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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
All of Perkins books try to lead you to believe they are tails of espionage and intrigue instead they all turn out to be liberal rantings of someone who claims to hate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Cornell
This book takes you on a mental journey through a hidden world that is mostly unknown to the public. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K.B.
This is a must-read for students of politics and economics. The author has experienced first-hand the corruption of organizations and corporations that are willfully destroying... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire J. Whitley
John Perkins is one that was in the trenches sort of speak and tells it like it is when it comes to how the leaders of the world operate.Published 5 months ago by Skip
I read his first book and was frightened to learn the facts about the economic 'hit men' but it all made sense somehow. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aishah Macgill
First half of the book is I think an accurate description of how wealth, and especially the wealthy nations, exploit third world countries for their resources. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William Wehrell