John Perkins’ 2004 book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” spent 73 weeks on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list and has been translated into 32 languages.
The 2016 update, “New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” brought the story of economic hit men and jackal assassins up to date and chillingly home to the U.S.
Perkins’ latest book, Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear into Action to Change Your Life and the World, details how shamanism, learned in the rain forests of Ecuador, converted him from an “economic hit man” to an activist for transforming what he calls a “failing Death Economy” into a thriving “Life Economy.”
So what is, exactly, an “economic hit man”?
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In “Confessions,” Perkins described economic hit men (EHMs) as “highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign ‘aid’ organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.”
Perkins explained, “I could go to a leader and I could say, ‘Hey, in this hand I’ve got, in today’s terms it would be billions of dollars, for you and your family. You’re going to make a lot of money if you take this on. And if you decide not to, in this hand I got a gun.’”