076: The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman with John Perkins

In this week’s episode of Redesigning Wellness, Jen sits down with John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling Author, Activist, and Chief Economist. John is also the founder and chairman of Dream Change, an organization covered on our previous podcast with Samantha Thomas.

Today, we learn about John’s newest book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman. He provides us with insights on his experience as an economic hitman and opens up to us about the moment he realized he had to get out. John’s confessional was officially published in 2004, but it didn’t come without bribes and threats.

Tune in to hear his fascinating story and become inspired by how we as individuals have the power to create positive change within today’s current economy.

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
  • We need to move from a death economy to a life economy. Our current economy is set up in a way where it is destroying the core resources it depends on.
  • Many executives have a desire to pay oversea workers a fair wage, cut down on pollution, etc, but hesitate in doing so out of fear of losing market shares or even their job.
  • Individuals must band together and kick-off consumer movements against policies and practices which support our current-day economy.
Check out these highlights:
  • Defining an economic hitman [3:00]
  • John’s breaking point [10:09]
  • Threats and bribes to stay silent [13:35]
  • Major publishers rejected the manuscript out of fear [20:11]
  • Consequences of speaking out [21:44]
  • Are executives receptive to this message? [25:02]
  • How can individuals help transform the economy? [26:15]
Links mentioned in this episode: (books & info)
Full Bio

New York Times Bestselling Author

As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016), a follow-up to John’s classic New York Times bestseller, brings the story of economic hit men and jackal assassins up to date and chillingly home to the U.S. It goes on to provide practical strategies to transform the failing global death economy into a regenerative life economy. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 32 languages), The Secret History of the American Empire (New York Times bestseller) and Hoodwinked were ground-breaking exposés of the clandestine operations that created the current global crises; they set the stage for the revelations and strategies detailed in The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit, has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation, including Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications, as well as in numerous documentaries including The End of Poverty?, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Apology of an Economic Hit Man. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2012, and Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business As Usual Award, 2006.