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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
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 22 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by William Wehrell
I like factual books
this is fictional and not interesting at all
this fellow is more of a story teller than a whistle blower
Great information-positive and negative- that is good to be aware of to get a better picture of some of the things happening in this world and who pulls what stringsPublished 3 months ago by tgv
This book is insightful in that now we know some countries have been sabotaged by the West in their quest for development. So what happens when the blow-back starts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert M musembi
John is a phenomenal writer. He writes the truth in all of his books. More people should read what he writes. Scary but we the people should learn from what he writesPublished 4 months ago by R. Johnson
This is a very thought provoking book, that beggars the question what the hell are we going to do about it? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Lucas