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Economic Hitmen

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We economic hit men have managed to create the world's first truly global empire. And it's basically a secret empire. We do it in many ways, but principally, we identify a country that has resources that corporations covet, like oil, arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sisters. The money never actually goes to the country; it goes to our own corporations to build the infrastructure projects in that country that help a few very wealthy people, but don't benefit the majority of the people, who are too poor to buy electricity or have cars to drive on the highways. And yet, they're left holding a huge debt that they can't repay. So we go back at some point and say, "You know, you can't pay your debts. Give us a pound of flesh... ...Sell your oil real cheap to our oil companies... ...Vote with us on the next critical UN vote... Allow us to build a military base in your backyard." Something along these lines. And when we fail, the Jackals go in and either overthrow or assasinate these leaders. And if the Jackals fail, as they did in Iraq, then we send in the military. I don't think the failure is capitalism. I think it's the specific kind of capitalism that we've developed. We've created what I consider a mutant, viral form of capitalism. And this mutant form of capitalism, which I think is really a predatory form of capitalism, has created extremely unstable, unsustainable, unjust and very, very dangerous world. I've met a lot of terrorists. I've interviewed them for books. I've never met one who wanted to be a terrorist. They're desperate people. If we want to get rid of terrorism, we must get rid of the root causes, that cancer that is destroying our whole system. Because I think it's really important that we understand today we cannot have homeland security unless we understand that the whole planet is our homeland.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 8 seconds
Country: Turkey
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Producer: Studio Joho
Views: 326
Posted by: byztpc on Sep 29, 2011

Animation to a speech by John Perkins, writer of the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman

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