Not a Conspiracy

“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 had 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.”

-John Perkins, in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 2004

“America was founded very early on the basic premise that he who is poor deserves to be poor; he who is rich is entitled to the fruit of his power.”

-John Gerassi, Violence, Revolution, and Structural Change in Latin America, 1969

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