by J.D. Heyes
February 16, 2012
Mike Adams sat down recently with John Perkins, a
self-styled "economic hitman" and best-selling author who says his mission
"is to do everything I possibly can to create a sustainable, just,
and peaceful world for my grandson, Grant" - a task he insists will require, "the creation of such a world for every
child born on every inch of this planet."
Along with NaturalNews Hour host Jonathan
Landsman, Adams talked about the content of Perkins' newest bestseller,
"Hoodwinked", which involves the state of the global economy, the changing
atmosphere of world politics, and what John believes is in store for the
United States and the world in 2012.
During the hour-long interview, Perkins - who has spent much of his life as
a the CEO of a number of major companies, as well as a teacher
and writer -
described an economic hitman as someone who has helped,
"create the world's first truly global
empire," in that "it's an empire that has been created for the first
time in history [...] not through the military but through economic
Perkins says the way economic hit men operate,
primarily, is by identifying a country whose resources the corporation they
lead covet (such as oil),
"then arrange a huge loan to that country" via the
World Bank or some other global financial organization, but "the money never
actually goes to the country."
It's a Family Affair -
Rather, he says, it goes to,
"big multinational corporations to build
infrastructure projects" - things like power plants and industrial parks
- "that benefit a few of the wealthy families in the country but don't
help the majority of the people."
The multinationals, however, are the biggest
beneficiaries. And the deals are made in such a way that the
nation doing the borrowing can't really afford to repay the loans.
point, Perkins says, the multinationals cut a deal, which, of course,
further enhances their own wealth.
"The [multinationals] say, 'Hey, you know,
since you can't repay your debt, why don't you sell us your oil (or
whatever commodity is in play) without any [social or environmental
restrictions or demands] or vote with us on some critical United Nations
vote, or allow us to build a military base on your soil, or send troops
in support of ours in Afghanistan or Iraq or someplace...'"
"in the few cases where we fail"
and are not able to convince countries to go along to get along, "the jackals go in and these are the people
that overthrow governments or assassinate their leaders..."
Perkins went on to say that, "in the few cases
where the jackals fail," as in Iraq with Saddam Hussein, then the military
is eventually sent in.
Such is the manner of empire.
Maintaining the Status
Later in the interview, the Health Ranger talks about,
"real revolution which
serves the people," in which he discusses with Perkins the current political
environment, where, "even talk of challenging the status quo is
considered by some people [as] conspiring with terrorists."
In summing up his discussion, Adams speculates
the powers that be are attempting to stifle any talk of real change.
"Absolutely," Perkins said, "and I'm so glad
that it's happening, because you know what? That tells us that we're
"You don't get a backlash unless you're being successful," Perkins