An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity

Predatory capitalism is not working. John Perkins calls everyone to action.

Jun 24, 2016

Predatory capitalism or is not working. (watch the video below)

"In one hand I have millions of dollars for you if you play our game, in another hand I have  a gun in case you decide not to", this is simplified version of Economic Hitman's talk.

"...The US has less than 5% of world's population, but consumes 30% of world's resources..." - this is the reality.

John Perkins said at 14:50: "There is always a story behind the story... Our democracy depends on the transparency, it depends on understanding the story behind the story. It demands that you and I look for the story, it demands that we question our leaders, and our government's policies. That is the patriotic thing to do."

John Perkins describes the methods he used to bribe and threaten the heads of state of countries on four continents in order to create a global empire and he reveals how the leaders who did not “play the game" were assassinated or overthrown.

He brings us up to date about the way the economic hit man system has spread from developing countries to the US, Europe, and the rest of the world and offers a strategy for turning this around.

“Each of us," he says, “can participate in this exciting revolution.

We can transform a system that is consuming itself into extinction into one that is sustainable and regenerative."

John's books, including The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, have sold over a million copies, spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists, and are published in more than 30 languages.

As Chief Economist at a major consulting firm, his experiences advising the World Bank, UN, IMF, U.S. government, Fortune 500 corporations, and heads of state convinced him to devote his life to facilitating changes in social, political, and economic systems, as well as in general consciousness.

He was founder and CEO of a highly successful alternative energy company and is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofits dedicated to creating a sustainable, just, peaceful, and thriving world.

John's courage in writing his books and speaking out against his former bosses exemplifies the courage shown by our Founding Fathers and Mothers when they stood up to the British Empire.

Like them, John defied threats and bribes and took action.

Predatory capitalism or is not only not working it will like imperialism collapse - but you and I are not in the Arche then.

So, better listen to knowledge, wisdom and good advice ... and get active!


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