Book: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins


“Economic hit men,” John Perkins writes, “are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.”

In the book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” John Perkins walks the reader through his career at the consulting firm MAIN (Chas. T. Main Inc).  Perkins was first interviewed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and then given this job. His work as a consultant included making of financial estimations for developing countries, often deliberately overestimating their growth potential in order to justify taking large loans for infrastructure projects.

Motivation for this operation was to put the financially struggling nations deep in debt and to gain long-term political influence and financial benefit. The target countries were demanded to buy the needed construction work from US-based companies and to privatise several functions of their society in benefit of American contractors.

In Perkins’ words, they were building the American Empire.

“The Inside Story of How America Turned From a Respected Republic into a Feared Empire”

In order to achieve these goals, the Economic Hit Men played on the weaknesses of corrupt government officials and tried to corrupt the ones who had integrity. As a last resort, the US was ready to send “The Jackals”, the CIA hitmen to eliminate those whose minds could not be changed.

Some critics have accused John Perkins of being a conspiracy theorist. I did not think he was talking about a conspiracy as it is usually understood. Here we are dealing with the ugly underside of the society as we already know it. Politicians want power and want to stay in power. Big businesses want more profit without the trouble of coming up with new and innovative ways to satisfy the consumer’s needs. Corporations have the financial means to buy the needed influence by buying politicians. Those politicians in turn use the power and resources granted to them by the democratic process.

It is no wonder these two become best friends.


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