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I wasn’t twenty pages into Hoodwinked when I realized Perkins nailed it. What got us into the mess we’re in today, the worst recession since the Great Depression, is the same grotesque capitalism cum corruption we shoved down the throat of the Third World since the end of World War II. (Yes, the Third World’s elites were cheerfully corrupted.)
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.
It was all fairly routine until 9/11, when the real gorging started. Tell the people their roof is on fire and they’ll give you whatever you ask for. Between 2001 and 2009 the Department of Defense budget increased 74 percent, and that is not to mention the hundreds of billions of dollars in related contracts. Nigeria on the Potomac.
Perkins is quick to state he doesn’t believe in a grand conspiracy theory. Few of the people who call the shots have ever met each other. They don’t have a playbook other than a couple of fraudulent economists like Milton Friedman and the others who worship at the altar of deregulation. No, what they have in common is an obsession with the winner takes all.
Perkins's message isn’t going to be popular. We’re a country invested in a system in which five percent of the world’s population consumes 25 percent of the world’s resources. It's a system we’re trying to sell to the world, only we don’t mention that we’ll need five planets to sustain it.
Perkins isn’t the pessimist I am. He says we can save the world if we green it--and, of course, start telling the truth to each other. Otherwise we end up a banana republic like the ones we know so well how to despoil. --Robert Baer
Excellent testimony about what Milton Friedman's economical theory really leads to: a "free" market that benefit only those already strong enough to rig it in their favor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Philippe Roussel
Very easily-read, eye-opening book. If you know that your vote doesn't matter and you'd like to know why, if you don't know why we were in Iraq and Afghanistan but know that it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shahram Kelarestaghi
I wanted so badly for this to be a good book (paid $20.95 for the audio version), but I couldn't get through more than 20% of it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louis Bailey
Great book. It really opens your eyes to how manipulation goes on in the government. You always wonder why we spend so much time and money on foreign policy.Published 3 months ago by Casey Hale
This is an eye opening book written by an insider. Pitchforks and torches people it's time to take this thing back unfortunately there are no real candidates in our next election . Read morePublished 4 months ago by awake
Dang right the country is not on the right track, and if anyone thinks getting a majority democrat or majority GOP is going to help things they are sadly mistaken. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Homey the clown
Good book, but a little bit of the same since "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" - kind of riding on the coat tails of its success.Published 6 months ago by Scooter