John Perkins : Corporatocracy and global empire (english) [2008]

00100aJohn Perkins worked as Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, advising the World Bank, the UN, the IMF, the U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations and countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. During that time John worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies.

His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies and were bestsellers translated in over 30 languages. John’s "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list) exposes international corruption in politics and the corporate world. His "The Secret History of the American Empire" details the clandestine operations that lead to the world’s first truly global empire. His latest book "Hoodwinked" is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. John details specific steps which can lead us towards a sustainable, just and peaceful world.

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This interview from 2008 was provided for free on the Zeitgeist Movement's Youtube Channel.

Time stamps for this interview :

0:00:10 Defining the Corporatocracy, the revolving door policy
0:04:00 Defining an Economic Hitman, creating a global empire (highly recommended)
0:06:25 The assassination of Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, President of Guatemala
0:07:50 The assassination of Jaime Roldós Aguilera, President of Ecuador (recommended)
0:11:20 The assassination of Salvador Allende, President of Chile
0:13:20 The assassination of Omar Torrijos, President of Panama (recommended)
0:16:00 Killing Manuel Noriega (Panama) together with 2000 civilians (highly recommended)
0:20:35 Replacing Mohammad Mosaddegh (President of Iran) with a dictator (highly recommended)
0:23:20 Hugo Chavez (President of Venezuela) as key figure for a democratic revolution
0:27:15 Saddam Hussein (President of Irak), Military as the last option
0:30:30 The "divide and conquer"-principle, chaos as a tool, Africa (recommended)
0:34:25 Causality, Problems resulting from destoying the economies of poor countries
0:36:00 Top military people don't want war, corporations want war (recommended)
0:37:25 Desperate people : "Guerillas", "communists", "terrorists" (highly recommended)
0:43:50 Replacing the Gold Standard with the Oil Standard
0:48:00 Energy and consumption, oil as an instrument of control
0:51:40 Reflections, transforming the empire
0:54:20 Greed as a measure of "success", maximizing profit at any cost
0:58:25 Sustainability - Absurd question : Should we become sustainable ?
1:02:00 Fate of Coincidence, how to react to coincidence, future generations
1:04:45 Change - How to make the world a better place ? (recommended)
1:08:15 End of interview


Additional information :

In another interview from 2007 John Perkins talks in more detail about his past as an economic hitman.


In a lecture from May 2012 John talks about his time as development aid worker in South America, his take on the current global crisis and his insights into the Mayan Calender and the year 2012, which he learned from Mayan elders during his visits :