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The Corporation and Economic Hit Men

I watched The Corporation for free on YouTube yesterday. I wanted to know what all the hype about this film was.

I found a provocative documentary reminding me of Zeitgeist, but with facts.

For those of us living in a corporate world, this is a must-see, just as The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a must read.

 These both outline corporate globalization. The documentary is easy to watch, and the book reads like a story, making it significantly more interesting than many evaluations on macro-economics and the effects on the world.

These evaluate problems with the system, how these problems are affecting all individuals and communities around the world, and some concepts for positive change.

These raise provocative questions like:

Is there anything not affected by globalization? 

Is corporate capitalism working? 

Was I branded as a child? 

Photo from Charting the Course, a parenting organization. Click image for more.

I’d argue that branding a child with hours in front of TV has worse long-term effects than spanking does. That’s just a hypothesis.

Also mentioned in The Corporation is that naggy children are more likely to get what they want. Can you grow out of that?

Read it. Watch it. Then, let’s talk. Let’s do something about this.

Here’s a favorite section of John Perkin’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

“Today, we still have slave traders. They no longer find it necessary to march into the forests of Africa looking for prime specimens who will bring top dollar on the auction blocks of Charleston, Cartagena, and Havana. They simply recruit desperate people and build a factory to produce the jackets, blue jeans, tennis shoes, automobile parts, computer components, and thousands of other items they can sell in the markets of their choosing. Or they may elect not even to own the factory themselves; instead they hire a local businessman to do all the dirty work for them. 

These men and women think of themselves as upright. They return to their homes with photographs of quaint sites and ancient ruins, to show their children. They attend seminars where they pat each other on the back and exchange tidbits of advice about dealing with the eccentricities of customs in far-off lands. Their bosses hire lawers who assure them that what they are doing is perfectly legal. They have a cadre of psychotherapists and other human resource experts at their disposal to convince them that they are helping those desperate people. 

The old-fashioned slave trader told himself that he was dealing with a species that was not entirely human, and that he was offering them the opportunity to become Christianized. He also understood that slaves were fundamental to the survival of his own society, that they were the foundation of his economy. The modern slave trader assures herself (or himself) that the desperate people are better off earning one dollar a day than no dollars at all, and that they are receiving the opportunity to become integrated into the larger world community. She also understands that these desperate people are fundamental to the survival of her company, that they are the foundation for her own lifestyle. She never stops to think about the larger implications of what she, her lifestyle, and the economic system behind them are doing to the world – or of how they may ultimately impact her children’s future.” –John Perkins, p.212-213, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

[Here’s a link to order this book to your local library with WorldCat]

Thoughts? Questions?


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  1. Daniel Shinabarger on said:

    I watched that a while ago actually. I had my own thoughts. I think I even wrote them down somewhere.

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