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Category: Big Oil Shakedown

CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN by John Perkins

John Perkins is a superior writer and was as well, by 2004 when this was published, a repentant “Economic Hit Man.” And yes, according to Perkins, that was indeed the common colloquial trade name for his former job. This is quite interesting, and at 260-some-odd pages, quite succinctly written. CONFESSIONS… provides a front line description from a “boots-on-the-ground” operative of how the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the United States Global Empire prefers to make conquests of other countries nowadays.
 
The author claims that he was a longtime “Economic Hit Man” (EHM), which means, in very abridged terms, that he was a well paid minion of the World Bank (WB) and IMF (actually it was a private “cut-out” corporation designed to camouflage the fact that he was working for the WB, IMF, and U.S. Empire), and he and other EHM’s were (and are) given the task of traveling the world, meeting officials and potentates of “underdeveloped” nations whose resources the U.S. Global Empire covets, and the EHM operative would then convince the foreign potentate that his nation needed modern electrification, a modern dam or airport, various upscale infrastructures, etc., and that U.S. construction mega-corporations such as Bechtel, Halliburton, et al, should receive the lucrative contracts to build such modern infrastructures for said foreign potentate, and the only other condition is (gulp) that the foreign potentate would have to take out massive loans from the WB and the IMF in order to pay for all this. The foreign potentate would be sold on the lie that his nation would be enriched, or on the truth that he himself would be enriched, depending upon the moral character of the foreign potentate in question, of course; relative to this, another part of the typical job functions of an EHM would be to “inflate the numbers” to show how the newly constructed infrastructures would raise the estimated value of the foreign lands to such an extent that the loans from the WB/IMF would be paid off easily with a considerable profit remaining for the nation/potentate for many years into the future. However, the reality is, the loans are not meant to be paid back: The loans are meant to cause the foreign nation to come under debt servitude to the WB/IMF/U.S. Global Empire for as long as possible. Under ideal conditions, this debt peonage would last in perpetuity, thus enslaving generation after generation to come within the foreign land. And so, under this grand and clever artifice, the few individuals who sit atop U.S. corporations, U.S. banks, and the U.S. government all “make out like bandits” while, as Perkins makes clear, the Earth’s natural resources are plundered, numberless multitudes of poor people around the world are pillaged and impoverished and killed off. Perkins, now repentant after decades of playing his part in all of this, sees the big picture quite well when he writes on page 242, “We decry slavery, but our global empire enslaves more people than the Romans and all the other colonial powers before us.”
 
Perkins also makes it clear that all mediums of major media in the U.S., and all major universities in the U.S., are complicit in the modern conquest for empire. Journalists and professors alike, notes Perkins, know that to speak out against the banks and the big corporations would mean losing one’s occupation, because the banks and big corporations fund the major media through advertising, and also fund the universities through grants, etc.
 
There are some negatives to this book: Fortunately most are fleeting, such as the author’s fleeting admittance that he actually believes the impossible-official, government version of events surrounding 9/11, and the impossible-official, government version of events relating to the U.S. having “put a man on the moon.” There is also the author’s annoying habit of glorifying and referring to that non-elected, elitist, lawyerly, freemasonic bunch that Perkins would call the “Founding Fathers,” and most especially referring to Thomas Paine, as in “What would Thomas Paine do here?” or “What would Thomas Paine think of today’s situation?” over and over again, ad nauseam. Here’s my ad nauseam reaction to that: Read THE UNITED STATES IS STILL A BRITISH COLONY by James Montgomery for the truth about, if not Paine, then at least the rest of the elitist “Founding Fathers.” Probably the biggest negative of this book occurs several times when the author waves aside any such possibility as “conspiracy theories” accounting for any of the Machiavellian global machinations of which he writes. He chalks the whole vast, sophisticated stratagem to simple human greed on a grand scale. However, at times, his own words seem to betray him on this note, such as when he writes on page 32, “This was a CLOSE-KNIT FRATERNITY of a few men with shared goals, and the FRATERNITY’S members moved easily and often between corporate boards and government positions” (emphasis mine). In automatically discounting the possibility that the rich and the elite meet together and CONSPIRE together, the author is either grievously ignorant here, or he is flagrantly lying to the readers as he did so consistently and so skilfully to foreign potentates for so long.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2014

THE HISTORY OF STANDARD OIL by Ida Tarbell

One of the most famous of all so-called “muckraking” works of the late 19th/early 20th century, this book nevertheless needs to be much more widely known and understood in our time. Ida Tarbell had a long, illustrious career as a journalist, but this is the work, written rather early in her life, which has had by far the most lasting effect.
She documents, for history, for posterity, the unscrupulous and illegal business tactics of the most notorious business tycoon ever to rise in America, John D. Rockefeller, and those tactics of his underling droogies selling themselves out for his hydra-headed company/monopoly/monster: the Standard Oil Company.

The crimes and misdeeds committed on a regular basis by the Standard Oil Combination, as clearly documented by Tarbell, include but are not limited to the following:

1. Getting illegal “rebates” on railroad shipments; 2. Getting illegal “drawbacks” on the higher shipping rates paid by independent oil competitors; 3. Conducting unscrupulous, jesuitical espionage on all shipments made by independent competitors; 4. Consistent, strategic bribery of independent oil agents, politicians, and other key officials; 5. Practicing business in secret in violation of state incorporation laws; 6. Often hiding behind “dummy” corporations to better practice their unscrupulous business methods in secret; 7. Intimidating buyers and would-be buyers of independent oil and habitually demanding that any orders for independent oil be countermanded or the buyer in question would be economically punished by Standard Oil; 8. Hiring gangs of thugs to physically harass and intimidate independent pipeliners (note: but being careful to do this “second-hand” or indirectly, so as to leave an escape route of deniability, of course); 9. The constant bringing of frivolous lawsuits to slow down, obstruct, and wear down independent pipeliners; 10. Establishing a monopolistic system that was in violation of the various States’ laws of incorporation.

Yet, for all this documentation of all of these crimes, Ida Tarbell seems to have been a rather unbiased “muckraker” because she consistently gives credit to J.D. Rockefeller’s business acumen wherever it is due, and she consistently blames the failures of the independent oilmen on themselves and their all-too-impetuous natures, whenever that seems due. However, on the whole, the tone of this work lauds the independent oilmen for their passionate spirit and their honest work ethic, while Rockefeller is branded–at best–an extremely gifted machiavellian who, being in the “right place at the right time” succeeded in sullying forever the scruples of all American businessmen from his time forward.

Reading this book sheds much light on where we are now in America. It documents the desperate struggles of many who tried in vain to slay Rockefeller’s Beast. But for us today, it’s where this book leaves off that is most significant, the subsequent history Tarbell could not have known then for obvious reasons, but which she might have been able to predict: given that Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Combination was nowhere in this history able to be long-checked in its cancerous amassing of power and wealth, would ANYthing at all during the entire 20th century to follow ever be able to thwart Rockefellerian designs to take over EVERY meaningful avenue of power and wealth in America?

Today in the post-20th century, those whose eyes are opened know the answer to that question.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
12/2009

THE ENERGY NON-CRISIS by Lindsey Williams

REVIEW: Plenty of Oil
I believe this account. At least on this subject, I do trust this writer. On other topics of which I have since heard this author speak since then, I’m not so sure.

Anyway, get the word out. If your buddy thinks the world is running out of oil, tell him he’s got to read this.

Williams is not a great writer. He is not even close to being a good writer. But his story is compelling; he apparently was witness to rare, spectacular information about just how much oil there really is left on planet Earth. This is therefore a must read.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
11/2005

THE HISTORY OF THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY by Ida Tarbell

One of the most famous of all so-called “muckraking” works of the late 19th/early 20th century, this book nevertheless needs to be much more widely known and understood in our time. Ida Tarbell had a long, illustrious career as a journalist, but this is the work, written rather early in her life, which has had by far the most lasting effect.
She documents, for history, for posterity, the unscrupulous and illegal business tactics of the most notorious business tycoon ever to rise in America, John D. Rockefeller, and those tactics of his underling droogies selling themselves out for his hydra-headed company/monopoly/monster: the Standard Oil Company.

The crimes and misdeeds committed on a regular basis by the Standard Oil Combination, as clearly documented by Tarbell, include but are not limited to the following:

1. Getting illegal “rebates” on railroad shipments; 2. Getting illegal “drawbacks” on the higher shipping rates paid by independent oil competitors; 3. Conducting unscrupulous, jesuitical espionage on all shipments made by independent competitors; 4. Consistent, strategic bribery of independent oil agents, politicians, and other key officials; 5. Practicing business in secret in violation of state incorporation laws; 6. Often hiding behind “dummy” corporations to better practice their unscrupulous business methods in secret; 7. Intimidating buyers and would-be buyers of independent oil and habitually demanding that any orders for independent oil be countermanded or the buyer in question would be economically punished by Standard Oil; 8. Hiring gangs of thugs to physically harass and intimidate independent pipeliners (note: but being careful to do this “second-hand” or indirectly, so as to leave an escape route of deniability, of course); 9. The constant bringing of frivolous lawsuits to slow down, obstruct, and wear down independent pipeliners; 10. Establishing a monopolistic system that was in violation of the various States’ laws of incorporation.

Yet, for all this documentation of all of these crimes, Ida Tarbell seems to have been a rather unbiased “muckraker” because she consistently gives credit to J.D. Rockefeller’s business acumen wherever it is due, and she consistently blames the failures of the independent oilmen on themselves and their all-too-impetuous natures, whenever that seems due. However, on the whole, the tone of this work lauds the independent oilmen for their passionate spirit and their honest work ethic, while Rockefeller is branded–at best–an extremely gifted machiavellian who, being in the “right place at the right time” succeeded in sullying forever the scruples of all American businessmen from his time forward.

Reading this book sheds much light on where we are now in America. It documents the desperate struggles of many who tried in vain to slay Rockefeller’s Beast. But for us today, it’s where this book leaves off that is most significant, the subsequent history Tarbell could not have known then for obvious reasons, but which she might have been able to predict: given that Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Combination was nowhere in this history able to be long-checked in its cancerous amassing of power and wealth, would ANYthing at all during the entire 20th century to follow ever be able to thwart

Rockefellerian designs to take over EVERY meaningful avenue of power and wealth in America? Today in the post-20th century, those whose eyes are opened know the answer to that question.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
12/2009

THE DEEP HOT BIOSPHERE by Thomas Gold

This book goes an extremely long way towards proving that the term “fossil fuels” is an egregious misnomer, and that oil, coal, and gas are in fact the product of natural processes constantly happening deep underground. Gold all but demonstrates that, similar to recently discovered biospheres in deep-water oceanic volcanic vents which do not require photosynthesis at all, there must be a likewise occurring deep hot biosphere within the Earth’s crust, microbes which exist in the innumerable and microscopic pores in rocks, thriving on great pressures, and subsisting on upwelling carbon molecules that the Earth constantly produces. Of course, if this kind of knowledge got out and became widespread, what this would do is demolish the Big Oil Industry’s lie that oil is becoming scarce on Earth, and this of course would require that oil prices come down to honest levels, and of course that isn’t going to happen, which is why you probably never heard of this book, nor this man Gold’s findings, have you?

Gold manages to make the naturally boring subject of geology seem somewhat interesting, and he seems to be a true maverick, at least within this field.

Of particular interest for this reader was the chapter on earthquakes, arguing that earthquakes may be caused by gas erupting from the earth (as apparently most ancient learned scholars believed), rather than the plate tectonic causal theory. This is fascinating because Gold goes into the common occurrence of disparate peoples around the world describing what they discern as “earthquake weather” shortly before an earthquake. Gold speculates that escaping gases from the earth may form a peculiar haze that somewhat more perceptive people pick up on. This theory, if it should hold true, someday could, as Gold points out, make predicting earthquakes an actuality. (Alas, the eugenic oligarchs of the world and this country would have something to say about that, though, this reader is sure.)

The only fault with this book is also where a rather flagrant irony can be spotted, and it is this: Gold spends the entire book demonstrating why geological scientists should not simply assume a theory to be true, simply because it is in vogue; however, for the last two chapters of the book, Gold delves into the subject of “Evolution” to ostensibly lend further corroboration for his theory, and he never once stops to consider whether or not he too has obtusely assumed whether another theory–Darwinism–is true, or whether it is but another fragile paradigm waiting to be shattered, as he himself has just shattered the biogenic “fossil fuel” theory.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
11/2011