source and with video: Carl Herman, Examiner.com
I previously shared an interview with the “Economic Hitman,” John Perkins; a former Chief Economist and multi-Bestselling author. The sharpest video for what Perkins has to say is this widely-viewed and well-animated two-minute version on the left.
My conclusions of political and economic work over the last 30 years is that Perkins’ explanation of US foreign policy interest to exploit developing countries rather than help them is accurate and why US political leadership chooses to not empower developing countries. Perkins’ work is also supported by the explanations of IMF and World Bank Chief Economists Simon Johnson (bestselling author and now at MIT) and Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel laureate, bestselling author, and at Columbia).
Here’s my 30 years’ experience for your thoughtful consideration:
I teach US History, Advanced Placement (AP) US Government and AP Macroeconomics. As a “hobby,” I helped grow the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, that led to two UN Summits (1990 World Summit for Children - the largest meeting of heads of state in world history - and the 1997 Microcredit Summit - topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize). US political leadership of both parties reneged on each and every public and private promise to act for ending poverty from these two UN summits. Leadership rejects saving a million children’s lives each month despite the fact that in every historical case it also reduces population growth rates and environmental resource strain, and at an investment of 0.7% GNI for ending poverty. The American public, when polled, are willing to contribute 10% of their income to the very poorest, and microcredit ends poverty while making a profit. I shifted my “hobby” to research and follow the money.
We know for sure that ending poverty is not the priority because US political leadership chooses not to act in that area beyond empty rhetoric and token funding as ~30,000 children die each and every day from preventable poverty (microcredit was the topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, but still isn’t powerfully supported). We also know that there is zero academic or professional dissent that poverty can be ended because the solutions have all been successful in various locations; and that the positive externalities for population growth reduction, terrorism reduction, resource preservation powerfully join the normative economic argument that saving a million children’s lives every month should be done.
Importantly, our experience from two UN Summits powerfully demonstrated that corporate media had zero interest in exposing the gap between political leadership’s flowery rhetoric to end poverty and their votes for token funding. In fact, corporate media seemed to us as a propaganda arm consciously acting to disinform the American public with how easy poverty could be ended. This was a difficult conclusion, but after 18 years of data the obvious one to make. I explain and document the most poignant facts here, including CIA Director disclosure to the US Senate that corporate media does exactly that.
As always (and my personal motto): res ipsa loquitur, the facts speak for themselves. My current work is most strongly represented in the following two papers; first in my “academic/professional voice,” and the second in my “citizen voice.” My bottom line is open and public revolution. Revolution is the only policy route I see available to Americans who choose limited government under the law. The easiest areas to explain, document, and prove the “emperor has no clothes” obvious crimes Americans currently suffer under (with just-as-obvious complicity from corporate media that I document) are Wars of Aggression nowhere close to lawful, and trillions of dollars in criminal economic fraud. These crimes are killing millions of human beings, and causing pain, destruction, and suffering to human beings in the magnitude of trillions of dollars every year.
Today’s causes for revolution dwarf those from 1776.
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