The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hitmen, Jackals, and How To Change the World, by John Perkins, author of Confessions of An Economic Hitman. Interesting book for philanthropists and social change activists. It shows in great circumstantial detail how Perkins and other Economic Hitmen have disrupted foreign governments by fair means and foul on behalf of what he calls "the corporatocracy," what C.A. Fitts calls, "the tapeworm," or what we here revere as Wealth Bondage. (He said he did it for the "money, power and sex.") He shows how resource-rich third world nations are subverted around the globe by getting them to borrow more than they can repay, then funneling the money to US corporations for massive projects benefiting mostly the country's rich. To make the payments they must eventually privatize and sell off the country's public goods. To make local officials compliant means used include a share of the plunder, access to hookers (followed by blackmail), and selective assassination. After demonstrating that corruption is systemic, and backed by murderous force, in league with secretive government agencies, Perkins somehow lands on the idea that citizen action groups will organize and bring the corporatocracy to an awakening of conscience. His site is that of a do-gooder. I did not find that change of heart or his action plan too convincing, but the good news that I took from the book is that assassination is used only as a last resort for political leaders or for civil society activists. Before killing you, they generally offer money, power, and hookers. For myself, a bribe would be sufficient, if it allows me to go into philanthropy.
On another note, look at his picture. A reasonably educated and presentable guy. Why did he have to subvert entire countries to get beautiful women for hire? I mean $300 bucks was that hard to find? I could get him 20% off in Wealth Bondage if he drops by on Wednesday, our slowest night. When he comes downstairs, he could give a lecture on "How to Change the World," before we have our Transvestites dance the polka in honor of our former Board Member, J. Edgar Hoover.