John Perkins Quotes.

1. "I've never met anyone who wanted to be a terrorist. They are desperate people."
- Quote by John Perkins

2. "I have come to understand that life is composed of a series of coincidences. How we react to these - how we exercise what some refer to as free will - is everything; the choices we make within the boundaries of the twists of fate determine who we are."
- Quote by John Perkins

3. "No matter how many toys we amass we leave them behind when we die, just as we leave a broken environment, an economy that only benefits the richest, and a legacy of empowering greed over goodness. It is now time to commit to following a new path."
- Quote by John Perkins

4. "How, I asked myself, do you convince men and women who live comfortably to change a system that provides their comforts--even when they know about EHMs and jackals, when they understand that attached to their comforts are terrible price tags? Where do you find words to empower them to stand up to a force like the corporatocracy? How do you inspire them to take actions that will bend the corporations to the will of the people?"
- Quote by John Perkins

5. "If you bomb a city, then rebuild it, the data shows a huge spike in economic activity."
- Quote by John Perkins

6. "¿Se puede ser inocente en Estados Unidos? Es verdad que quienes ocupan la cúspide de la pirámide económica cosechan grandes ganancias, pero millones de nosotros, los demás, dependemos directa o indirectamente de la explotación de los países menos desarrollados. Los recursos y la mano de obra barata que utilizan casi todas nuestras empresas provienen de lugares como Indonesia, que apenas reciben nada a cambio. Los créditos de la ayuda exterior son la garantía de que sus hijos y nietos seguirán siendo rehenes nuestros. Tendrán que permitir el saqueo de sus recursos naturales por nuestras empresas y seguirán privándose de educación, sanidad y demás servicios sociales, simplemente para pagarnos la deuda. En esa fórmula no interviene el hecho de que nuestras compañías hayan recibido ya la mayor parte del pago por la construcción de esas centrales generadoras, esos aeropuertos y esos complejos industriales. Que la mayoría de los estadounidenses desconozcan estas realidades, ¿es excusa suficiente? Desinformados y mal informados adrede, sí, pero… ¿inocentes?"
- Quote by John Perkins

7. "I had begun to understand that although most Americans have no idea that lifestyles are built on exploitation, millions of people in other countries are aware of it."
- Quote by John Perkins

8. "Some would blame our current problems on an organized conspiracy. I wish it were so simple. Members of a conspiracy can be rooted out and brought to justice. This system, however, is fueled by something far more dangerous than conspiracy. It is driven not by a small band of men but by a concept that has become accepted as gospel: the idea that all economic growth benefits humankind and that the greater the growth, the more widespread the benefits. This belief also has a corollary: that those people who excel at stoking the fires of economic growth should be exalted and rewarded, while those born at the fringes are available for exploitation."
- Quote by John Perkins

9. "Stop being so greedy, and so selfish. Realize that there is more to the world than your big houses and fancy stores. People are starving and you worry about oil for your cars. Babies are dying of thirst and you search the fashion pages for the latest styles. Nations like ours are drowing in poverty, but your people don't even hear our cries for help. You shut your ears to the voices of those who try to tell you these things. You label them radicals or Communists. You must open your hearts to the poor and downtrodden, instead of driving them further into poverty and servitude. There's not much time left. If you don't change, you're doomed."
- John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men

10. "...pointed out that the corporation enjoys the same rights as a living person under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. This concept was upheld in 1886 by the Supreme Court in 'Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company' and has been a fact of law ever since. I emphasized to those executives that the corporation should also be required to accept the same responsibilities as those expected of a person; it too should be a good citizen, an honorable, ethical member of the community. In the case of international corporations, that community has to be defined as the world."
- John Perkins, The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men

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