of wealthy people.
One thing Perkins said that people can do is to be very conscious about the businesses that they support and to keep focused on doing the best for the world.
“Whatever you are, there are ways you can work to create a better world,” Perkins said. “I am extremely hopeful that in the last seven years I’ve seen big changes in people’s attitudes. I’ve really seen a rise in consciousness. We, the people, have to do it. We can’t sit back and expect our leaders to make the changes we want.”
Perkins is the founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance and is the author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” “Shapeshifting,” “The World Is As You Dream It,” “Psychonavigation,” “Spirit of the Shuar,” and “The Street-Free Habit.” In 2012, Perkins was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace.
Perkins will speak at the Global Alliance for Balance and Healing’s Wisdom Series Talk on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Margarita Community Hall at the corner of I Street and Murphy St in Santa Margarita. At this presentation he said he will share more things that people can do to create a better world. The talk is free and open to the public, although donations will be taken. For more information, go to www.thewisdomseries.org or www.globalalliance.ws.
He will also present Geo-politics, the Future and You, A Call to Action at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information, go to www.greenfestivals.org/wdc.
For more information on Perkins, go to www.johnperkins.org