Economic Hit Man Hits San Miguel
By Rob Lerner
“Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign aid organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was an EHM.”
Benefit Lecture by Bestselling Author John Perkins
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Fri, Feb 12, 11am
Real de Minas Ballroom
US$25 or 390 pesos
Available on line at
at the Saturday Organic Market,
or at Bellas Artes on February 4 from 2–4pm
The event is a benefit for Caminos de Aqua
—John Perkins, 2004
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
International bestselling author and global change agent John Perkins will be in town to deliver a keynote address at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference on Friday, February 12 at 11am in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom. The event, which is a benefit for Caminos de Agua (formerly CATIS-Mexico), marks the release of Perkins’ latest book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man—an updated and expanded telling of the murky machinations behind global corporations and how they manipulate markets and nations to maintain their stranglehold on wealth, power, and natural resources.
I first read the original Confessions … shortly after its release 12 years ago and it felt as though an awful truth that I’d long suspected had been spoken out loud. And nothing happened. The inconvenient truths that Perkins disclosed of regime-toppling subterfuges and blatant criminality went largely unpunished, barely even noted in the conventional media.
Perkins is back and once again speaking truth to power, this time with greater urgency than ever for today’s Internet-connected world. “For the first time in history every human being faces the same crises, including climate change, diminishing resources, and economic inequality,” declares Perkins. “By recognizing that the marketplace is a democratic voting booth, we the people have the power to demand new goals that are focused on generating a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.”
Benefit for Caminos de Agua
Perkins’ appearance at the Writers’ Conference is a benefit event for the nonprofit Caminos de Agua, dedicated to promoting healthier, more prosperous lives through practical sustainable solutions. As Caminos de Agua executive director Dylan Terrell explains, “Our new name reflects our focus on water issues, because this is where we have core expertise and where we can have the greatest positive impact.” For 2016, Caminos de Agua is focused on arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated water supplies, a technical challenge that traditional water filters can’t touch. Unsustainable over-extraction by commercial agriculture has forced wells deep into mineral-laden substrates—a situation that is becoming more acute every year. Many outlying communities’ sole source of water contains many times WHO limits for arsenic and fluoride, a toxic cocktail known to cause dental fluorosis in kids and painful skeletal fluorosis, developmental disabilities, organ failure, and cancer in longer term consumers. For more information and how you can help, go to caminosdeagua.org.
Mr. Perkins will be on hand to sign copies of his new book following his keynote. This event is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets pronto! Available on the Writers’ Conference website (sanmiguelwritersconference.org); at the Caminos de Agua information table at the Saturday Organic Market; or at the Literary Sala in Bellas Artes on February 4 from 2 to 4pm. In addition, Caminos de Agua and the Center for Global Justice are jointly hosting “A Conversation with John Perkins” on Tuesday, February 9, at 1pm (cost 200 pesos) in Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca. Radio Via Organica will feature an interview with Perkins (in Spanish) on Tuesday, February 16, at 12:15pm.