An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity

An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity

Translator: Emmanuel Hegmann Gonzalez
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Voice-over:
Please welcome to the stage: John Perkins. John Perkins: Thank you. I’ve stood in front of the Shah of Iran, the presidents of Indonesia,
Ecuador, Panama, members of the Royal House
of Saudi Arabia, and I’ve said something like: In this hand I have millions of dollars for you and your friends
if you play our game. In this hand I have … a gun, in case you decide not to. Now, my words were
more diplomatic than that, but that was the message. I was an economic hit man. We economic hit men have created
a new global economy, really, a form of capitalism that I call
“predatory capitalism.” It isn’t working, we all know this. The oceans are rising, the glaciers are melting. Less than 5% of us live
here in the United States, and we consume almost 30%
of the world’s resources while half the world is on the verge
of starvation, or actually starving. That’s not a model. China can’t do it. India can’t do it. They’re trying,
but they can’t do it. We have to change.
We have to have a re-evolution. We must change this system. I’ll get into that in a minute, but first:
how did I become an economic hit man? While I was still in business school, I was interviewed by the National
Security Agency, the NSA. They put me through a series
of extensive psychological tests, including on a lie detector. It’s a long story, but to make a long story short,
I ended up going in the Peace Corps … (Laughter) and being sent deep
into the Amazon rain forest. Now, I’d grown up the son of a teacher in a boys prep school for very
wealthy boys in rural New Hampshire. I grew up with lots of snow and cold,
kind of like here in the winter, you know. And suddenly I find myself living in a thatched-roof hut
in the steamy jungle. Do you think I adjusted easily to that? After the Peace Corps, I then took a job – I was given a job – as an economist at an international
consulting firm in Boston with close ties to the NSA and the CIA. I was trained by a woman
named Claudine Martin, whose job was to train me
to be an economic hit man. Now, Claudine had seen my NSA files. She knew that I wanted three things, that I thought all my prep school buddies,
the rich kids, had had: money, power and sex. Claudine was really good at her job and she promised me the first two, (Laughter) money and power, and she taught me
quite a bit about the third. (Laughter) And then she told me
what my job would entail. I would go to countries with resources
our corporations covet, like oil, and arrange a huge loan to those countries from the World Bank
or its sister organizations. But the money wouldn’t actually
go to the country, it would go to our corporations: Bechtel, Halliburton,
Brown & Root – familiar names – to build big infrastructure projects
in those countries and incidentally make
huge profits in the process. They built power plants
and industrial parks, things that would benefit
a few wealthy families in the country, the ones that own the industries. But the majority
of the people would suffer, they would be left holding
a huge debt they couldn’t repay. So we go back and say:
Since you can’t pay your debt, sell your resource, oil or whatever,
really cheap to our corporations, privatize, sell your utilities,
your schools, your jails, everything like that to our corporations. And Claudine also told me that if the leaders
of these countries refused my offer, people she called “jackals”
would be right behind me. I didn’t actually carry a gun,
but the jackals did. My first assignment was in Indonesia, a country that had just ended
a terrible civil war where more than a million people
had been killed. It had a terrifying reputation. And I have to admit that,
when I arrived in Jakarta, knowing I’d be there for about 3 years,
my knees were shaking pretty bad, my stomach was filled
with fluttering butterflies. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I was a very young man. I just knew that I was expected
to produce a report that would convince
the Indonesian government to build an extremely expensive
electrical system, hiring our corporations to do it. Claudine had made it sound simple, even kind of James Bond-ishly romantic. But now I’m struck by reality, and I felt naive, ill-prepared, vulnerable. Fortunately for me,
the winner of the Civil War, President Suharto, who was actually a dictator, wanted the projects that I was offering, and he also wanted
CIA and Pentagon protection. And so, every time I stumbled,
and I stumbled often, somebody was there to pick me up. A government official would appear
with an incredible report that would indicate, beyond any doubt, that electricity was all the country
needed to take off the huge growth. And a Harvard-trained mathematician
showed up with a mathematical formula that proved that if they just built
this electrical system everything would be fine. In the end I produced
a report that forecasted the need for electricity
at an unheard-of annual rate of 19%. Indonesia got its loan, our corporations made lots of money, and I was promoted,
from economist to chief economist. It was quite a lesson. At that time the Cold War
was really, really revving up, and Washington believed that Cuba was about to spread communism
throughout the hemisphere. The CIA developed a program
called Operation Condor to support right-wing dictatorships in Brazil, Argentina, Chile,
throughout the continent. Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador,
democratically elected, and Omar Torrijos,
head of state of Panama, strongly opposed Operation Condor. I was sent down to get them
to change their ways. They wouldn’t, they refused. Roldós was killed when his private plane crashed
in what many believe was not an accident. Torrijos said: “If CIA killed my friend Jaime,
I’ll probably be next.” In less than three months, he died when his private plane crashed
under very similar circumstances. You’re going to hear after me from a Marine Corps general
who was in Panama at the time, and he agrees with me that – at least, Torrijos’s was
probably an assassination. We don’t really know who caused it. And I want to say that I’m not
a conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe in some overarching
conspiracy to take over the world. But I do read reports.
I think I’m a conspiracy factualist. You know I read – recently declassified information
on the CIA’s own website, where they admit that the U.S.
Government was deeply involved in the overthrow or assassination
of Prime Minister Mosaddegh of Iran, President Allende of Chile, Árbenz of Guatemala, Diệm of Vietnam, Lumumba of the Congo. And speaking of Allende of Chile, he was replaced by the terribly brutal
dictator General Pinochet, who was a great defender
of Operation Condor, and also oversaw the murder
of tens of thousands of his people, and was praised by
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a great defender of capitalism. I believe in national security. And I don’t believe that U.S. security
is served, I believe it’s jeopardized, when our agency is to overthrow or
assassinate the leaders of other countries because they don’t follow our policies. I’m a capitalist. I think that capitalism
has given us incredible technology, art, science, medicine … and I think it holds out
the hope for the future. But there’s this new form of capitalism, that I call predatory capitalism, that’s the enemy of true capitalism. Let me explain. When I was in business school,
I was taught that a good CEO makes a decent rate of return
for his company and also makes sure
his company is a good citizen. He pays his workers a fair wage, gives them health insurance
and retirement pensions, pays taxes! Imagine that … and supports local schools
and recreational facilities and so on and so forth – in essence, he makes sure that his company
serves the public interest. That all changed in 1976 when Milton Friedman won
the Nobel Prize in Economics, and stated, among many other things, that the only responsibility
of business is to maximize profits, regardless of the social
and environmental cost. It changed everything. And it has created this global fiasco, what I believe we’re headed toward,
this disaster we are in a lot now, with the climate change, with all
the things that we all know are happening. And we must change that. And we can change that. How? I think the American Revolution
actually offers an interesting example. Back in 1773, almost everybody in the United States
believed that the British were invincible. But George Washington stepped forward, and he remembered 20 years earlier,
during the French and Indian War, he had witnessed the battle
of the Monongahela, the defeat of a huge powerful British army
by a handful of Indians. And Washington said:
They’re not invincible, all we’ve got to do is hide behind trees. Change the rules! So I think that’s where we’re at today: Change the rules. I like the rules I learned
in business school, that a good corporation, a good CEO, should make sure that his corporation
serves the public interest, is a good citizen. I like the idea that you and I
should invest in corporations that instead of essentially destroying the
resources upon which our economy is based, instead of doing that,
they clean up pollution, regenerate destroyed environments, develop new technologies
for more efficient energy, transportation, communications and just about
everything else. In essence, let’s get our corporations … to create an economic system that is itself a renewable resource. Are you ready to do that? Yes, I think we’re all ready. We can create this renewable resource so our corporations today
really run the world. They control most
of the politics in this country and just about everywhere else. But it’s important to remember that they need us. We work for them, we manage them,
many of you own them, you run them. They depend on us to buy
their goods and services, to invest in them, to work for them,
to support them through our tax dollars. We have the power. You have the power. Earlier we heard this incredible music
about our passion and our power. Let’s put our passion to work. This brings us to you. What is it you can do,
each and every one of you? What can we all do? Well, I think perhaps the most
important thing to start off by saying is that we are living at a time in history when the individual, you,
has more power than ever before. I travel a great deal around the world, speaking at events like this
and many others, and everywhere I go, whether it’s in Asia
or Africa, South America, Europe, Middle East, the United States, people are waking up to the fact that we live on a very tiny
fragile space station with no shuttles, and it’s headed for disaster,
and we’ve got to turn it around. We can do it. So in my latest book,
which is for sale out here: The New Confessions
of an Economic Hitman, I have a whole section
devoted to what you can do. Lists and ideas. But I want to just mention three of them
here today, kind of in summary. So … remembering that we have this power today,
especially with the internet … number one: Search out … and spread … shine a light on … the story behind the story. I think my life as
an economic hitman highlights the fact that there’s almost always a story behind the story. And recently, revelations such as
WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden Papers, and the Panama papers, and reporting by amazing
bloggers and others, the Pulitzer Prize winning ProPublica, Common Dreams, many many
organizations out there are shining a light on the fact that … we have corrupt politicians, we have tax evading billionaires. You know, democracy
depends upon transparency. It depends on understanding
the story behind the story. It demands that you and I
look for the story. It demands that we question … our leaders and our government policies. That’s the patriotic thing to do. So number one: Look for and spread
the story behind the story. Number two: Use local, individual
and community power, your power, to change politics, to change
the governmental system, to change the laws. We the people must do it. We can’t wait for the president to do it,
whoever the next president is. We have to do it, and that’s our job
in our democracy to do that. Recently, the small state of Vermont,
with less than 0.2% of the US population, a tiny group of people in that small state got laws passed that forced
corporations to label GMOs. As a result, five of the major
food companies, ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Campbell Soup, Mars, all committed to labeling GMOs
here in Michigan and everywhere else in the United States. And I just recently heard Hugh Grant,
not the actor but the CEO of Monsanto, on the radio saying
that that’s impacting him hugely. Monsanto is going to have
to reevaluate its attitude toward GMOs because of what happened
in the state of Vermont. We the people have forced corporations to end apartheid in South Africa, to clean up polluted rivers,
to pass laws to make that happen, to open their doors wider
to women and minorities. You, we have the power,
to move them toward men now, to get big money out of politics,
that’s very important. So, number two: Join
an organization, or start one, that impacts local laws,
national laws, global laws. Do it, get involved please. This is
something important that we all can do. And number three: Help a corporation understand
that it must serve the public interest. Corporations listen to you. I know lots
of CEOs of very powerful corporations. They know if they’re getting
flooded by emails, tweets or Facebook, whatever, they know, and they have to respond. So I suggest to you: Pick a corporation, any corporation that appeals to you, send them an email, don’t make them the enemy,
say I love you, I love your product, but I’m not going to buy it anymore
until you stop polluting, or clean up pollution, or pay your workers
a fair wage, or whatever your issue is. Send that email to the corporation
and to all your social networking circles, and ask them to send it
to all their social networking circles. Get involved. So:
shine a light, change the laws, and convince corporations
to serve a public interest. And in that way we’re going to turn
this economic system that is failing us, one that’s exhausted, one that’s devastating
its own resource base, into a renewable resource. I think you and I … live at the most amazing,
important time in human history. We are going through a re-evolution,
a consciousness revolution. People are waking up across the planet. We’re going to come together, and we’re going to create a world
that my eight-year-old grandson and every other child
of every sentient being on this planet is going to look back at and say: “Hey … thank God for TEDx and Michigan, thank God all those people came together and committed to moving forward, to creating an economic system
that’s a renewable resource.” Thank you all for being here. I look forward to taking this journey
with you. Thank you so very much. (Applause)


  • sanford sklansky says:

    What ever they taught him in Business School I am not if they believed what they told him.

  • Jana Catudan says:

    President Marcos was one of them.

  • Neil Heckman says:

    107 thumbs down divided by 3,500 likes is about 3%. That's sounds right. I would have guess about 1% wouldn't like hearing this.

  • TheManWithNoInsides says:

    William Cooper says we need a Restoration and not a Revolution.

  • Bessie Cousin says:

    When you read his book, you're ahead of most everyone else. You already know about Iran before they finally release that info. It was risky for him to write the book.

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  • Leo Casamento says:

    Yeah so now this clown was part of this cabal. Now he wants to change.Too late buddy the damage is done.

  • Red Wood says:

    Why is it that the CIA hasn’t assassinated him?

  • Jebus Hypocristos says:

    And this is why Crapitalism is about to fail spectacularly.

  • HCIR THGIRB says:

    Cap-it-al ! Selfish? Social ist, communal ist. Selfless!

  • Carlos Perez says:

    I need to check with corporation in managing my 401k..and change wisely

  • Jose Luis Lopez says:

    Mr Perkins…  "an Economic Hit Man"… I think that he is very kind… I can´t believe it! Well, the reality sometimes is incredible…

  • Jose Luis Lopez says:

    John Perkins!!! Excellent video!!

  • Michael Muncy says:

    So he was directly instrumental in destroying the lives of millions and enriching a few. He rose through the ranks of his fellow conspirators, henchmen and murderers all along lining his own pockets . . . now please buy my book so I can confess and make myself feel better and once again personally profit from my crimes against humanity. Have you no shame at all? If you really want to tell the truth and make some amends then give the book away on the net.

  • Darlene Sjostrom says:

    That wasn't original thinking by Washington, he learned that fighting tactic from the Native American!

  • Konsciousness says:

    klimate is not chanjing..
    it is dokumented that it is kontrolled since 50's/earlier..
    &yes ice is melting…
    but also reforming & polar bears r thryving…

  • K 1299 says:

    America did nothing wrong. We sacrificed blood and treasure against Nazism and Communism. So you play by our rules.

  • Dee de Jonge says:

    Before that happens, the companies will declare bankruptcy and the people will be left with the clean up bill as per usual.

  • Dee de Jonge says:

    We the people! to late i say, bring back the guillotine. That will sort the psychopaths out.

  • AZOffRoadster says:

    Capitalism is a 1/2 baby step improvement from feudalism. Time to take another full step.

  • Paul Charles says:

    Bring on the Revolution!

  • Bruce Wing says:

    We have been exploited our whole nations life by other nations! Unbalanced trade,was the worst, !they use it to take in more money and protect their products! Who ever made these agreements was in the pocket of the other nation!

  • aquinas62 says:

    Makes one wonder whether white race truly belongs to human race. They will pay for all the evils they perpetrated on mankind, before the end of this civilization. And they wonder why China has tight control over its country. This is exactly how the destabilized the entire African continent.

  • roselotusmystic says:


  • roselotusmystic says:

    StoryStory . . .

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  • george harrison says:

    i grew up believing we were the best country in the world but now I am ashamed.

  • Tom Sawyer says:

    I could spot a jackal. I'm actually an anti jackal.. I did 3 years in chicken school, then sheep school.. then I became a man who literally stared at goats.. then graduated with bull studies. We can run. We can kick. We can gore with a horn.. but most importantly we can sense. Praise God. Praise Christ. Thank you Holy Ghost.

  • Tom Sawyer says:

    This man is a bearer of bad news and tells of many terrible things.. but The God of the old and new testament is watching.. he knows all.

  • Therese walters says:

    I read the book two years ago. Opened my eyes to the story behind the story as he calls it. He has left us with hope that we can change things. Our freedom has depended on we the people all along. We've just been tired, maybe sleeping. Time to get to it again.

  • Reality4Peace says:

    Thanks to Carl Perkins for telling the truth of American financial imperialism. Everyone needs to understand this. But his affinity for "good capitalism" is surely an ideological leftover from his upbringing and business education. Capitalism is about maximizing profits, end of story.

  • RAM says:

    It takes a special kind of man to admit his errors, specially in public.
    It takes a heck man to let everyone know about it.
    It takes a great man to expose and do a hard hands on job in making that change!!!

  • Rhonda D says:

    US government has NO moral compass!

  • Pissed Off says:

    I read his book. What he speaks of is not capitalism. Capitalism isn't the problem, it is politicians.

  • 111RobinHood says:

    The only thing I greatly disagree with John Perkins is when he said that he doesn't believe in the conspiracy theory of some elite trying to take over the world. It is the corporate elite, the banksters who are trying to dominate the world by creating a world order dominated by a central bank.

  • Raf The Jaf says:

    One of plans of operation Condor was to stage an attack on a US plane carrying basketball players travelling to Venezuela. The plan was land the plane and send up another one that would be shot down by a missile fired from the US base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Cuba was to be blamed and in resonponse the US would invade Cuba. Kennedy refused to approve the plan though and we all know what happened to him.

  • Javier Vergara says:

    the problem with this speech is – that the people listening to this guy.. are not affected by the crisis this guy is talking about….people who are not affected by economic crisis. they will never help to change it…. because change means change for them …means give up sometime .."…the rich want to stay rich and comfortable "

  • Cathie Wilson says:

    "…create an economic system that is itself a renewable resource." BOOM!

  • trent osborn says:

    He didn't call out the pope and the story behind his story that's why he can say this and live one voice so what the sheep are blind deaf and cowards

  • Daniel Romero says:

    Absolute true, happening still now in Venezuela, Iran, Libia, Afghanistan, North Korea, who's next, Mexico?

  • Scott Pine says:

    All those dictators put in place for capitalist interests. Its amazing how the capitalist have convinced Americans and the works that capitalism and democracy go hand and hand.

  • Scott Pine says:

    Despite all that perkins has witnessed, he still deludes himself into believing their is a benign for of capitalism. Disappointing.

  • Scott Pine says:

    Does he not understand capitalism is founded upon genocide, slavery, and the forced enclosure of land? Capitalism is rooted fundamentally in violence.

  • Scott Pine says:

    There are no profitable solutions in saving the planet or ensuring peace, it is antithetical to the logic of capitalism.

  • littlebcally1 says:

    Maybe don't start the story off with the terrible things you did, then try and tell a story of your life as if we are supposed to find it heartwarming. And then say you love capitalism, which produced the exact logic that lead to the great crimes you are revealing.
    Otherwise thank you for telling your story

  • Dadson worldwide says:

    This is the biggest hoax and bunch of bs i ever heard
    The oceans are rosing because of the econony . By saying that the naive begain believing he changed for the health of earth. No he reeled in the claypeople with that.

  • William Gonzalaez says:

    When all makes the connection. All string pullers have one thing in common. And it’s the religion they practice. Kahzarians

  • Marco Sul says:

    another deceiver . notice how many times he says number 3 ..that number is used in 99% of all movies ex 3 days 3 times 3 year 3 months etc ..magic number that hypnotised most people into submission .

  • True Freedom says:

    He took all that money and now is blabbing about it. Not sure how i feel about it.

  • Graeme SYDNEY says:

    There's nothing so satisfying as storming to the moral high ground and polishing your halo in public. I'll bet you pounds to peanuts this guy has done nothing to recompense the thousands, if not millions, he has earned as an immoral 'economic hitman'.




  • DianaCherie says:

    It's insane that this guy still believes in capitalism.

  • Alden Buyer says:

    Gotta love these people who make their living unethically and then want to use that career long unethical experience to make another living "fixing" it.

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  • Rob Francis says:

    We need to go further than what Perkins does so well to state here. We need to transcend all forms of political/financial systems as we gracefully acknowledge the reality of infinitely regenerating energy resources and how to fully apply what we know for the betterment to ALL in harmonious accord with natures laws. No political system is set up to solve problems for one very simple reason, politics is run by lawyers and lawyers benefit by manufacturing conflicting ideologies that automatically lead to war. They benefit the creditor bankers who depend on war DEBTS to secure their already tight grip over infinity as we socially agree to accept their tyranny of contrived dialectical's, legal fictions and funny money fairy-tales. It's time to end clowncracy NOW by simply awakening to the real world!

  • DaSingingDesi says:

    We are a terrible country. There's one word to sum us up: Imperialists.

  • Ujjwal Anand says:

    Go your own way. I am working on a firm. I won't work for a corp.

  • Vijay Vs says:

    Mr uploder pls translation in Tamil audio pls

  • Sydney Howard says:

    At the mention of corporations i lost interest. I dont want to hear corp let alone oration.

  • PhoenixWay to Holistic Natural Health says:

    What an incredibly brave man. I can feel the anxiety in his voice.

  • Alagie Darboe says:

    I forgive you but still stand on your feet and help africa unite and fear Allah may he guide and protect you PRINCE OF GAMBIA( THE SMILLING COAST OF AFRICA )

  • red drib says:

    God forbid he gives us dates

  • MyCUTboyz says:

    the best thing about Americans is that, they hunt first and then tell how sad they felt afterwards.

  • Cauasia Rush says:

    This is so depressing. Poor guy.

  • Fox2faX says:

    John Perkins…theres still a chance to redeem yourself ^_^

  • Jaerock says:

    loved his book . much respect John you give the world hope for America

  • jdelaguardia09 says:

    The Philippines fell victim to the jackals from the 70's to 80's.
    In SE Asia, only Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew bravely rejected these scums.

  • Arnd Brack says:

    So did he turn himself in to geneva in order to talk about economic crimes against humanity? i am sick of rich guys, destroying our planet and peoples lives, and then write a bestseller and have fancy talks about their 'awakening'

  • Big G Haywood says:

    I like John Perkins and what he believes, but he's naive about Capitalists and "Corporate Responsibility."
    If corporations served the public interest, then they wouldn't be Capitalist. Lenin realized that in 1915, 60-some years before Milton Friedman won his Nobel Prize in Economics.
    It's the system itself.

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  • Crouching Wombat hidden Quoll says:

    One of Epstein's mates perhaps ?

  • rebellious man says:

    Meanwhile….. stop wearing a seat belt… ya get a citation…. ruin millions of peoples lives OR create war and kill hundreds of thousands…. no citation.. you are a successful Politician, Banker or Lawyer. When will all these damnable peoples assets be seized and placed into prison with no parole forever…. all of them….. when.

  • rebellious man says:

    If agencies of the USA openly admit to the murder of so many….. and we know of so many more…. isn't an officer of the law – someone somewhere somehow – under oath and obligated by ethical and moral creed to arrest someone…. courts to be held and people executed for pre-meditatd murder? Right???

  • Fatih Güney says:

    How can he show yourself channel like tedx ?

  • Olkeriil Remengesau says:

    Can you find the KILLER of President Lazarus Salii of The Republic Of Palau?

  • Olkeriil Remengesau says:

    Tulsi and Yang for America. UBI for Americans.

  • Ea Jordan says:

    I think pitching and selling extravagant public works projects to developing nations along with loan packages, austerity measures, private company contracts ect was a truly great service to our country….. and dont really understood why you stopped… it was and is just good thinking

  • Ea Jordan says:

    Oh whatever makes them WORK is what works … as far as the environment. Go nuclear or go extinct

  • 飛シャークWolffgang says:

    Every "alt-right" edgelord should watch this

  • tay ya says:

    and he can still laugh himself. l wonder why suddenly everything become transparent everywhere ,almost like they actually want us know all those stuff that they have been doing

  • F E L I P E says:

    Everyone who watched this and agrees with him should watch Zeitgeist Addendum.

  • Simon Sozzi says:

    My Aunt and many other people were "dissapeared" in Argentina. She was a teacher in the shanty towns, the favelas. They arrested her and we've never seen her again. Her name was Margarita Dols Castorino. 😪 Senseless.

  • sugarplumfairy20101 says:

    And American government keeps the rhetoric that hispanics are the problem and the criminals. The audacity………what we’re watching today is nothing but consequences. Sad thing Americans are victims too, they just don’t realize, lack of healthcare, lack of proper education, they keep defending guns and NRA even if the price to pay is their children’s lives. Like the beaten wife……..

  • Funk O'Matic says:

    i read the book… an eye opener…

  • CET675 says:

    Best accept otherwise the jackals will show up

  • A Mind With Heart says:

    An economic hitman for the corporations, which are owned by the world banking system, which is owned by??? Really, no "overarching plan to dominate the world". I have to disagree with that conclusion.

  • Stephen C Yang says:

    It is sad Mr. Perkins' voice was drowned out by that of Trump crowd.

  • Dovid Witkowski says:

    I have been a fan of John Perkins for sometime. However as he was someone who was schooled
    in an American education system that effectively rendered the collective national intellect
    to be neutralised, his defense of capatilism as being a structure for promoting a socially
    responsible mechanism ensuring a just society is, I suggest, highly flawed. Only a system
    that prioritises the welfare of the widow, the orphan, the poor and hungry can claim legitimacy.
    Only a society that is bonded to a finely tuned moral compass has any chance of success
    or longevity. As a 17 year old, many decades ago I was informed that by definition "there
    is no mechanism for change within any system," especially a political system as it then
    ceases to be what it is. "Democracy is the worst form of government" said Churchill because,
    notwithstanding the alternatives mentioned, it is in essence a fraud as it purports to reflect the will of decent people. But in truth the electorate vote with alarming regularity, the most mediocre, incompetent and self serving personalities believing the lies and falsehoods which are the stock in trade of politicians who know themselves that their promises are only that; not necessarily promises to be kept! Democracy fools the population into believing they have a say in how and what good laws are fashioned to govern them. They don't. See George Carlin on the American Dream and the video of the democracy debate between Socrates and Adeimantus. No, capitalism is not system for regulating the affairs of society, but a process whose legitimacy is predicated on the fact that competition between individuals will guarantee economic success and thus the betterment of society while at the same time completely ignoring the spiritual aspect of the human condition that only thrives on care and consideration for one's fellow human being.

  • Marcel Blazej says:

    What war are THEY planning for our near future???????? Do not give up your guns!!!!! !

  • Jpeazify says:

    John Perkins severely misrepresented the view of Milton Friedman. Milton Friedman would NOT be in favor of this so called "predatory capitalism" which is not capitalism whatsoever

  • Indra Pun says:


  • Finger Food says:

    Lol yes down to zero, while North Korea and Iran are just getting started lol defiantly not. A world power would not be the one to cause one it would be a small country newbie or a country that's small enough to invade. Which doesnt have the ability to protect it.

  • GamesGirlsMovies says:

    Why is no one talking about how he looks exactly like George bush 😭

  • Ogas on top says:

    And yall wondering why people are coming into the usa, yalll help them destroy other peoples country

  • Eduardo Mata says:

    WOW ! God Bless him.

  • Eduardo Mata says:

    WOW ! God Bless him.

  • Rizwan Ahmed says:

    Death to the CIA and the NSA.


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