The Economic Hit Man has a message for young people. But Boulder kids have already heard it.

Via Caroline Clark
on Feb 22, 2010
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John Perkins, the (former) Economic Hitman

Last week, the University of Colorado’s Model United Nations brought Economic Hitman, John Perkins back to Boulder to address the students on what we do today. The author of bestselling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man faced murmurs of controversy in the crowd. After all, he made big money fucking over developing countries in the 70s and now is cashing in on exposing what a dirty, rotten practice it was. I am glad to hear he is heavily involved with non-profit work these days, and at least he is spreading a good message.

The only problem is…I’ve already spent most of my life trying to live by this message.

This is what he advised:

1. follow passion, not money
2. exercise your consumer right. in today’s capitalist society, a purchase from a specific company may be more important than a vote. (boycott unsustainable, unfair practices).
3. it’s up to me.

…I grew up on these words. Suffice to say, my mind was not blown.

But instead of griping about stale inspiration, instead I should be thankful for the fact that I find this advice to be rather trite. For once these words emit a collective “duuuuh” among the masses of young people, it may well indicate that our society has turned around!!


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3 Responses to “The Economic Hit Man has a message for young people. But Boulder kids have already heard it.”

  1. Hi, Caroline.

    I don't think I'm going to read this book, but your article left me hungry for a little more information. Could you tell us more about the book, or direct me to a good review?


    Bob Weisenberg

  2. LiliF says:

    It's a really great book – you should read it. He describes his (successful) career working for high-powered international consulting firms that were "advising" developing countries but really just setting them up to be milked by our corporations. Then there are the "jackals" the CIA assassins that come in when national leaders balk at doing what we want them to do. What's unusual view is the insider view. The updated take on this is "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein – also see "When Corporations Rule the World by David Korten, another high-powered, disillusioned international development advisor.

  3. Nathan says:

    Do you really live by these principles? Do you really think that our society has turned around? A collective "duuuh" only indicates snobbery. If privileged Boulder-kids got off their high horse, maybe they would actually make a difference.