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Confessions of an Economic Hitman

May 2nd, 2010

Confessions of an Economic Hit ManI finished John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, as well as some lighter reading, on the way to and from London a few weeks ago. To be quite honest, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read it, I definitely recommend it.

If you were ever curious about how global empire is maintained in the 20th and in to the 21st centuries, this book will probably tie up a lot of loose ends for you. If you were ever curious about why people all over the globe hate the American government, this book will make sense of it all.

It’s the type of stories you hear from conspiracy theorists and categorically reject as crazy and implausible, like how the World Bank and the IMF, in collusion with big businesses, conspire to keep the third world poor, to exploit their human and natural resources for profit, and suppress any popular dissent.

Here’s Anti-flag song of the same name, inspired by Perkins’ book.

…Abrenz, Mossadeq, Allende
Roldos, Torrijos, Aristide
Elected democratically,
All snuffed out by the CIA
The truth will cause your heart to seize,
Shed light on the true enemies…



  • JC Hewitt says on: May 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm


    It’s a beautiful book.

    I also note how the consequence of complicity to evil is insanity, from his description of shamanist visions later on in the book.

    If you’re curious about the intelligence agencies, I must recommend James Bamford’s books. He demystifies how the agencies actually operate. As you might expect, they differ little from other government agencies in their ineptitude and brutality.

    All the Shah’s Men by Stephen Kinzer is also excellent.

    Democracy may rely on force, but it’s at least more bureaucratic and predictable than naked tyranny. The only function of the CIA is to destroy civil society, wherever it operates.

    • David Z says on: May 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm


      not sure how, but this ended up in my spam queue. sorry for that :)

  • JC Hewitt says on: May 3, 2010 at 12:11 am


    It’s a fantastic book.

    As a companion, I’d suggest William Easterly’s The White Man’s Burden – now out of print after a short run, but I think it’s still on Kindle. Buried, as usual.

    James Bamford has written many lucid books about the intelligence agencies. He demystifies them.

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