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A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption (2007)

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John Perkins' controversial and bestselling exposé, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, revealed for the first time the secret world of economic hit men (EHMs). But Perkins' Confessions contained only a small piece of this sinister puzzle. The full story is far bigger, deeper, and darker than Perkins' personal account revealed. Here other EHMs, journalists, and investigators join Perkins to tell their own stories, providing the first probing and expansive look into this pervasive web of systemic corruption.

With chapters spotlighting how specific countries around the globe have been subverted, A Game As Old As Empire uncovers the inner workings of the institutions behind these economic manipulations. The contributors detail concrete examples of how the "economic hit man game" is still being played: an officer of an offshore bank hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen money, IMF advisers slashing Ghana's education and health programs, a mercenary defending a European oil company in Nigeria, a consultant rewriting Iraqi oil law, and executives financing warlords to secure supplies of coltan ore in Congo. Together they show how this system of corruption and plunder operates in real life, and reveal the price that the rest of the world must pay as a result.

Most important, A Game As Old As Empire connects the dots, showing how the various pieces of this system come together to create the world's first truly global empire.

Ripped from CD. 192 kbps mp3.

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Very nice choice to share, thanks so much!

You are quite welcome. Haven't seen this around so thought I'd share.

I noticed that your copy of this audiobook has popped up on private ebook/audiobook trackers as of today, so it is making its rounds!

Read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" a decade ago, very important work.

Haven't seen this, does it add much?

Hi! I'll be honest, I usually listen to audiobooks while going to sleep so I haven't actually heard the whole thing but it definitely adds a little more perspective to Confessions. I just recently came across this myself as it was referenced in a book I was reading (Dishonest Money by Joseph Plummer) and couldn't believe it hadn't ended up on my radar before. Looked for the book and found out there was audio but only found it on CD. Nothing on Audible, which I thought was strange. Anyway, pdf included as well and you can find the actual book used for around $5. Enjoy!

Many thanks. Not seen this one before.

many thanks for taking the time to share this with others!

also, wonderful to hear from you on these boards...WELCOME to the desert of the 'reel' [k, yeah, bad pun intended]

Been on ConCen for a very long time. Since before this last incarnation. It was hacked and shut down or something a long time ago and haven't shared since. Happy to be able to share something new and I love this place!

nekromancer13 wrote:

Been on ConCen for a very long time. Since before this last incarnation. It was hacked and shut down or something a long time ago and haven't shared since. Happy to be able to share something new and I love this place!

That's awesome that you've been around so long!

What are your interests? What topics keep you interested?

nice to meet you~

Nice to meet you as well! Been into just about every subject in the "conspiracy" realm, I suppose, but try to stick with what is documentable and provable. Although, there is so much strangeness out there that we can't prove that just can't be coincidence! I find the cult/serial killer stuff quite intriguing. A subject that certainly needs more work done on it. Wish I had the time. That's one of my current kicks. How about you?

nekromancer13 wrote:

Been into just about every subject in the "conspiracy" realm

wow! sometimes TheCorsair shares his findings from various "rabbit holes", so I look forward to learning from your digs, too.

nekromancer13 wrote:

but try to stick with what is documentable and provable.

You sound grounded and rational.

nekromancer13 wrote:

Although, there is so much strangeness out there that we can't prove that just can't be coincidence!

You may be right, but what specifically do you have in mind here? I'm just curious to know more about which coincidences you tend to take note of (I, myself, am curious about the different patterns that people are drawn toward, and report back to others on. :)

nekromancer13 wrote:

I find the cult/serial killer stuff quite intriguing.

Me, too! Though if I'm being honest, my interest is partly sociological (looking at group dynamics from without), partly psychological (looking at individuals minds from within), and partly mystical/historical (looking at the ideas themselves that sweep over people and *wear them* like so much clothing -- not the other way around)

nekromancer13 wrote:

How about you?

In addition to the above, I am right now researching narrative in earnest. The study of narrative is particularly important because narrative constitutes one of the primary ways we construct meaning in general. And my current lens? Science fiction. I know this site is all about non-fiction, but there is no such thing: nothing can be said or stated without attaching some kind of narrative or story to it. And while you can try to minimize the amount of fiction in it, in the end it is impossible not to introduce fictive elements into any explanation (including this one I am stating right now). And the fact is that science fiction is one of the only remaining examples of allegory that still have the power to hypnotize people into suspending their disbelief.

Add to that the unique times we live in -- neoliberalism and rampant consumerism -- it is interesting to see how and why those ideological leanings attach themselves to media and technology that have global reach, and tell/sell SF stories which succeed on a mass market (which, in turn, feeds dollars into the pockets of those influential people who pump it back into the Great Mechanism, and repeat the process all over).

One of the great mystical truths I think our times are -- SLOWLY! -- waking up to: most of life is imaginary.

["Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking. Most of what we interact with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expectations of it, and our personal interests in it. We have a very difficult time observing something without confusing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we experience in life is imaginary things. As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” The best treatment I’ve found? Cultivating mindfulness."]

Really great to talk with you, and I look forward to learning more about those rabbit holes! ;-)