Monday, August 9, 2010

From John Perkins: Reject Corporate-Rule in Venezuela

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Hello dear A.R.P. readers across the Americas and beyond,

If I were to publish a list of the ten WHMen I most respect, John Perkins would surely make the list. I have heard him speak, and he shows great love and compassion for everyone, even understanding how the most corrupt people are caught in systems that control them as much as they control the systems.

See *here* at for a list of his excellent eye-opening books.

He's written a great deal about corporate greed and corruption, globalisation, anti-Indigenism, the destruction of the Earth and poor people by the rich corporate leaders and their lackies, who care only about vampiric consumption of the world's resources and making a profit, while caring nothing at all about human, non-human animal, or other life on Earth. Morally bankrupt and ethically unconscious aren't sufficient terms to describe these white het men who are also hit men at the tippety-top of  the systems of atrocity they oversee.

In South America, there has been astounding success in saying a big ol' NO! to globalising corporate capitalism, which also means, necessarily, saying no to many forms of genocide and ecocide.

With varying levels of success, a form of democracy exists across the continent that has never existed in supposedly "democratic" countries like the U.S., where our elections are media-events and where the public is left without information about how federal governmental politics works, what the true agendas are, and how any candidate who makes it to the top of our two party system will likely support the oppressive status quo.

Many leaders across South America are listening to the voices of The People--marginalised people, not the ruling class, and not the Pundits and Pollsters. Over the last decades, the changes have been dramatic and unequivocally pro-human/anti-corporate globalisation, which is not to say there are human rights for all people in South America. Indigenous women activists need plenty of support. So too do Black and Brown women fighting for women's human rights against the deadly mix of white and het male supremacy.

Colombia and Venezuela--note their location in the map--are still dealing off the radar with the U.S. in ways that threaten the region, and Mexico and Haiti are among two countries in Central America that the U.S. are working to manipulate and control in various ways, including militarily and through the spread of the cancer called corporate capitalism, destroying the possibilities of local/regional economies and social justice.

Basically, the U.S. wants military bases in all of these places to then attempt to militarily control more of each region of the world. This is partly how it works, in one of those countries: the U.S. sends weapons to Mexico, which allow more drug-trade/war related murders to happen there, allegedly making the case for increasing the U.S. military presence in that country. Everywhere the U.S. military is present, women are trafficked and raped.

Below is John Perkins latest newsletter:

Reject Corporatocracy Ambitions in Venezuela

Dear Friends,

Venezuela, Colombia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Wikileaks, BP, assassination squads - these are times that try our souls (to paraphrase Tom Paine). These are times that raise our ire. These are times for action!

I receive lots of emails about the subjects listed above. In recent days I have been inundated with emails from people who believe the U.S. is about to take action against the Chavez administration in Venezuela and that the action will appear as a grass-roots movement initiated in Colombia . Many ask me to speak out against this.

I have no inside information as to whether or not this is true but I do know that Washington was elated at the election of its puppet, Juan Manuel Santos, to the presidency of Colombia, by the agreement to establish seven new U.S. military bases on Colombian soil, and that "wars on drugs" are often supported by the CIA as a way of financing its own "Black Ops" and also as an excuse for donating US military aid to countries that then are required to purchase equipment made by the corporatocracy (this model was perfected by the British during the 1800s Opium Wars and further refined by the CIA in Asia's Golden Triangle).

Many of my Latin American friends are convinced that the rising drug violence in Mexico is a response to the success of the Colombia drug wars - that it reflects the corporatocracy's determination to take greater control over Mexico, and through it, Central America, and that it is manipulated by the CIA. I can not verify the validity of this theory but it would be not inconsistent with things I experienced as an economic hit man. The fact that so many people are so deeply suspicious of Washington's motives sends a strong signal.

I am speaking out at every opportunity I have. On radio shows, at events where I lecture, and in my writings. I want to urge you to join me and to ask all your friends and your Facebook and Twitter connections to do so also. You and I have the power to prevent such actions - in Venezuela, Iran and throughout the world. We MUST exercise that power. These times are our testing ground.

The tired war machine that our country's leaders revert to in order to promote long-term economic gain for just a few elite must cease.

I'm asking for your help and your participation in raising a storm. Pick an issue or issues - any of the ones listed at the beginning of this article, or others that draw on your personal passions. Please do all the following and together our voices will be heard:

1. Write to every blog you can about this and link to ones that battle corporatocracy
2. Write letters to your local newspapers
3. Send emails to your elected officials
4. Do not buy from BP, Exxon, Chevron/Texaco (destroyed large sections of the Amazon), or Shell (responsible for the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his companions in Congo). If you must buy gas, do it from Citgo; a Venezuela-owned corporation, it is also the only major oil company that finances education and health services to some of the world's most impoverished people. Write emails to all these companies telling them why you are taking such actions.

We know that all the blustering of the Pentagon and White House over the Wikileaks disclosures is another indication that Washington is trying to cover up the crimes it commits in its rush toward resource domination. Rather than focusing on the real crimes committed by our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere and the need to bring the guilty parties to trial and assure that such acts are never repeated, the U.S. government directs its energy at ferreting out the whistleblowers.

What we have to do is stop being hoodwinked by the communications people who constantly try to thwart us from reacting to the real issues at hand. We must start demanding transparency in our government and corporations and in their dealings with other countries. We must not let the U.S. propaganda networks blind us with fear. We must not reengage the old war machine in order to create a false economic boost for our country and devastation for so many others.

These are times when the corporatocracy is attempting to consolidate its power. It is up to each and every one of us to stand firm against those attempts. A line is being drawn in the sand in places like Venezuela and Iran. By the attack on Wikileaks. And the crimes of BP. Please take my hand and step across that line with me. United we will stop the U.S. from marching further to the drum of corporatocracy imperialism.

Many thanks and blessings,


John Perkins


Twitter: @economic_hitman

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