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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 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 12 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Scooter
Sad but true. Only Americans don't know that America is gone, and has been gone a long while.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good book but if you already read Confessions of an Economic Hitman and have a good general knowledge of how financial markets really work, this doesn't really add a lot of new... Read morePublished 3 months ago by gordon macgregor
Should be required reading in every High School and college.Published 3 months ago by Ingeborg Hanson
I have read three of John Perkins books. Now I understand why coups, and other international events never seem to be adequately explained by the U.S. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Cook