Date: February 26, 2010
Department: Office of Campus and Community Sustainability
John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, will make an appearance at UMass Dartmouth on Monday, March 1.
A renowned economist, philanthropist, and controversial author, John Perkins is promoting his latest book, Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded--And What We Need To Do To Remake Them. Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics that details steps for creating a sustainable and peaceful world. Drawing on personal experiences described in his books, John Perkins explains how four decades of corporate greed in developing countries has enabled the extremely rich to purchase businesses and real estate at fire sale prices and exploit human and natural resources. Perkins will talk about how to transforming the world economy.
As an economic hit man (EHM) for 10 years, John Perkins coerced Third World countries into taking enormous loans for infrastructure development and guaranteeing that the development projects were contracted to U.S. corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel. Once these countries became crippled with debt, the U.S. government and allied international aid agencies took control of these economies, ensuring that oil and other resources would go to building a global empire. His job as an economic hit man helped further U.S. foreign policy and corporate power through the blackmail of foreign leaders.
John Perkins remained silent about his past for decades until the events of 9/11 convinced him he needed to speak out. Knowing that EHMs are more prominent today than ever before, he felt an obligation to expose his insider knowledge about the roles the U.S. government, multinational "aid" organizations, and corporations have played in bringing the world to a place where such an event could happen.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), spent nearly a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller lists. It is a startling exposé of international corruption and exploitation of Third World countries by corporations, banks, and the United States government. 2007's The Secret History of the American Empire was also a New York Times bestseller.
John Perkins is also founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit.
John Perkins' presentation will begin at 7PM in the Campus Center Auditorium. For more information, contact Susan Jennings, Director of the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability for UMass Dartmouth, at (508) 910-6484. You can also check out johnperkins.org.