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Updated on August 29, 2017

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

When corporations become more powerful than government, this sad situation is sometimes referred to as a 'corporatocracy' or 'an empire without an emperor'. John Perkins reveals his own personal experience in this controversial book where he describes his experiences over ten years as an economic hit man.

He reveals his own assistance to the US in the role of 'hit man' to do whatever it took to persuade leaders of other countries to ignore their campaign promises and thereby allow the US to exploit profit from their natural resources, especially oil.

His concern is that by exploiting in this way, we blow apart the very same principals that made the US great. There is a system failure here, especially with regard to freedom and resources and pollution. He insists that we must transform the empire to regain the principles of our forefathers and for future generations.

Interview with John Perkins - The Economic Hit Man - A Quick Peak

John Perkins gives his perspective about government corrupton in 2012.

Interview with John Perkins about current government corruption (2012).

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What is Corporatocracy?

When Corporations are the REAL Power - NOT Government!

John Perkins frequently uses the term 'corporatocracy', loosely defined as power given to US corporate entities to maximize 'profit before people', even when that involves controlling the resources of foreign countries via threats of murder delivered by 'hit men' like himself.

He cites many real-life examples of such actions in his books, incidents when the US ordered 'hit men' like himself to threaten, then shoot or assassinate newly elected leaders of other countries in order to control resources, especially oil.

He describes 'corporatocracy' as a situation with an 'empire without an emperor' whereby corporate sources have the real power in the USA over our economy, our resources and our debt.

"For a hundred years corporation was allowed to get a charter unless it could prove that it served the public interest. And charters came up for renewal every ten years or so. They didn't get a renewal unless they could prove they served the public interest. That all changed with a Supreme Court ruling that made corporations equivalent to individuals in the late 1880s, and then John D. Rockefeller stepped in and really took things-made things go out of hand." ~John Perkins

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Video Interview with John Perkins - about "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man"

End the Fed Speech - Excellent! - October 2011 Occupy Wall Street

This young man is very well-spoken and tells it just the way it is, precisely WHY we must END THE FED. Well worth a listen.


Could Obama be a Victim of Economic Hit Men?

Could that be why he's broken every campaign promise?

Could Obama be another victim of 'economic hit men'? He's doing quite the opposite of all those 'changes' promised in his campaign. Consider these words from Barack Obama in 2002:

"What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks... to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income?-- to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."

Yet not only do we remain at war in Iran, Libya and Afganistan, but now Syria? Hmmm...

A mind-boggling reality check about Capitalism, Democracy and Corporatocracy in the US.

DUEL: Your Take in a Debate about Capitalism VS Corporatacracy? - Add your take with a comment.

Has Capitalism become a system of profit before people?

The jackal whispers,

"I remind this pocket

I have a couple of million dollars

and in this pocket I have a gun."

ie. Change your campaign promises

or die. You choose.

Confessions Of An Economic Hitman - on

The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World
The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World

The revealing true story about the experiences of John Perkins as a CIA agent in the United States.


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What Can We Do?

Perkins suggests that we have the resources to change (the economy, poverty, etc) so that our children will grow up in a peaceful world. He cites examples of effective actions by organizations such as:

Rainforest Action Network (RAN),

Move On

Amnesty International

Democracy Now

All of the above were able to incite changes in huge corporations who were exploiting the resources of other countries.


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      MAbdulsater 5 years ago

      Thank you for the informative lens. It's about time somebody drew people's attention to what's really going on behind political doors.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      What really happened dot com - is the place to really know what is going on in the USA today.