Ending Endless Wars
For over 500 years, the European and American colonial powers have waged wars -- some undeclared -- against the peoples of this hemisphere and elsewhere. The 20th century opened with WWI and WWII, muddled through the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, and closed with the Cold War. An escalating "War on Terror" has dominated us since 2001, with no sign of ending -- and now threatens our own freedoms.
While wars were declared in the name of Christianity and democracy, former "economic hitman" John Perkins says they serve the needs of the endlessly expanding economy. Perkins has regretted his role and now works to support the shamanic cultures of the Amazon and Andes. Several books and a DVD explain his conversion.
The quest for petroleum drives many wars as well as the destruction of the Amazon.
There are 8 video interviews with John Perkins by Democracy Now from 2004 to 2009.
The 2-part interview below is from 2010.
The Democracy Now site says:
"John Perkins is the author of several books including Confessions of an Economic Hitmen and The Secret History of the American Empire which details the workings of an invisible empire whose sword was debt. He details how as a private consultant, he helped the WB/IMF to enslave Third World countries through debt, corruption and military invasion so that western corporations could exploit their people and resources.
Perkins was chief economist of the international consulting firm Chas. T. Main and founder and chief executive officer of Independent Power Systems, a United States energy company committed to producing electricity with environmentally beneficial technologies. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, and Fortune 500 corporations; lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East; studied with indigenous prophets and shamans; and taught at universities and learning centers on four continents.
A graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Administration, he served in the Peace Corps in the late 1960s and as United States Representative to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency in the 1970s.
Perkins is one of the world’s foremost authorities on shamanism and shapeshifting. Trained since 1968 to bring ancient wisdom to the contemporary world, he leads tours to the Amazon, Andes, and Himalayas. He is founder of Dream Change, a worldwide grassroots movement of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds dedicated to shifting consciousness and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Perkins is author of several books on shamanism, including Shapeshifting; The World Is As You Dream It; Spirit of the Shuar, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and the New York Times bestsellers, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire. He has been featured on ABC Television and the A&E and History networks, and in Time, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and many other publications."