Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions
We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the
international banking community. In his book Confessions of an
Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional,
he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of
trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could
possibly repay and then take over their economies.
John Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man - a
highly paid professional who cheated countries around the globe
out of trillions of dollars.
20 years ago Perkins began writing a book with the working
title, "Conscience of an Economic Hit Men."
Perkins writes, "The book was to be dedicated to the
presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I
respected and thought of as kindred spirits - Jaime Roldós,
president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both
had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental.
They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of
corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global
empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos
around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals
who were always right behind us, stepped in.
John Perkins goes on to write: "I was persuaded to stop
writing that book. I started it four more times during the next
twenty years. On each occasion, my decision to begin again was
influenced by current world events: the U.S. invasion of Panama in
1980, the first Gulf War, Somalia, and the rise of Osama bin
Laden. However, threats or bribes always convinced me to
But now Perkins has finally published his story. The book is
titled Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. John Perkins
joins us now in our Firehouse studios.
- John Perkins, from 1971 to 1981 he worked for the
international consulting firm of Chas T. Main where he was a
self-described "economic hit man." He is the author
of the new book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
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