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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
By John Perkins

Ok this has been forwarded to me and I thought I'd share it with the forum members who seem to be fairly politically minded.

I was going to try and actually write down a summary but it's going to take me a while... but after further online research [quick google search], I came across this! Wiki!!! And this guy John Perkins!

Anyway here is the link to the original video forwarded to me which obviously was targeted at an arabian speaking countries (hence the subtitles).

I am now left wondering after the dust settles in North Africa and the Middle East, wil the Western developed world try and grow itself out of the recession by convinicing all of these countries that they need their help or do you think it will all blow up in their faces so to speak? Is bad news in the Middle East and North Africa really good news for Europe and the USA?

I now came across the same thing on youtube so here it is as it's probably better viewed without the subtitles and I can attach more parts to the documentry here...

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Old 17.06.2011, 10:52
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Re: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

This is a great book - one of many I would heartily recommend to anyone who wishes to understand how the world is.

Very interesting when he talks about "this aberrant group behaviour that feels no compassion"! Did you know that this tendency has a name? You might find these books interesting...

http://www.amazon.com/Political-Pone...8300698&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Snakes-Suits-W.../dp/0060837721

http://www.amazon.com/Psychopath-Tes...8300654&sr=1-1
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This is a great book - one of many I would heartily recommend to anyone who wishes to understand how the world is.

Very interesting when he talks about "this aberrant group behaviour that feels no compassion"! Did you know that this tendency has a name?
What's that then?
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Re: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

It's the subject of the three books I linked: psychopathy. The up-to-5% of the population who are born without conscience....

Quick primer (& puff piece for his book) from Jon Ronson:

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It's the subject of the three books I linked: psychopathy.
Yeh that's what I thought you meant but that subject in itself is a highly contentious one. The fact is all of these people might not necessarily be born without a conscience but rather, have moments where they have lapses of conscience which is overriden by greed, lust for power or some sort of physical or mental gratification that would lead them to step over their conscience time and time again until this routine becomes second nature like someone holding their breath for a long time under water (for lack of a better analogy)...

Anyway I'm not a big book reader or collecter I thank you for the links which I'm sure will be very useful to someone interested in the subject.

What is your view on the world then having read those books? Different perspective do you think? Or maybe some exagerated analysis / anecdotal recount?
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Old 17.06.2011, 13:16
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Re: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

There's a very large difference between psychopathy and sociopathy. in this instance, you would be discussing the latter not the former.
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It's the subject of the three books I linked: psychopathy. The up-to-5% of the population who are born without conscience....
Only 5% you say...
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Yeh that's what I thought you meant but that subject in itself is a highly contentious one. The fact is all of these people might not necessarily be born without a conscience but rather, have moments where they have lapses of conscience which is overriden by greed, lust for power or some sort of physical or mental gratification that would lead them to step over their conscience time and time again until this routine becomes second nature like someone holding their breath for a long time under water (for lack of a better analogy)...

Anyway I'm not a big book reader or collecter I thank you for the links which I'm sure will be very useful to someone interested in the subject.

What is your view on the world then having read those books? Different perspective do you think? Or maybe some exagerated analysis / anecdotal recount?
Nope, they really are different. Born this way, to quote Lady Gaga.

Personally, I think the world makes perfect sense when you understand that psychopaths naturally gravitate to positions of power. Only once the majority of folks understand this point will anything change for the better.
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Re: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

On Swiss roads there are more than 5% cyclepaths...
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There's a very large difference between psychopathy and sociopathy. in this instance, you would be discussing the latter not the former.
So you're saying that psychopathy is innate and sociopathy is learned pscyhopathy? Does it matter in the end if it's nurtured or natured if the end game is the same? Anyway I guess it doesn't matter either way...
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Personally, I think the world makes perfect sense when you understand that psychopaths naturally gravitate to positions of power. Only once the majority of folks understand this point will anything change for the better.
I think that's a big statement there... from what I know psychopaths naturally gravitate to positions of criminality and wind up in jails or sectioned under the mental health act!
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On Swiss roads there are more than 5% cyclepaths...
Terrible very amusing though...
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On Swiss roads there are more than 5% cyclepaths...
No, those are not psychopaths, they suffer from autoism. They have an imparied social interaction and communication towards other road user, especially motorists.
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So you're saying that psychopathy is innate and sociopathy is learned pscyhopathy? Does it matter in the end if it's nurtured or natured if the end game is the same? Anyway I guess it doesn't matter either way...
Not at all, though yes psychopathy is typically innate while sociopathic tendencies can be learned.

A psychopath knows no difference. They have, as stated "no conscience".

A sociopath on the other hand does know the difference, but does it anyway.

Edit: The point of the differentiation is because they must be handled differently - they aren't actually the same thing.
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I think that's a big statement there... from what I know psychopaths naturally gravitate to positions of criminality and wind up in jails or sectioned under the mental health act!
And this is what most people think. But, sadly they do. It's all that utterly ruthless evil Machiavellian cunning and supernatural (if superficial) charm, you see...
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