"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom...A long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question..."
~Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Thursday, October 30, 2008

John Perkins - Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

This lecture by John Perkins is very effective at putting the Iraq War into the context of a much bigger issue: American Imperialism.


Nyall and Jennifer said...

Jon and Eric,
So cool to listen to this guy. It's nice to know we're not crazy.

Rolene & David said...


Remember all the times I was trying to explain how I believe the world works. That guy is as pretty close as it is going to get. Noam Chomsky was close, but I believe he was wrong in assuming that all these corporations are sitting together in meetings and planning these things.

I believe that the only true "meeting of the minds" between the huge corporations is "greed". If a corporation could destroy another, they would do it in a second. There is no loyalty.

This guy hit it on the head in explaining that corporations have been practicing this stuff for a long time in many countries. It is called corporate strategy run-a-muck. Strategy to make money at all expenses.

They don't feel guilty for the attrocities they commit because they believe that they have no choice if they are going to exist as a company. If they don't do it, some other company will take the opportunity from them.

I'm sure my view isn't perfect, but it sure makes sense after going through business school (even at BYU).

"No course in a business should take precidence over maximizing profits" -- Norm Nemrow BYU Accounting Professor (Acct 210 CD-ROM)

I know I'm taking it out of context, but from my experience it doesn't just apply in the classroom.

Tyler said...

Good one. I have listened to him speak before. I don't know how anyone can hear what he says and deny that all of this that we are studying is nonsense. The truth is out there, and Perkins is one of the few guys telling it to us. Thanks for posting this.

dshefman said...

I think the words of Thomas Jefferson apply here very well,

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations which grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Greg Reeves said...

I loved this video as well. The fact that Mr. Perkins is confessing some of the things that he did as an Economic Hit Man is shows he has courage to do the right thing. I love how he says we can change things and that there is still hope.

Tyler said...

I just read my comment again and I am retarded. I hope everyone realizes that I meant that what we are all studying is Not nonsense. Not sure what I was trying to do with that sentence.