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Hoodwinked: An Economic Hitman Reveals Why the Financial Markets Imploded (2009) [audiobook+ebook]

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John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.

Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy—those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe—and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is not a "return to normal."

But there is a way out. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners (and the lobbyists they have in their pockets), but in the interests of their employees, their customers, the environment, and society at large.

We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children. Each one of us makes these choices every day, in ways that are clearly spelled out in this book.

"We hold the power," he says, "if only we recognize it." Hoodwinked is a powerful polemic that shows not only how we arrived at this precarious point in our history but also what we must do to stop the global tailspin.

File Duration
00 Title, Introduction.mp3 23m27s
01 p1 The Problem c01 Not a Fluke.mp3 25m1s
02 c02 Titans Clash- Keynes Versus Friedman.mp3 20m29s
03 c03 The First Economic Hitman.mp3 15m4s
04 c04 Iran and the Swirling Clouds.mp3 18m39s
05 c05 Mercenaries.mp3 13m49s
06 c06 Enslaved by Debt.mp3 22m19s
07 c07 Modern Robber Barons.mp3 31m55s
08 c08 The Coming Deregulation.mp3 15m30s
09 c09 The Regulation Scam.mp3 18m27s
10 c10 Fake Accounting.mp3 13m8s
11 c11 Double Standards.mp3 10m27s
12 c12 Militarized, Paper Economy.mp3 20m5s
13 p2 The Solution c13 Changing Capitalisms Goal.mp3 13m27s
14 c14 China- A Lesson in Transformation.mp3 19m40s
15 c15 David versus Goliath.mp3 10m34s
16 c16 The Burden of Melting Glaciers.mp3 7m50s
17 c17 Terror and Other isms.mp3 12m46s
18 c18 The Dalai Lama- Prayer AND Action.mp3 9m11s
19 c19 Accepting Consumer Responsibility.mp3 17m45s
20 c20 Creating a New Economy.mp3 12m40s
21 c21 Green Markets.mp3 10m20s
22 c22 Good Stewardship, New Icons.mp3 12m5s
23 c23 New Rules for Business and Government.mp3 14m46s
24 c24 Honoring Your Passion.mp3 16m33s
25 c25 Conclusion, Credits.mp3 32m27s
Total Duration 7h18m24s

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