Citizen Radio

Episode #458 (Originally aired 12/23/09) Citizen Radio interviews author, activist, and former Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, for the full hour!


As an EHM (Economic Hit Man), Perkins's job was to convince Third World countries to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development—loans that were much larger than needed—and to guarantee that the development projects were contracted to U.S. corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel.

Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the U.S. government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able to control these economies and to ensure that oil and other resources were channeled to serve the interests of building a global empire.

Perkins is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and the new book, Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded--and What We Need to Do to Remake Them. 

Also check out Perkins' website (http://www.johnperkins.org/) and add him on Twitter (http://twitter.com/economic_hitman).

He joins Citizen Radio for the full hour to discuss his job as an EHM, US-led assassinations, his accurate predictions that Iceland's economy would collapse, the dangers of hyper-Capitalism and global Corporatism (including how America's domestic banks, the IMF, and The World Bank enslave people with debt,) and the EHMs' treatment of Iran, Bolivia, and Venezuela.

Perkins shares the success stories of people fighting corporate takeovers like the Bolivians' fight with Bechtel, the huge corporation that privatized Bolivia’s water supply, the lawsuit Ecuadorians have filed against Texaco, which has since been purchased by Chevron, and Latin and South America's social revolutions that reject predatory Capitalism.

Finally, Perkins explains why government regulation is important, how Obama's economic team are "scum," China's role in the new world, and what citizens can do to make Capitalism more egalitarian and humane.

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Episode #457 Obama administration denies Keystone permit, updates on Occupy, Jamie's therapy corner, 16-year-old atheist harassed for filing First Amendment suit.

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Episode #456 Rania Khalek (@raniakhalek) joins the show to dicuss her article about how states are becoming mini-police states in anticipation of the RNC and DNC. Also, Holly (@paperholly) is back with another installment of "Meanwhile, In Australia," and Jamie celebrates the SOPA blackout day.

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Episode #455 Citizen Radio field report on candlelight vigil honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, including class and labor struggles, 4 months of Occupy Wall Street, updates on Occupy Nigeria, SOPA, and PIPA.

Featured guest: Jamie's angst

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Episode #454 Comedian and author Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) tells tales of poor life decisions and growing up as an angry kid/adult in New Jersey.

Check out Gethard's awesome new book, A Bad Idea I'm About To Do.

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Episode #453 Allison interviews Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce, directors of "We're Not Broke" (http://werenotbrokemovie.com,)  a documentary about US Uncut, the movement that helped spark Occupy Wall Street, Jesse Myerson (@JAMyerson) reports on the Supreme campaign, an Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated, and the New York Times public editor wonders if his journalists should report the facts.

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Episode #452 Occupy Wall Street reclaims Zuccotti park, Citizen Radio plays "12-year-old student's civics essay or Wolf Blizter blog post?," Big Ag is worried about scaring us off of meat and milk, and finally a discussion on class war (66% of Americans believe there are "very strong" or "strong" conflicts between rich and poor in the country).

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Episode #451 Ten year anniversary of Guantanamo, Jamie celebrates his second birthday, reports of a mass suicide threat by workers at Xbox plant in China, and more Listener mail.

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Episode #450 US ambassador threatens Spain to enforce anti-piracy laws, Microsoft GPS helps users "avoid the ghetto," MSNBC vague on return of Pat Buchanan, several Teamsters locals have been striking --some for over a year-- and no one has seemed to notice, plus lots more mail.

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Episode #449 Citizen Radio discusses hacking, life failures (and why they're okay,) Guatemala shantytowns, Occupy, veganism, and more.

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