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Innovation Takes All of Us

By John Perkins

This post was originally published on CSRwire:

Our history and our experience should teach us that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. When it’s clear that the status quo, the normal, the “way it’s always been,” isn’t good for the planet or we humans who live on her, we must look for new ways to thrive. If we value the world that we will give to our children and grandchildren, then we must innovate not only in areas such as energy and fuel efficiency but also in our perspective, our mindsets, and our consciousness. This isn’t optional or just for those who “have time;” changing the system of our world is an urgent responsibility for all of us regardless of political affiliation, belief system, or socio-economic background.

There are many examples of what I call the Death Economy: war as a highly profitable industry, the wealthiest 85 people possessing 50% of the world’s assets, small farmers and ranchers struggling in the face of giant corporations like Monsanto that are poisoning their communities and sabotaging their livelihood, among others. The human costs are staggering, as people die every day from preventable causes such as hunger, exposure, disease, and violence. And the environmental costs are also extremely high: oil is ruining Amazon rainforests, Roundup and Big Agro are contaminating rivers and farmland, and overfishing is depleting the ocean’s population, to name a few examples.

ISIS and Al-Qaeda are tearing apart the Middle East, but the US military intervention there for the past few decades has played a large role in setting the stage for such groups to move into the vacuum. We can’t deny our part or our responsibility, though many in the government and the media try to convince us otherwise. The mutant form of predatory capitalism of our culture has allowed war to become big business, for massive profits to be made on the backs of the poor, and for pollution and vandalism of the earth to be acceptable if it helps corporate bottom lines.

What can you do? Begin by educating yourself, find resources you trust, and look for the stories behind the story. Although the mainstream media may not report damaging facts about the corporatocracy, the information is out there thanks to courageous outlets such as CSR Wire, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams, Mother Jones, and The Guardian. Support the truth, and then share it with your friends and family so that we can be stronger together.

Just recently, The Guardian has started a petition to demand that two large organizations, The Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, follow the example of the Rockefeller Foundation and immediately divest their fossil fuels interests in order to save the planet. This is an example of change happening with the power of all of us. You can sign the petition here. Look under the surface of what’s reported by the major outlets, instead of believing everything you are told. The US government, some NGOs, USAID, and other organizations that say they are doing “good” work around the world are often in bed with the corporatocracy, lining their own pockets or increasing their prestige and power, and exploiting the vulnerable. Their work, profiting off war and violence to people and nature, results in more death, more poverty, and more despair.

Take action; don’t let yourself off the hook. You have more power than you may realize and more power than the Corporatocracy wants you to believe you have. Let’s use our power together to innovate, to shift the message and let the world know that it’s not ok to pursue profits over people; let’s tell the corporatocracy and government that our Living Earth is more important than the bottom line. Share the truth and encourage those around you to act with you.

We can move from the Death Economy to the Life Economy by not only changing our actions and plans, but first and most importantly changing our mindset, our worldview, our dream. We have entered the Consciousness Revolution! Let’s make history – big time! It will take each one of us and all of us, together.



The New Story: Interbeing

By John Perkins

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The old story: violence to end violence. Destruction of resources to create economic growth. Profiting from separation. “They” are different; “they” are the problem.

Netanyahu clamors for war with Iran – and wins the election. ISIS terrorizes the Middle East. US civilian-killing drones wreak havoc on peace negotiations. Moscow and Washington face off across the Ukraine.

The Question:

What will it take for us to live together on this fragile space station, Earth?

Policies and profits have created this world of stark contrasts that is unsustainable if we want a future in which our children and grandchildren can enjoy peace, spiritual prosperity, and basic human rights.

Far from wanting to lead the world into peace, many in the US make themselves rich off the violent clashes in other countries. The problem isn’t just that violence doesn’t stop violence, but that there are people and organizations who see dollar signs by creating and exacerbating violence and war.

A recent study by IHS Inc., cited at Common Dreams demonstrates that nations and multinational corporations compete for money and power at each other’s expense – and at the expense of innocent lives. This trend is predicted to continue to rise as the potential for profits increases.

The “defense trade” is a booming business that depends on war, violence, and bloodshed – or the mere threat of these – and the ravaging of the Earth’s resources. It is time to turn this Death Economy into a Peace or Life Economy (based on businesses that clean up pollution and benefit from peace and Earth stewardship).

When we live in fear of each other and are focused on our differences instead of our similarities, we miss the joy that comes from collaboration and the solutions that will create a better future.

The Answer:

A new story. The story of Interconnectedness, or (to use Charles Eisenstein’s word) Interbeing.

By flexing our power in the marketplace and with our letters and calls to our elected officials, we can change the way businesses work. When we reward companies that are committed to people and nature instead of just maximizing profits and when we boycott companies that exploit war and the environment, we create a new system.

Dream Change, a non-profit I founded more than 25 years ago, is committed to the New Story and is sponsoring an annual Love Summit, dedicated to bringing compassion into business and establishing a global Life Economy. Businesses clearly have a powerful impact on the world; they can be either creative and sustainable or destructive. By teaching executives that “compassion – love – is good business,” we can shift the story in meaningful ways.

The Love Summit is a big step in that direction. It is a recognition that “business as usual” is not working – even for those who profit financially from the Old Story – and that those businesses that transform themselves will be the success stories of the future.

It is time to stop thinking about separation, about differences, and about the things that keep us apart. Let’s change the story of separation that has dominated human philosophies for far too long into a story of solidarity. Let’s turn the Death Economy into a Life Economy — the War Mentality into a Peace Mentality, the Hate Reaction into a Love Reaction.



Aruba: Future World

Aruba is an island nation without freshwater or native fossil fuels. It has a population of slightly over 100,000 and more than 1 million tourist visitors every year who come for the sun, Caribbean waters, and exceptional white sand beaches. They expect potable water and electricity, amenities that most of us take completely for granted.

This attention from tourists from around the world has required the small island member of the Netherlands group to develop creative ways to face its lack of water and standard sources of energy. In doing so it now finds itself with the opportunity to set an example for the entire world.

My time there was extremely full, exciting, and inspirational. I met with the Prime Minister, the Governor (who represents the King of the Netherlands) and members of the cabinet, administrative staff members in various offices of government, bankers, investment bankers, faculty, students and administrators at the University of Aruba, gave a couple of major speeches and was interviewed by the media. I found the people of Aruba to be exceedingly intelligent, openhearted, and willing to listen to ideas that might frighten those in countries like my own, the United States.

I spent an afternoon with the managers and workers being shown around a state of the art reverse osmosis water purification plant that is five times more fuel-efficient than the previous one which, when it was built, was also state of the art. I sat in the control room of the nation’s electricity producing company and saw that 30% of the capacity was being produced by wind machines, which is impressive.

During meetings with the various people mentioned above, we discussed the way Aruba can take these innovative approaches for water purification and energy production to new levels. This country has the opportunity to send its experts out to the world and help others deal with the incredible challenges that face the entire planet.

Turn on any faucet in Aruba and out flows the Champagne of water, the purest best-tasting water I’ve ever had. I tell the Arubans that they need to take their expertise to Miami, New York, Chicago, LA, Paris, London, and just about every other major city where the water insults the taste buds. In addition to taste, of course there is a huge need throughout countries like China and India and those in Latin America and Africa where there are horrible droughts, unhealthy water sources, and the collapsing glaciers are causing major rivers to dry up.

A Dream for Aruba

One night I presented a speech to the people of this country, and in that speech I described a dream I have for Aruba:

The streets, parking lots and rooftops are painted white which saves a great deal of energy, as compared to ones that are black. The cars are electric. The water purification plant and electric facilities include beautiful parks for children (as well as adults) who come to play and learn about the technologies involved – a sort of modern, practical version of Epcot. Aruba’s experts are traveling the world to help others solve the problems associated with declining water and fossil fuel resources – fuels that are also destroying our atmosphere.

This is a dream that can become reality quickly. It only requires a mindset from people who are already open-minded and receptive to innovative approaches to solving their problems. I take great hope in what I see in Aruba. I have witnessed similar innovative approaches to solving a variety of problems in many other smaller countries – Iceland, Ecuador, Panama, Romania, and Croatia, to name a few.

The big countries, like the United States, Russia, China, and the European Union nations have failed us. Their approach to global economics has resulted in disaster for most of the world. It is time for change! It is time to move from the Death to a Life Economy, as I’ve said so many times in my writings and speeches.

Aruba is an example of a country that is taking a leadership role down the path of the Life Economy. My hat is off to the people of Aruba.



Breaking Bad Habits: Cuba, Afghanistan, and Iran

Weekend workshop near Philadelphia: “Shapeshifting the Story” with John Perkins and Charles Eisenstein is coming soon! Details below.

Being in Guatemala now, a month ago in Peru, and looking at spending a good portion of 2015 traveling again – in Latin America and the Caribbean, then on to Europe and Asia (My Schedule) – and with all the recent tragedies involving terrorists, I’m focused once again on the US’s role in global economics and politics.

I’ve talked often in these pages about this era of change and revolution that we’ve entered. I see many examples of this, and lately one of the more important is in the evolution of our relationships with nations that have been our enemies or at least where we have interacted violently. Significantly, Cuba, Afghanistan, and Iran will view us differently in the future, though in what way depends on each step that we take now. President Obama pointed out that to continue with a policy that hasn’t worked for 50 years and expect it to work in the future is not the path of wisdom. I agree.


President Obama recently announced that our relationship with Cuba will finally change after half a century; exactly what “normal” will look like in the future is not yet determined, but if we want to create a peaceful, prosperous future we need to become good neighbors instead of acting like bullies. We need to empower other nations instead of threatening their autonomy and hurting their economies. Cuba has long been a nation at odds with us, but by opening our doors to its people we can help them move forward in peace. We can create an ally instead of maintaining an enemy.

Hopefully we will carry the lessons we’ve learned in Cuba to the other side of the Atlantic. Our policy in the Middle East reflects one that we tried in Vietnam to no avail. Why do we expect it to work in one place when it didn’t work in others? Have we learned nothing from our history and past actions?


Officially, the US military is preparing to withdraw from the campaign in Afghanistan that began October, 2001. But is that what is really happening? Questions are being raised on all sides. The thousands of US troops who are still on the ground there are nominally serving as support for the Afghan military as that military assumes more responsibility.

However, Washington continues to send in mercenaries known euphemistically as “private contractors.” And at the same time we oppose the UN decision to offer increasing legitimacy to Palestine. When will we learn that violence begets violence and solutions lie in helping desperate people improve their lives? As we wake up, we must encourage our leaders to wake up, also. The answers we give for these questions will help guide the whole world into the future; we must take responsibility for that.


Iran and the US have not been aligned diplomatically for three decades. In the wake of nuclear peace talks with Iranian officials, President Obama has said that re-opening the US embassy in Tehran is not on the agenda, but is also not impossible in the future. The suggestion, however vague, of renewed good relations with a nation in the Middle East is in line with the changing face of US foreign policy that I support – if it can be kept free from the corruption of the corporatocracy.

Breaking Habits

Being the world’s police has not won the US any affection among the nations we’ve invaded (“protected.”) The only people these foreign policies favor are those who are already powerful: the wealthy elite of the US and other nations, as well as giant multi-national corporations. Furthermore, it is one of the reasons that increasing numbers of nations are turning to China for technical and financial assistance instead of to the World Bank and its affiliates. It is time we recognized that we need to apply democratic principles to our own policies, rather than enforcing draconian military methods. Let’s take care of our own dysfunctions before daring to correct other nations.

Western colonialism and corporate greed over the years have contributed heavily to the turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere. However, instead of acknowledging the facts, the West has a habit of using military and financial power to get its way. It is time for the US to break these habits and to lead other nations by example instead of by might. Through my travels around the world, I have seen the people waking up to this realization and taking power back into their hands, where it should have been all along.

Terrorism and violence in all forms are cancers that must be healed. It is important to recognize that our past and recent acts of retribution and attempted persuasion through military might have done the opposite of healing. Although it is tempting to feel discouraged as we enter 2015, there are many signs that We the People are determined to change. Let us focus on reducing tensions, stopping the tendency to respond with hatred and violence, and instead taking the positive actions of helping desperate people around this planet live better lives.

Coming Up:

February 20-22, 2015: Shapeshifting the Story with Charles Eisenstein
Date: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 20-22, 2015
Topic: “Shapeshifting the Story”
Location: Pendle Hill – Philadelphia
Sponsor: DreamChange
Information and Tickets:



Year in Review: Latin America in 2014

I just returned from a magical trip with a special group of people to amazing Peru. Our group experienced sacred sites and ceremonies with the Q’ero and other Quechua elders and shamans. Now I look forward to facilitating another group as we visit the sacred sites and great Mayan teachers of Guatemala beginning very soon, January 16 (to join visit:

This year much of my time and energy has been spent in Latin America. I have talked about events in various countries and ways in which people are waking up. With the closing of the year, let’s look at some of these stories and see how they have developed.

Chevron and Big Oil

Big Oil (Chevron, Shell, BP, etc) have long been seen as an enemy of the Amazon, as purveyors of contamination, poverty, and disease. (Blog Post: “Big Oil, Romania, and the Amazon”.) Oil is a tool for bringing a country into economic submission, as I learned during my time as Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm (“economic hit man.”) Ecuador is not the only country to have issues with Big Oil; dependence on fossil fuels has led countries all over the world to economic disaster and civil unrest.

There has often been violence between the multinational companies and the indigenous people who have had their lives brutally impacted by the oil industry. Just in the last few weeks, a brave Ecuadorian Shuar leader, José Isidro Tendetza Antún, was found dead, tortured, and buried in suspicious circumstances mere days before he was scheduled to travel to Lima, Peru for climate talks. He had been a leader in the struggle to rein in mining and oil companies that threaten so much of his native Ecuador.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has sometimes been praised and sometimes castigated for his stance on the Amazon rainforest, most recently exploiting the natural resources of the region by signing permits for oil drilling in one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. On the other hand, he has also made statements opposing Chevron in the nearly twenty year saga of Ecuadorian villagers against the oil giant over the clean-up of contaminated areas.

Though the Ecuadorian villagers have won against Chevron with the help of a legal team lead by Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo, the Big Oil company is refusing to keep its promise to abide by the judgment of Ecuador’s courts. In typical Corporatocracy fashion, Chevron is not under the regulation of a single government and therefore refuses to respect any. Its executives are threatening not only the lives of the indigenous people of the Amazon, but people all over the world, from Canada to Romania to Myanmar to India. Other governments in those regions continue to do business with Chevron, despite clear evidence that the environment and the people suffer greatly.

Monsanto and “Free-Trade”

Another multinational corporation that is threatening the health of the land and the people of Latin America and most of the rest of the world is Monsanto. (Blog Post: “A Latin American Awakening and Monsanto”.) In Latin American countries, free-trade agreements have paved the way for the Corporatocracy to gain control and have sent thousands of children across the border into the US in desperation.

Throughout history since the Industrial Revolution, the move to take agriculture away from small farmers and give the power and profits to big companies has resulted in poverty and destruction. Not only do these agreements render it impossible for small farmers to make a living from their seeds and produce, but they have also introduced incredibly dangerous chemicals and pesticides into once-pristine environments.

Earlier this year we saw some Latin American governments seek to stand firm for the interests of their people against major privatization of agriculture. The fight is far from over. Groups of citizens have organized to demand that their rights, interests, and cultural values be protected by their leaders and that the corporations abide by new standards and laws.


However, as powerful as these big corporations are, the people who are waking up are more powerful. There is much that we can learn from our southern neighbors in how to harness our power to make our leaders work for change. (Blog Post: “Lessons on Capitalism from an Unlikely Source”.)

One striking example of leaders listening to their people is the 20 x 20 Initiative: 8 Latin American nations joining forces to fight global warming. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are coming together for this agreement to protect forests and fertile land.

We can do our part to help and support this awakening by calling and emailing our leaders and elected officials and demanding that they work against free-trade agreements such as CAFTA-DR and the proposed TPP. We can vote with our dollars by buying local and small-farm-grown produce and products instead of shopping at big box stores and retailers. Our market power can be made even stronger by sending emails to the Big Business executives telling them we will boycott their companies until they too support local businesses and farmers and provide their employees with higher wages, health care, and retirement pensions. We can join or organize consumer movements to strengthen our messages.

Let’s make 2015 the year we focus our intentions and our dreams on changing the world for a better future through taking positive actions and by educating those around us.



The World Threatened

By John Perkins

Now that the elections are over, it’s time to think about how we as individuals, and as a nation, respond to a world that is threatened by climate change, dysfunctional economies, terrorism and other crises around our planet. Democrats and Republicans alike must look to the critical issue of how we move into the future. In dealing with other countries, there are three main choices: we can turn away from disasters that occur there, we can take advantage of other people’s problems, or we can reach out with help that is unencumbered by political motives.

Every day the news is full of reports that demonstrate the great malaise that is facing the world. We hear about random shootings in schools, attacks by ISIS, upheaval in the Middle East, and aggressive diseases. With the fear of Ebola turning people and nations against each other, rumors of Russian tanks in Ukraine, and the richest 85 people in the world having as much money as the poorest 3.5 billion people, we can see vividly how much the world needs to change.

Death Economy

Much of this turmoil is caused by the Death Economy; people are sometimes driven to violence by insanity or greed, but more often by external pressures. Desperate people have seen their lands ravaged by oil drilling, their farms flooded by dams, and their fishing waters destroyed by commercial “fish factories” and pollution. Their families are going hungry due to “free” trade agreements that favor Big Agriculture and Big Business, and they are homeless because of urbanization or government policies that discriminate against them. In the long-term the only way to end acts of terror that result from such desperation is to do away with the causes.

In areas around the world that are torn apart by violence and hate, the impact goes deeper than food and shelter. Economic and political stability have been threatened, and future generations of leaders are in jeopardy. The hope and independence of entire communities has been endangered, often by policies and actions intended to help corporate bottom lines, not human beings and the world in general.

By creating a Life Economy – one that cleans up pollution, offers ways for hungry people to feed themselves, and invests in new energy, transportation, recycling, banking and marketing systems and results in a world that is peaceful, just, and spiritually fulfilling for all — we can end the underlying causes of collective violence. We can help fellow human beings escape desperation and the perceived need to attack others by providing for basic human needs such as health care, shelter, and access to education. In the process, a new type of economy will evolve, one that has the potential for full employment globally.

Response as a Nation

Current crisis situations and the people who have to endure them – refugees of ISIS, victims of civil war, those at risk of Ebola, etc — are in need of basic humanitarian assistance that the US is fully capable of providing. But will this government repeat old mistakes of bullying, exploiting, and fear-mongering? Or will it chose a different path and lead by example?

The US as a superpower justifies the use of military might to wipe out what it determines as “the enemy,” and on the other hand proclaims its responsibility to respect the sovereignty of other nations and the lives of the innocent in the region. It must respond in a way that empowers communities and individuals to regain their dignity and independence and hope. Only by achieving this can we as a nation and a planet move into a future our children deserve.

Response as Individuals

Each of us can choose to help. Traveling to the affected areas may be one option, but there are ways to help from home, too. We can donate money and time to organizations that are on the ground helping those affected by violence and war. And we can each take a stand by telling our government how to respond. Writing letters and emails to our representatives and calling our leaders about providing aid without strings attached will send the message that we won’t stand for bullying in the name of humanitarianism.

Above all, let’s not forget the power of the purse. Purchasing goods and services from corporations and stores dedicated to a sustainable environment and social and economic justice for their workers and those of their suppliers is practicing a potent form of marketplace democracy. We can make our spending even more powerful by sending emails to those companies and stores praising them for their policies and sending emails to the companies that we do not support urging them to change their ways. This is an essential element to the Life Economy. It also establishes us in the role of teachers to the rest of the world.

We are all teachers when we follow our hearts and passions; we can educate ourselves and our friends and family about these issues instead of reacting out of fear and ignorance. When I am asked what we can do to help make the world a better place for all of us, I respond that when people follow their passions and concentrate their energies magic happens. As teachers and leaders, each of us has a powerful role to play on this tiny space ship.

Life Economy

Our response is bigger than political affiliations and geographical boundaries; it is imperative that we see the Death Economy as an evil that must end.

Our choices as individuals impact our actions as a nation. As we learn to see that both those driven to acts of terror and those devastated by violence are desperate people who need our help, we are motivated to accept a more active part in stopping the mayhem. Desperate people need a Life Economy that provides for essential human needs of each man, woman, and child who shares this planet. We all need a Life Economy. It is in our power to help. It is our time to respond, to wake up and reach out.



A Latin American Awakening and Monsanto

By John Perkins

The “Monsanto Law”

I’ve often talked about the corporatocracy (governments and corporations,) that is working to maximize profits at the expense of people and the earth, and how it are ruthlessly exploiting its prey. I spent a great deal of my time as an economic hit man (EHM) in Latin America laying the groundwork for the corporatocracy to get its way: cheap resources and control of governments. The leaders of these countries did what was demanded of them – or paid the price when the CIA sent jackals to assassinate recalcitrant leaders or helped stage political coups.

As I wrote in my recent post concerning CAFTA (“Free-Trade:” A Death Economy Next Door,) the so-called “Free Trade” agreements have done nothing to help the majority of people in Latin countries but have done a great deal to line the pockets of the already powerful. Because the “free-trade” agreement, CAFTA- DR (in 2004 CAFTA became CAFTA-DR when the Dominican Republic joined the other nations,) binds Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the United States together, the actions of any one country can have a ripple effect on the others and the whole region.

One of the requirements of being a member of CAFTA-DR is the enforcement of the “Monsanto Law.” This law, due to go into effect in Guatemala in late September, would essentially require all farmers there, whether large corporate operations or individual peasant farms, to obtain permission from producers of transgenic seed (seeds that have been genetically modified: GMO’s), such as Monsanto, before they can grow any food. The law in essence creates a monopoly by huge, multi-national companies – the corporatocracy – that gives them a legal way to exploit a country’s resources.

Monsanto is one of the multinational companies that is seeking to take advantage of the wonderful growing climate and minimal accountability of Latin American nations. It’s not the only one, but is one of the largest and most aggressive. The stated goal of the law is to ensure that local companies aren’t always favored over foreign companies, but in reality it puts local farmers and seed companies in jeopardy.

Studies have shown the horrible impact of Monsanto’s use of glyphosate in its pesticidal product RoundUp, which is extensive on Latin American soil, poisoning the earth, plants, animals, and people. Furthermore, in efforts to grow more and more of the modified corn and soy crops, large swathes of lush forest have been razed for fields.

Pesticides like this have been designed to kill everything except the bio-engineered GMO soy, corn, and other crops. Because the poison can kill plant cells, it is likely that it also kills human cells. We know that as human beings on this tiny planet we are also connected to the plant kingdom, and what happens to the plants around us also impacts us dramatically.

Two Central American countries that are not generally considered to be leaders in the progressive or democratic movements have recently taken admirable stands in favor of their people and in attempts to rein in the corporatocracy.


The corporatocracy almost won this battle, but it looks like the tables have turned in Central America in a historic decision by Guatemala just this summer. When I travel to the beautiful lands of Latin America, I see this damage and turmoil with my own eyes, and it is a powerful and transformative experience for me and those who travel with me. (More info on trips.) We also see the joy of awakening as the people there begin to stir.

Guatemalans have woken up in time to stop the “Monsanto Law” from ruining even more lives in their country. They know that this law does not benefit them, and that it in fact threatens them with more poverty, starvation, and tragedy. They’ve seen the terrible effects of these giant companies not only economically, but also physically, when the land and the people have been poisoned by pesticides and forests have been ravaged by GMO crops.

Late in August, the Guatemalan government suspended the “Monsanto Law,” scheduled to go into effect in mid-September of this year, in response to the outcry of its citizens. That government is now working to support the local farmers over the multinational corporations and other governments crying to make a profit out of them.

It is worth noting that the US seems also to be using the CAFTA-DR agreement in a positive way — to ensure that Guatemala enforces labor laws that are already in place, as the country has recently had complaints of poor working conditions. When we use our power to impact people positively, it gives hope for our future. The US needs to continue influencing change in this way instead of caving in to greedy interests.

El Salvador

In El Salvador, EHM methods have long been applied for advancing the corporatocracy’s interests at the expense of the citizens. By using economic blackmail (threatening to withhold millions of dollars in promised aid,) to force the country to buy seeds from GMO giant Monsanto instead of from local El Salvadorian farmers, the US is not only further damaging the economy there but also elevating the threat of very real health dangers from the poisonous chemicals patented by the multinational company.

According to polls, the people of El Salvador do not support this policy and are clamoring to follow Guatemala’s example, but because the US and large corporations stand to gain, the pressure being put upon the government is immense. The people are waking up, and it is incumbent on us to wake up and join with them in this crusade against Big Agriculture.

Wake up for Latin America

Despite our knowledge of the dangers of Monsanto’s pesticides and genetically modified seeds, the US is promoting those interests at the expense of poorer nations. Now that we have knowledge of the economic impact these laws and agreements and others like them have on local populations – it is a responsibility that we cannot ignore.

The Guatemalan people are waking up, working together and making themselves heard by their government. El Salvador seems to be right behind them. These are two countries with violent and undemocratic histories, and they still have a long way to go in this regard. Yet, they have begun a critical process and today they are setting an example. When we travel to Guatemala, and Peru, in a few months, our group will experience first-hand the many shifts occurring south of our border and be able to bring these lessons home to the US and our own communities. (Trips info here.)

The corporatocracy has acted irresponsibly around the world for years, including Latin America. These countries and their people are our neighbors and co-inhabitants on this space ship home of ours. When we come together, join hands, and use the votes we have as consumers and investors We the People have the power to convince the giant companies and governments to serve rather than exploit us. Let’s continue to wake up.



“Free-Trade:” A Death Economy Next Door

By John Perkins

I am in Ecuador, having just spent nearly three weeks deep in the Amazon rainforests as one of the leaders of trips sponsored by Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance. In addition to all the concerns in this country over the devastation caused by oil and mining companies, I’ve heard a great deal about the crises in Central America.

Central America is far from peaceful and prosperous; the problems there are brought home to us in the US very vividly in the faces of the immigrant women and children who are being shipped around the States and back home by the busload. Our share of the responsibility for their plight cannot be ignored any longer. We have fueled and empowered the corporatocracy for decades, and the resulting power struggles and imbalances have destroyed local economies and caused unimaginable loss of life.

The so-called “free-trade agreements” such as NAFTA and CAFTA were forced on the countries of Central America by the US government and the corporatocracy by people with the job I once had, economic hit men. They were supposedly done to spur economic growth in Canada, the US, and Central America. But the architects of these agreements knew that the rich would get richer, and that the poor would get poorer. These kinds of agreements between often-corrupt governments (including the US’s) and corporations do not allow for tariffs and other barriers for imports that protect local farmers and businessmen. Instead they allow the US to subsidize US interests. These interests include huge subsidies to corn and cotton growers who then sell their products in Central America for less than the farmers there can sell to their own neighbors. This kind of imbalance has devastated lives and destroyed Central American economies. These agreements exist to expand corporate rights, at the expense of human rights.

Before we support policies that send busloads of children back to their countries of origin, we must acknowledge our role in their situation. The policies we have put in place have been carefully crafted to benefit the already rich and powerful and to devastate those who most need opportunity, security, and a future. When economic policies were not enough to control a regime, the US and the corporatocracy did not hesitate to use military might. Our history bears witness to our repeated invasions of our neighbors: Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Granada, and Haiti for example, as well as the overthrow of governments or assassination of leaders who dared to give power back to the people and implement social changes. As described in “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” I was involved in such activities in the country where I am now located, Ecuador, as well as many others.

Central America is home to indigenous cultures that value community over individual profit, and in many villages the people have come together to farm and harvest and produce what the whole village needs. The “free-trade” agreements harm the ability of these organizations, causing wide-spread poverty and, in turn, the large numbers of immigrants crossing the US/Mexico border. These imbalances, along with our draconian CIA policies toward the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, have caused the immigration problem we are experiencing today. I talk to Central Americans all the time while traveling in Latin America and also when at my home in the United States in Spanish, and few of them really want to be here. They would rather be back in their homelands, but their economies have totally failed.

People are waking up to these problems. The revolution in consciousness is helping people in the United States, and around the world, wake up to the terrible injustices that US policies have caused. Young people throughout Latin America are taking action towards a better future, one that keeps their families together and provides economic opportunity for the communities. When we see them migrating to the US, we should hear their message. Our policies should be to help them create a “Life Economy”; when we do this we also move out of a “Death Economy” and create a “Life Economy” for ourselves.



The Neo-Cold War Battle Ground: Strange Bedfellows

By John Perkins

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A Neo-Cold War is brewing. We’ve witnessed it in Russia’s tense relationship with the US over Ukraine and Crimea and in China’s determination to gain economic leverage in countries where Washington and Wall Street have ruled supreme for decades. To add to this situation, conflicts in the Middle East have escalated. Islamic militarism has become a force to be reckoned with by many nations, including Russia, China, and the US.

I want to emphasize that this militancy is not an Islamic movement any more than the US invasion of Iraq was a Christian movement. Religion is simply an excuse for fanatics to justify their radical use of violence – whether they invoke the name of Christ or Mohammed. It is important that We the People not buy into the propaganda of such fanatics.

Russia and China are flexing their muscles and challenging the superpower status of the US by forming agreements and organizations such as the BRICS Development Bank (A New Era: BRICS Development Bank). In the midst of these shifts of power, there is a significant additional factor in the geopolitical equation. Islamic militants in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria right now, are proving to be formidable adversaries. Muslim fighters have beaten back history’s most well-financed and best-equipped military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite both overt and covert activities by Washington, Moscow, and Peking to influence Middle Eastern politics, these militants have gained or are gaining control in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and many other countries. For the moment, the animosity between Sunnis and Shi’ites is preventing a unified Islamic movement; nevertheless, the Islamists have established themselves as major players.

The situation in Iraq is forming unlikely alliances between nations usually at odds. As China, Russia, and the US seek to retain their powerful status and increase their economic influence, they find that they have much in common. Even very recent adversaries such as the US and Iran are now seeking collaboration, and US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that the US is willing to talk with Iran about an alliance against the Islamic radicals who are leaving a bloody trail behind them as they blaze across Iraq. However, this global game of chess grows more complicated as Iran is also in talks with China and Russia that do not involve the US. Nations that are pursuing their own goals and serving their own interests instead of seeking to promote peace across borders will find that they are more vulnerable to bloodshed. Behind all of this lurk the corporatocracy and the fortunes it makes off war and the threat of war.

By conservative estimates the U.S. has military bases in more than 130 countries. Despite what the American public is told, the majority of the people in these countries deeply resent the presence of foreign soldiers and installations on their soil. The Middle East has a long history of resentment toward Western intrusion and influence, and the fractured relationship that the US has with so much of the world threatens Washington’s credibility as an ally to nations that fear the violence of Islamic radicalism.

The conflict in Iraq is part of a complex and bloody history. Though the US pulled troops out of Iraq in 2011, more than a decade of occupation has left a ground fertile for sectarian violence. President Obama is laying the responsibility for the recent uprising by militant Sunnis on the shoulders of the Iraqi government, calling for them to set aside factional differences before the US will consider intervening. This tone is naïve and ignores the role that US interference played in setting the stage for violence. While the US is refusing to send “boots on the ground” into the area, President Obama has agreed to dispatch 300 “military advisors” and has not ruled out air strikes and drones under the condition that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will create a “more inclusive government.” Such blatant self-service will only fan the flames of unrest and is not likely to be helpful in stopping the slaughter.

As I’ve previously written in these pages, today we have what can only be described as a global Death Economy – one based on militarization and ravaging the earth’s resources. It is a feudal system that harks back to medieval times – the Dark Ages – but on a far grander scale. A very small portion of the human species, the corporatocracy, represents the lords of the castles; the rest of us are their serfs. An ominous shadow of oligarchic totalitarianism has spread across our planet. That shadow embraces Russia and China, as well as the US/EU. While it also reaches into the Muslim world, the militant Islamic movements’ determination to resist what they see as capitalist corruption has the unintended consequence of uniting Washington and its European allies with Moscow and Peking in a strange, uneasy, and unspoken alliance. Although these powers may vie for control of resource-rich countries, they view the Islamist extremists as a common enemy.

The current conflict is forcing powerful nations to acquire strange bedfellows. This present global reality is forcing governments and corporations to look beyond themselves, to redraw boundaries, and to reconsider preconceived notions of leadership.



From Prophecy to Reality: Join the Consciousness Revolution

By John Perkins

A special note from John Perkins: How do we shift the dream of the West from consumerism to a Dream that is more life-affirming, spiritually fulfilling, and sustainable? The answer is to become a Dreamshifter – someone who is skilled at changing consciousness at the deepest levels of our being, both personally and collectively. I will show you how at this exciting free event:

Participating in the consciousness revolution can no longer be ignored as simply a nice, feel-good choice for those who might care enough or find it convenient. It is now imperative for all of us who share this tiny, fragile space station as our only home. Our present and our children’s futures depend on our ability to change the dream of our society. All of us will be impacted catastrophically if we continue in the current reality. But if we listen to the ancient prophesies of indigenous cultures all over the world and join together in the revolution, we can change that reality for the better.

Now we must pay attention to the clarion call that grows louder each day and is voiced by people all over the world: work together for peace and justice. We must transform the current “Death Economy” that is based on militarization and depleting the earth’s resources into a “Life Economy” based on alleviating hunger, reducing pollution, and developing new forms of energy, transportation, and responsible businesses.

We live in the most revolutionary time in human history. It is bigger than the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution or any other revolution. This is a revolution in consciousness, a time for us to wake up to our true potential as human beings. It’s a revolution that will free us from our unconscious stories of lack and limitation and release us from the false values, hopes and expectations that have kept us stuck in dysfunctional patterns – both as individuals and as global societies.

I’m happy to say that this uprising of passionate and committed people is a cross-cultural awakening that will impact all species. In the past year I’ve traveled to Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and around the United States. Everywhere I’ve felt the power of this historical global awakening. People are becoming conscious of the fact that the old traditions and the status quo of the corporatocracy are no longer serving their – our – interests or those of life upon our planet.

We the People are coming radically alive, and we are recognizing that the current world economy has failed terribly. The geopolitical structure created by big governments that are under the control of even bigger businesses has turned what seemed like a dream into a nightmare. Though for a time it appeared that this system was accelerating our civilized development, it has now become obvious that despite the amazing advancements in communications, medicine, the arts, and so many other areas, there is also an ominous dark side to the kind of progress we have been pursuing. The world is plagued by threats to peace and human survival; these stem to a large degree from the abuses of corporate monopolies. Not only have the monopolies destroyed huge swathes of the earth and polluted its air and water, they have also fostered the growth of devastatingly poor and starving communities.

This dark side has reached a critical mass. The implications for the future of our species ought to unite us across racial, cultural, social, and religious lines – all the ways in which we divide ourselves from others who, we have been told, are different from us. Unless we come together to challenge the very people who abuse their power and promote destructive systems, there will be no sustainable future for any of us. It is time for the less than 1%, the big businesses and the governments they control, to stop serving themselves and start serving the more than 99%.

Indigenous shamans from cultures around the world offer us a blue print for moving forward. They’ve seen this coming for millennia. Each culture has a storied history of prophecies of the death of one age and the birth of another.

Since 1968 I’ve lived, studied and worked with indigenous cultures on every continent (except Antarctica where there aren’t any.) All of them have a prophecy which says that we’ve entered a time with the potential for major transformation.

The Maya of Central America, Quechua of the Andes, Buddhists of the Himalayas, Bedouins of the deserts, and many others foretell a shifting of our world and our reality into a sustainable, just, spiritually fulfilling, and thriving future. These prophecies tell us that we’re moving out of the period of deprivation, of lack and limitation and dysfunctional patterns, into a time for understanding that there’s great abundance in the world if we will only pursue it together.

For example, we know that oil and fossil fuels are very limited and that burning these fuels is destroying the atmosphere. On the side of abundance, though, we’ve got plenty of sunshine and wind and other forms of pure, natural energy that we’re learning to use. These prophecies tell us that we can find more and more ways to tap into the abundance that is right in front of us instead of perpetuating the cycle of destruction. Modern science is catching up with this message.

In 1990, when I first started writing books and teaching workshops on shamanism, my work received attention from a very limited category of people. For lack of a better term, they were mostly what we might call former hippies and New Agers; there were few businessmen, doctors or lawyers interested in this message. But now that has changed. I meet people from all walks of life, all socio-economic groups, and all kinds of backgrounds who embrace these ideas and are passionate about changing their world.

Indigenous people from many cultures tell us that “the world is as we dream it” and that the dream is realized by the actions we take. The dream of our parents and those before them – along with the decisions they and we have made – has now brought us to the brink of self-destruction. However, across the planet we are shaking ourselves awake; now it is time to dream a new dream. And to act and change accordingly. The revolution is underway.

Let’s all join it.



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Our Second Chance: the US and the Neo Cold War

By John Perkins

The Ukraine-Crimea crisis marks the official beginning of a new period in geopolitics. The reign of one solitary superpower is over. The era we are entering is closer to the old Cold War than that of U.S. hegemony that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

People in the U.S. and most of Western Europe welcomed détente as a time of tranquility, but the corporatocracy saw it as an opportunity to expand its empire. Much of the world – especially those countries often referred to as the Third World – soon came to understand that the end of the Cold War marked the beginning of bullying by the United States as, in collaboration with Big Business and the E.U., it sought to spread predatory capitalism.

The Cold War ended in the early 1990’s. At that time, the U.S. had two choices: step up as a leader and inspire generosity, compassion, and democracy throughout the world; or continue growing as a superpower and focus on expanding the corporatocracy. Unfortunately, it chose the latter; it exploited other countries even when doing so violated the sovereignty of those countries. It partnered with governments that were willing to sell resources cheaply regardless of the ideologies of those governments, and overthrew leaders who refused to play its game.

The fact is that the U.S. was handed an opportunity that no other country has ever before enjoyed – and blew it. The only sole global superpower in history, it behaved in ways that were contrary to its ideals, its self-interests, and world peace; yet it was able to fool its own people into believing that the rest of the world looked at it with gratitude and as a protective, pro-democracy force.

The majority of Americans did not understand that the Cold War had brought a sense of balance to much of the world. Countries that felt intimidated by the U.S. looked to the Soviet Union to offer an alternative. And visa versa. Détente destroyed that balance. It left smaller countries feeling vulnerable. When their leaders attempted to introduce policies that seemed to conflict with corporatocracy interests, such as higher wages and land reform, Washington launched coups against them (e.g. Aristide in Haiti, Chavez in Venezuela, and Zelaya in Honduras). In more extreme cases, unfettered by the fear that another superpower would step in, the U.S. deployed troops (e.g. Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan).

The emergence of the European Union supported corporatocracy expansionism. Together with its E.U. allies, Washington set out to envelop former Soviet states into its sphere of influence. Russia – under the aggressive leadership of President Putin – plotted to reestablish its power base.

The rising influence of China offered another challenge to the U.S. Peking sent its versions of economic hit men into countries with resources it coveted. Many leaders viewed this as an opportunity to reestablish that sense of balance that had existed prior to détente. As an Ecuadorian cabinet minister recently told me, “We would rather accept financial aid from China than from the States. After all, China has never invaded a Latin country or backed coups against our elected officials; the U.S. has a history of doing both.”

That minister’s complaint is echoed by people in many countries. The sad truth is that the U.S. used its sole superpower status to establish military bases across the globe. The exact number is elusive due to government secrecy, but by conservative estimates the U.S. has a military presence in about 130 countries. U.S. citizens may like to imagine that those countries welcome that presence, but in reality most resent it.

The Ukraine-Crimea situation should spur the U.S. to take a deeply introspective look. It is likely just the first battle in a sort of Neo Cold War. There is every reason to believe that this clash between Russia and the U.S./European Union will escalate. For decades, an alliance has been maintained between the U.S. and Europe through NATO. This organization obliges members to support one another against external attacks, and as a large majority of the E.U. countries are also members of NATO, this means that the U.S. must pay close attention to relations between Russia and her neighbors.

The three Baltic nations, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, are members of both NATO and the E.U. and therefore U.S. allies. It is likely that Russia will attempt to lure or coerce one or more of these into its sphere. How should Washington react to this threat? The NATO alliance is not just a political one; it is also a military one, and so chances are that if Putin continues his push west the consequences will be violent. NATO war games are going on right now in Europe to reassure allies and discourage Russian action, and the U.S. is playing a significant role in the display of might. If NATO defends member countries against Russian aggression with military action, the U.S. would very likely be actively involved. Is this how the U.S. plans to lead the world toward peace?

I have written in previous newsletters about the need to convert the Death Economy – one based on militarization and ravaging the earth – into a Life Economy – one based on cleaning up pollution, helping hungry people feed themselves, and inventing more sustainable technologies. The Death Economy is a failure. One of many statistics that illustrate the magnitude of this failure: people living in the U.S. represent less than 5% of the global population, yet we consume nearly 30% of the world’s resources. That is not a model; it can’t be replicated by China, Russia, or anyone else, no matter how hard they try.

Although the U.S. took the wrong path after détente, we now have the opportunity to set a different example and become a true leader. The world still looks to us for leadership. Let’s not blow it this time around. Let us instead be inspired by the tragic events in Ukraine-Crimea to blaze a new trail.

For me, the answer to that question – How should Washington react to the threat of Russian expansionism? – is that we can seize this as an opportunity to demonstrate to the world our commitment to developing a true geo-economic model: a Life Economy, one founded on cooperation, not conflict. We can be the leaders in guiding the world, even countries like Russia, toward a common future. Let us admit that the Death Economy is a failure and dedicate ourselves to quickly building a new globally unifying model.

A special note about Earth Day, April 22:

It can be difficult to foster sustainability in a culture where the old paradigm and systems are fighting for the past. And it can feel discouraging when you look at everything that needs to change to create a truly regenerative and sustainable world.

But there is great hope and amazing inspiration, if you know where to look…

That’s why I want to invite you to 2 very special Spring of Sustainability no-cost events – the world’s largest online Earth Day Celebration on April 22 and the Sustainability Action Program, to take place April 28 – June 20, 2014.

I’m honored to be among 75+ of the world’s top experts in sustainability – including Frances Moore Lappé, David Korten, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Randy Hayes and Bill McKibben – who will help you discover joyful, optimistic pathways to co-creating a sustainable new world.

You can sign up for free here:

Whatever your level of involvement in the green movement, The Spring of Sustainability can help you go to the next level – to help you discover the innovative solutions we need for this beautiful, ever-evolving planet.

With the inspiration and guidance you’ll receive from the top sustainability pioneers, there’s no way you can’t come away from The Spring of Sustainability deeply inspired, transformed – and ready to put what you’ve learned into action.

Please join us in taking sustainability to the next echelon – and help co-create a thriving planet that leaves a legacy of good for decades to come.


John Perkins



Buen Vivir! Are we losing our freedom? Or is this the time to get it back?

By John Perkins

As published on CSRWire on March 5, 2014:

The corporatocracy is striking out against our personal freedoms and squandering the trust we have placed in our leaders with our votes and our dollars. That their decisions aren’t made with the good of us all in mind is evidenced by the abuse of such government agencies as the NSA and such private corporations as Google, whose hand seems to reach into everything from our personal email to our health records. These large organizations and their lobbyists are writing our laws, buying Congress, and damaging the world while pursuing profits and power.

When we think of personal freedom, our first idea is often about ourselves. This is not the vision of my friend Freddy Elhers, the Minister of the newly formed cabinet position in Ecuador known as Buen Vivir (literally Good Living). Freddy’s closing talk on the opening day of the Human Resources Summit in Istanbul for 2000 corporate executives from all over the world was the “bookend” for my opening keynote in the morning. In his beautifully inspiring speech, he talked about how Ecuador is the first country to have a Ministry of Buen Vivir, a ministry that guides all the other branches of government. He emphasized the importance of living in happiness and love and that Ecuador is committed to that. In fact, the recently revised Ecuadorian Constitution reads: “We … hereby decide to build a new form of public coexistence, in diversity and in harmony with nature, to achieve the good way of living.”

This concept is incredibly inspiring as a way of governing both small and large entities, as well as our individual lives. Our actions impact others everyday, and so it is our responsibility to use our freedom for the benefit of others and the planet. Our personal freedom comes with great responsibility to honor all life with our choices. This is especially true for corporations and governments, and yet that is where we experience the greatest betrayals. In the model offered by Ecuador and a growing number of other Latin American countries, the people view themselves as a collective and their personal freedom as a responsibility to care about each other and to understand that the ecosystem and the entire planet is their “nest,” their home.

Held up against that framework, it should be easier to recognize those choices that will result in the good of our people, and separate them from those decisions that will only pad the pockets of the greedy and powerful. When the corporatocracy bombards us with sound bites about how to run our lives and at the same time exploits us and the precious resources of our planet, it is tempting to become lethargic. But that just plays into the hands of those who wish to control us.

True freedom is personal and powerful; the question to answer is about how we use that freedom to impact those around us, including the corporatocracy. Corporations and governments should exist only to serve a public interest; it is our duty – We the People – to insist that they do so and to only support the ones that comply. If we use our freedom this way, we will also be using our power to create change across the world.

Freddy Elhers likes to point out that “the pursuit of happiness” is embedded in the most sacred document of the United Sates. We the People can get back to those unalienable rights that our founders fought so hard to insure: “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We will be well advised to make those our guiding principles for how we vote, shop, and conduct our lives. Let’s be inspired by Ecuador. We’re all living on this tiny, fragile space station. It’s time to collectively choose Buen Vivir and to make this the time to get back our freedoms – in fact to attain more freedom than humankind has ever before experienced, the freedom to enjoy true prosperity, good living.


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2014: Revolutionizing Consciousness

By John Perkins

Please be sure to see my upcoming Online Course: Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit listed at the bottom!

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
-Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian, an important member of the “Underground Railroad” (1820 – 1913)

We are entering a new year and continuing along the path of a Consciousness Revolution, an event that has been anticipated for centuries by indigenous cultures. This is an ideal time for us to ask ourselves what it means to be human on this tiny space station, Earth, at this moment in history, to recognize that we must take the individual and collective actions necessary to turn crises into opportunities, to commit to daily actions that will transform that recognition into reality, and finally, to realize that doing all of this isn’t just necessary; it’s fun.

Achieving all of our goals will be possible as we pursue the goal of revolutionizing consciousness – as we think about the world and ourselves in a new and enlightened way. In order to pursue our mission to create a just, peaceful, and sustainable world, we recognize the importance of transforming ourselves from the inside out, starting with our hearts and minds.

Every crisis presents us with an opportunity to make a difference. Taking initiative during times of natural disaster and civil unrest leads to the changes that the world needs to see now. Stepping into the gaps caused by crises with courage and responsibility allows us to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We have the power to make sweeping lifestyle changes at home and to empower our leaders to do the same.

The corporatocracy wants us to consume more and more as their profits and power grow; yet, we are called upon to resist with purposeful action. It is time to educate those around us so that the movement to reduce consumption and to empower responsible businesses can become stronger. Not only is rampant consumption feeding into the corporatocracy, but it is also threatening the future of our children in every way from their food sources to their health. Through our purchasing decisions, we send powerful messages to the corporations. It is time now for those messages to be about creating an economy that cleans up pollution, helps starving people feed themselves, and develops new energy, transportation, communications, banking, education, and marketing systems – instead of about more militarization and pillaging of the earth.

After we commit to daily actions we see our goals become achievements and our dreams become reality. As I suggested in a recent blog, when you identify a cause that inspires you and email at least 10 people every day urging them to act around that cause and also asking them to email 10 of their friends, you manifest magical powers.

Setting clear goals helps us to be intentional about changing poor habits into powerful ones. Writing those goals down and sharing them with friends and family creates momentum and accountability. We can transform ourselves with each dream that starts in the heart and becomes reality.

It takes just one voice to start a movement. One voice is joined by hundreds and then thousands more voices to create an insurmountable energy for change. All over the world, we can and will continue uniting and demanding for the right of the people to be served. Strong grassroots movements will be unstoppable with enough of us behind them.

Let 2014 be the year that you dedicate yourself like never before to your transformative journey and your practice of living in a new consciousness. No matter what goals you set for yourself in the new year, one of the most important actions you can take is to educate those around you about these issues and how to make an impact regarding them.

Let’s dance together, soar together, and share our passions with others.

Please join me at this upcoming event:

February 6, 2014: EVOLVER LEARNING LAB- Food, Plant and Animal Alchemy and Awakening Your Spirit – ONLINE COURSE, First of Four
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT
Topic: Use the energies of food, plants and animals as an aid to developing spiritual insights and expanded consciousness. Hosted by John Perkins and John Kozinski
Details: 90 minute live video seminar with Question & Answer time
Location: ONLINE- 4 Course Seminar
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A Total Outrage: Ecuador Shuts Down an NGO!

John Perkins

This is an outrage! In defiance of law, human rights, and the rights of nature, the Ecuadorian government under President Rafael Correa sent officials from the Police Administration to abruptly shut down Fundacion Pachamama in Quito without legal cause or due process.

On this day when we remember the life of Nelson Mandela, it is especially ironic that a Latin American country is joining forces with the corporatocracy to obliterate the rights of indigenous people and wreak more havoc on one of the world’s most fragile and important eco-systems.

Fundacion Pachamama is a nonprofit outgrowth of and is supported by the Pachamama Alliance, an organization that I co-founded (along with Bill and Lynne Twiste) in 1995 to fight for the rights of nature and the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. The important work of these organizations has been threatened, laying the groundwork for the government to attack other foundations and organizations in the same lawless manner. What has been done is blatantly illegal and must be addressed strongly and immediately.

The international oil companies and the corporatocracy have pressured the Ecuadorian government to violently exploit the rights of the people of the Amazon specifically and by extension, the human rights of all. Recently, the Ecuadorian government has attempted to allow investors and oil executives from around the world to bid for the right to oil development in areas of the Amazon basin that belong to the indigenous people. Fundacion Pachamama has supported the indigenous people in their struggles to protect their homes, cultures, and lands. That support has prompted the government to take this outrageous action against them.

The Interior Ministry accused this organization of “affecting the public peace” because of their peaceful protests against the bidding, which is called XI Oil Round. “We are peaceful,” said Joke Baert, a Fundacion Pachamama spokeswoman. “We defend human rights and we have never promoted or supported violence. The government should carry out a deep investigation.”

The international NGO community is leaping to Fundacion Pachamama’s defense, with organizations such as Amazon Watch showing solidarity by spreading awareness and reaching out to the media as well as to legal channels to restore justice and allow the movement to continue unfettered in favor of the rights of nature.

Amazon Watch stated in an email to its members: “We cannot allow for this aggression to distract attention and debate from the larger issues, such as the violation of the collective rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, the Human Rights of all, and the Rights of Nature.”

Fundacion Pachamama released a statement regarding this violation of their rights, saying, “This closure is an arbitrary act that seeks to suppress our legitimate right to dissent from the decision of the National Government to concede areas of Amazonian indigenous nations to oil companies, without respecting their constitutional rights and to free, prior and informed consultation, according to the standards of the International Law of Human Rights.”

We need you to stand with us in this fight for justice. Please “like” Fundacion Pachamama on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@FPachamama_Ec), for more updates in the coming hours and days. Get involved in the global conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #SolidaridadPachamama to show support. You can also call the Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate closest to you, letting them know Fundacion Pachamama should be reopened. (

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By John Perkins

Please be sure to see my upcoming Online Shapeshifting Course and My Trip to the Lands of the Maya in Guatemala listed at the bottom!

November is a month for reflection on giving thanks. As people around the world are waking to the consciousness revolution, we are also owning up to our power and strengths, and we are committing to making positive impacts in the world. Below I reflect on just a few of the many recent and pivotal accomplishments of the consciousness revolution.

Sustainability and Food:
The green movement picked up speed and supporters. Its strength grows exponentially as more and more consumers become aware of the impact that sustainable living and good business practices have on the economy, the environment and public health. We’ve seen a huge shift towards local goods, organic produce and businesses that support this movement.

I’ve written before in blogs and newsletters about two large movements: The March Against Monsanto and fast food workers striking to demand higher wages in order to survive without public assistance. Both of these movements have generated a great deal of press coverage and captured the attention of activists and politicians.

Corporate Social Responsibility:
This movement scored a major success this year when the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule on the disclosure of executive compensation. Under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, companies will be required to publish the median of the annual total compensation to all employees except the CEO, the annual total compensation of its CEO, and the ratio of the two amounts. This kind of information is critical for shareholders and the public. It will help support responsible corporate governance.

Social Justice:
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. This has enabled same-sex couples who are legally married to participate in federal programs like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health insurance and retirement funds.

The legalization of marijuana has made major strides, particularly in Colorado and Washington. For the most part, the corporatocracy opposes this. Many, including pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco, and petrochemical companies, see its legalization as a threat to their profits.

The gridlock in Washington has shown our politicians for what they truly are: corporatocracy pons. The status quo, big-business campaign financiers do not want change. The current laws favor them, granting huge subsidies and tax breaks. The corporatocracy pays the Democrats to vote for a bill, and the Republicans to vote against it. Gridlock. Nothing changes. They win. But the recent “off-year” elections demonstrated that increasing numbers of voters aren’t falling for it any more. The Tea Party tumbled. It was not a total victory, but the signs of reawakening progressive movements were written on the election booths.

The above are just a few of many examples. The point to emphasize is that while it is easy to be cynical, negativity gains nothing. And there are many reasons to be thankful for the accomplishments and trend changes we are experiencing.

I ask you to make a list of events of the past year that give you hope, and then email that list to at least ten friends. Use it as inspiration for continuing this dance into a better world– the transformation from a Death Economy to a Life Economy.



That Cheap Burger Isn’t So Cheap After All

By John Perkins

One of the biggest and most passionate political issues the U.S. has faced since before the American Revolution is taxes. We work hard for our money so what we pay in taxes and where our taxes go matter. Most of us would agree that funding education, infrastructure and other sectors that grow the economy are wise investments.

But subsidizing billionaires?

At best, stupid. At worst, criminal.

As I said in my last blog, Big Oil receives more than $4 billion each year in subsidies from the U.S. taxpayer– Food for our cars. What about food for the people?

According to recent research by the University of California, Berkeley, low wages in the fast-food industry cost American taxpayers nearly $7 billion every year! A complementary analysis by the National Employment Law Project concluded that McDonald’s alone costs us $1.2 billion annually. Because workers are not paid enough to support themselves, taxpayers make up the difference.

While the employees of these fast-food chains are struggling to make end’s meet at an average wage of $8.69 an hour, the CEOs of the seven largest publicly traded fast-food companies earned a combined total of $53 million last year. In August, fast-food workers protested by going on strike in 60 U.S. cities. Their goal? A $15 hourly “living wage.” Although more than twice the federal minimum of $7.25, even this is barely enough to meet the basic needs of a family of four.

With more than half the low-wage workers at fast-food restaurants relying on public assistance to survive, it is evident that this model isn’t working for the workers or for the rest of us. In addition to placing the burden of monetary assistance on taxpayers instead of the corporations that wallow in huge profits, this model is crippling our country’s economic growth.

That cheap burger just isn’t so cheap after all!

This raises a serious question about the long-term viability of our economy. Since 1999, the median of the middle-class household income has declined by over 9%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. You would think that even those greedy executives who are swimming in their penthouse pools of burger bun dough could understand that if this continues, there will be fewer and fewer consumers. Low wages are just plain bad business. Higher incomes mean more purchases.

If you are reading this, you are probably one of the more than 80% of U.S. adults with Internet access. It’s likely that you also know at least 10 other people with Internet access. That means you’ve got the power to change the fast-food industry (and the oil, GMO, and so many other industries). The marketplace is a democratic voting booth, and every time you and those 10 friends make a purchase or don’t (and send an email to let the companies know why), you cast an important ballot.

I urge you: start a campaign. Send an email to those 10 friends and ask each of them to contact 10 of their friends. And so on and so forth. Let McDonalds, Burger King and the others know that you will not buy another morsel of food from them until they pay their workers a fair living wage.

It’s time to stand firm. Time to come together to help our sisters and brothers in the fast food business get what they deserve. And when you do this you will feel energized. We all will. We’ll feel the burst of euphoria that comes from our individual actions, and we will experience the power of joining together for a good cause. After we convince the fast food industry to do the right thing, we’ll be energized and empowered; we’ll know that we can transform the energy, agriculture, banking, pharmaceutical, communications and other industries. We will create a better world.



The Real Significance of Syria

By John Perkins

President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval before taking action against Syria is a watershed moment in modern history. It sends a clear message to the world that this president is committed to a representative democracy [meaning that although we the people do not vote directly on most issues (pure democracy), we do elect representatives to vote on our behalf].

During the past four decades, beginning with the Reagan administration, the U.S. walked a path that was veering dangerously close to oligarchy (rule by a small group, in this case the corporatocracy). U.S. Presidents, yielding to pressure from those who financed their campaigns, insisted that they had the power to launch strikes against other nations without approval by Congress; in addition to the obvious ones, like Iraq, Afghanistan and Panama, there were dozens of other, less known “incursions,” as well as CIA-sponsored coups to overthrow governments. All too often these had little to do with protecting the interests of our people and everything to do with helping corporations exploit natural and human resources – and gain a stronger grip on the reins of government.

President Obama, like his predecessors, claims that he has the authority to take military action against Syria without congressional approval; however – and it is a BIG however – he has gone on record as stating that he will not do this. In his words:

I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.

I’ve written in these pages about the vulnerability of the U.S. presidency and the limitations on his power. What is going on now does not change that, but it does highlight the fact that the President of the United States can take a strong moral position and a significant political stance. He can stand against those who would sabotage the foundations of our representative democracy, a system that millions have fought to defend for over 200 years. This president is doing exactly that.

There can be no doubt that the pressures on Obama to launch an immediate and unilateral strike against Syria are great. The corporatocracy that helped finance his campaign and whose members staff key positions in his administration will make billions of dollars off such actions.

One can only imagine the powerful people who have marched into the Oval office these past days demanding that U.S. forces strike without warning. They have cajoled and threatened Obama and have insisted that to wait for Congress to decide tips the scale in favor of the enemy, giving them too much time to hide their weapons and formulate strategies.

Well thought-out arguments by reasonable people can be made both for and against taking military action. We will find out the consequences of the final decision in the days to come. What is even more significant, however, is that this President has gone on record as taking a bold stand in favor of representative democracy.

It has become apparent that we now have a President who is attempting to turn us off that path to oligarchy. It is more important to him that we risk forewarning the enemy than risk undermining our principles of governance. Ultimately, Obama’s decision to take this matter to a congress of elected representatives will turn out to be far more important than whatever occurs in Syria.



August 15: A Clarion Call

By John Perkins

Reminder: I hope to see many of you the weekend of August 16-18 at Omega where Barbara Marx Hubbard and I will teach a workshop on birthing this new era. I’ll bring back lots of energy and spirits from the rain forest plants and people.

I’m headed to the Amazon this week.

I am aware that I will just be returning from Latin America on August 15, a significant date in U.S. history. The Case-Church Amendment approved by Congress brought an official end to all U.S bombing in Southeast Asia on August 15, 1973. It was a major admission that we had lost a war we should never have entered.

I avoided Vietnam by joining the Peace Corps and spending 3 years in the Amazon and Andes. For me, like so many others, August 15, 1973 was a vindication. It proved that the reasons cited for fighting that war were totally false.

The rationalization behind invading Vietnam had been the threat of a Communist take over. The Red Tide would inundate the “free” world if we failed to stop Ho Chi Minh. Our government officials instilled in us the fear that our children would fall under the spell of a Satanic leader, even as today they threaten that we will be overrun by dark forces if we don’t submit to draconian laws that permit them to listen in on our most personal conversations and send drones to kill innocent women and children in other countries.

Now I’m headed again to Latin America where people are incensed that the U.S. has eavesdropped on their governments and committed an act many consider as one of war by what they refer to as “hijacking” the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales because Washington suspected (wrongfully) that the ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden was aboard. The presidents of Brazil, Argentina and Chile announced that they were withdrawing their ambassadors from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal – countries that collaborated with the incident around Morales’s plane. They issued this statement:

“The gravity of the incident – indicative of a neocolonial mindset – constitutes an unfriendly and hostile act, which violates human rights and impedes freedom of travel, as well as the treatment and immunity appropriate to a head of state.”

August 15 is a day to remember. It proved that our policies back in the 60s and early 70s served only the interests of the military-industrial complex. American and Vietnamese soldiers and innocent civilians died horrible deaths – or returned physically and mentally broken. Our nation was divided. Students were shot by the National Guard at Kent State. Hundreds of thousands were beaten and tear-gassed. The rich grew richer.

Let August 15 serve as a reminder that our government has forsaken its people – and the world – in the past. It is doing so again. We must demand that this cease and that those we elect protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution – including the right to privacy and freedom of speech. Let the clarion call go out on August 15 that we will end the wars we are currently fighting and policies that keep expanding the gap between rich and poor, here at home and around the globe.


JULY 2013

Reflection on Freedom

By John Perkins

Looking back over the 4th of July holiday weekend, I feel that it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and fireworks and forget about the meaning behind what they represent. On July 4th in 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, thereby announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. While the Constitution provides the framework for the law and government in the United States, it is significant also in that it became a global declaration that all people “are created equal.”

Throughout the year, we have witnessed an astounding number of political uprisings and protests around the world and we’ve seen acts of great valor, defiance and resilience. Many of these protests stem from the growing frustrations of people with the greed and corruption within their governments.

July 4 marked the birth of a nation built on the ideals of Freedom, Civil Liberty, and Democracy. Fed up with the oppressive abuses of the Britain government, the people of this country fought for our independence and the establishment of a nation where people are not oppressed, but encouraged to express their opinions and beliefs. During these times of drastic changes in technology and global politics, it is incumbent upon us to make sure that our own government does not betray these principles. Not in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, or the halls of its own agencies like the NSA.

With Independence comes great responsibility. We the People are responsible for keeping our government in check and ensuring that it remains a government “by the people, of the people and for the people.” Now that the festivities are over, let us roll up our sleeves and work hard to protect the rights that so many have protected for so long.

A Special Note from John Perkins

Dear Friends,

I am so excited about the 7-session course I began teaching last night, Monday July 8th entitled “The Path of the Dreamshifter: A Shamanic Journey to Awaken Your Highest Creative Powers & Birth Your Soul’s Vision into Reality!” These sessions are held over the phone! No need to leave your home or office. And if you missed that first seesion, you can still sign up and get a recorded version.

I hope you will join us. If you’ve not already signed up, please do so at:



JUNE 2013

The Power of Protest: from Turkey to Monsanto

By John Perkins

Note: John will be teaching a transformational weekend workshop July 20-21 (see below)

I’ve often written that we’ve entered the biggest revolution in history, the Consciousness Revolution. People are waking up and taking action in unprecedented ways. Two recent events highlight this: the May 25 March Against Monsanto and the protesters who, even as I write these words, have taken over the streets of Istanbul and other Turkish cities.

During the March Against Monsanto, more than 2 million people in 52 countries called attention to the dangers of genetically modified foods and the power of the Monsanto Corporation, the world’s largest agricultural biotechnology company and the industry leader of genetically engineered products. (Monsanto was also the main manufacturing of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War; as I witnessed on a recent trip to that country, this chemical weapon continues to poison the land and water of several Asian countries, impacting the lives of millions of people).

During three recent visits to Turkey, I heard that although Prime Minister Erdogan had worked economic miracles in his country, many Turks were worried by his increasing authoritarianism. Those worries shapeshifted into action this past weekend. What began as a protest against turning a popular Istanbul park into a shopping mall erupted into a full-scale movement that opposes what many see as Erdogan’s arrogant disregard for the needs of the roughly 50% of Turks who did not vote for him.

Revolutions are fueled by communications and the Consciousness Revolution is no exception. The mainstream press has forsaken We the People, but Facebook, Twitter, and other social media have come to the rescue. They played an important role in organizing both the March Against Monsanto and the Turkish protests. However, we must all recognize that typing words is not enough. The real impact – the shapeshift – occurs when those words motivate us to take action.

I often write in this newsletter that: 1) we are in the prophesized times of extreme crises, 2) these times open us to new opportunities, and 3) we all have the ability to shapeshift ourselves and our world. I’ve decided that now, in the post-2012 birthing, is the time to bring these aspects together in powerful workshops and webinars. The first:

Shapeshifting: Transform Yourself to Create Positive Change with John Perkins
2-day retreat sponsored by Infinity Foundation in Chicago area July 20-21

In this Chicago hands-on experiential retreat, we will explore the three levels of shapeshifting: Cellular— transforming the body and healing disease, Personal— living in the now and dropping addictions, and Institutional— changing society. You’ll develop skills to focus energy and attention in order to manifest personal and global shifts, and you’ll also experience shamanism, healing and spirituality. For details, click here.

Dates: July 20-21, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday night optional program 7:00 – 900 PM
Place: Techny Towers, 2001 Waukegan Rd., near Northbrook, IL
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MAY 2013

Collapsed Factories, Hundreds of Deaths: Who’s to Blame?

By John Perkins

I recently returned from Vietnam, a country riddled with land mines and Agent Orange. I was disheartened by the damage done there, and I am saddened to know that parts of the world still face avoidable tragedies, such as the one where more than 360 people were killed when a factory collapsed at Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh last week. This catastrophe follows the Ali Enterprises Factory fire in Karachi that killed more than 260 people in September. These factories make products for big-brand U.S. companies, products that you and I buy.

Just as the minefields and Agent Orange-drenched lands of Vietnam were the result of U.S. government policies, the collapses of these buildings are also our responsibility. There is no excuse for the Pentagon’s use of chemical weapons and other ordinance that destroys land and water for centuries and kills and maims hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, but at least the U.S, government is accepting some accountability. On that recent trip, I represented Clear Path International, an NGO that receives much of its funding from the U.S. State Department and is dedicated to helping land mine, Agent Orange and other war-related victims.

There is absolutely no justification for Western corporations to outsource production to factories with unsafe working environments. Today, the evidence is overwhelming. The products you and I buy from companies such as Wal-Mart, JC Penny and Primark are killing innocent people. Those companies need to change their policies. You and I must insist that they do so!

We know that U.S. corporations outsource production overseas where the labor is cheap, regulations nonexistent or not enforced, and profit margins are high. They have moved millions of jobs offshore during the last 30 years; with this trend has come a blatant disregard for workers’ rights and labor standards. The insistence by these companies that they have no responsibility for conditions at these factories is patently absurd; the factories are totally dependent on the U.S companies for their very existence.
In Bangladesh, the building’s owner, Sohel Rana, was arrested this weekend as he attempted to flee the country. There is no limit to explanations for the collapse considering building codes are rarely enforced in Bangladesh, where corruption and pay-offs are prevalent. American corporations have persuaded many of their nonprofit critics to turn a blind eye to these social injustices through partnerships and donations that amount to financial bribes. Corruption at different levels is rampant in the U.S., as well as overseas.

But you and I can change this. The ultimate responsibility is ours.

While globalized production has the potential to provide jobs and a decent standard of living to everyone on the planet, it has been dominated by the mutant form of capitalism that is driven solely by profit with no regard for the social or environmental costs.

We, as consumers, have the power to stand up to these businesses. Every time you go to the store, your purchasing leverage can either fuel bad practices or encourage good stewardship. The responsibility lies in all our hands – to educate ourselves and to spread the word that we will only patronize those companies that are dedicated to making the world a better place for all of us.


APRIL 2013

The Arms Treaty – Thank you President Obama!

By John Perkins

I just flew from SE Asia to the Middle East, two regions that have been the scenes of violence – much of it involving my country, the US – for most of my lifetime. Sitting in my Istanbul hotel, looking out on this historic city, I am relieved to read that the global arms trade treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013. The first treaty of its type, it seeks to regulate the $70 billion international business in conventional arms, ranging from light weapons to battle tanks and warships.

The voting results highlight two interesting facts: The 155 votes in favor prove that the vast majority of countries are striving for a peaceful world and an end to the conflicts here in the Middle East and elsewhere. The 3 votes against, from Syria, Iran, and North Korea, tell us that we must come up with creative approaches to deal with the few nations that seem determined to undermine the peace process.

The US has a long history of blocking efforts at regulating weapons – including the strong opposition within our own boarders to gun control. My recent travels to Vietnam and Myanmar and now in the Middle East have once again been strong reminders of the role the US has played in fomenting wars in so many parts of the world and in using weapons like land mines and agent orange in ways that to me are totally unconscionable. By signing and promoting this arms treaty, the Obama Administration has taken a bold and laudable step in a new direction; he has positioned the US as a leader along a path to world peace.

If this treaty is implemented effectively, it will make a real difference for people everywhere. It will reduce the flow of arms and ammunition that fuels wars. Binding requirements for cross-border arms contracts are a major move toward ensuring that arms will not be used in human rights abuses, terrorism or violations of humanitarian law. In addition to its legal implications, this treaty is also a clear message that the majority of UN countries are committed to trying to find the path to peace.

I signed a letter to President Obama thanking him for his part in making this treaty a reality. And I added a note that I hope his administration will do everything in its power to reduce – rather than inflame – tensions in Korea, Iran, and Syria. During my travels, I constantly hear from the citizens of other countries that the world looks to the US for leadership. In this time of nuclear and chemical weapons that threaten to destroy our very existence on this planet, there is nothing more important than leading a global movement to peace. Let us praise President Obama and encourage him to keep doing more.


MARCH 2013

Italian Election: Awakening Consciousness?

By John Perkins

Who would have predicted that a comedian-turned-political activist, Beppe Grillo, and the anti-austerity Five Star Movement would win the Italian election? What caused this massive rejection of Prime Minister Mario Monti’s austerity policies?

U.S President Obama, German chancellor Merkel, and other European leaders who backed Mario Monti must be puzzling over these questions. The recent Italian elections support a trend I have been describing for several years: a global awakening in consciousness. Voters in Italy resoundingly rejected the two parties that had dominated, both of which advocated austerity and other measures that favor the 1% at the expense of the 99%. The electorate propelled to power the practically unheard of the Five Star Party.

President Obama is well advised to listen carefully to the voices from Italy. Here are just a few of the many interesting anti-austerity ideas recommended by the Five Star Party that we in the US should adopt:

• Legislation to tighten laws against corporate and political corruption
• Laws that outlaw corporate influence in politics
• Rules that end “revolving doors” between business and government
• Incentives and regulations to clean up the environment
• Plans to expand and broaden the internet
• Development of sustainable energy and transportation
• Improvements in roads, bridges, water, sewer, and other infrastructure
• Reforms in banking laws – get private ownership (the Fed) out of the central bank
• Incentives for local businesses

Economic slow-downs require investment, not austerity. Our leaders – whether they are in Italy or the US – must lead us into a new type of economy, one that is based on cleaning up our polluted planet rather than polluting it even more, feeding starving people, and taking care of war victims rather than declaring more wars. There is much to be done and doing it will spur economic growth.

The stock market recently soared to new peaks but it cannot sustain them if the austerity programs remain in effect. In fact, the market will plummet once again. Obeying the howl of the austerity advocates will propel our nation into greater calamity. Democrats and Republicans alike must discard the “economics of austerity” mentality and listen to that old adage that “you’ve got to spend money to make money.” Spend it wisely, yes, and know that right now there is a multitude of wise investments potentials.

The Italians sent a strong message to their leaders. Hopefully, it was a message heard around the world and especially in Washington.



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Obama, 2013, Costa Rica, and the Maya Lands of Guatemala

By John Perkins

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a call for change and action. In many respects his words echoed the messages of the indigenous prophecies for these coming times.

I recently returned from teaching workshops for Omega at Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. We delved deep into the hope-filled prophecies around post-2012 and the way indigenous teachings can lead us from the brink of environmental, political, economic and social destruction to a sustainable, just, peaceful, and thriving world.

From the beginning of his first run for President, Obama has emphasized that we must be the agents of change. It is an urgent message that truly reflects the prophecies. We the People must do it. You and I. It is a call for action that has reverberated through the history of democracies. George Washington said it. Lincoln said it. Eisenhower and Kennedy said it.

I am devoting this next year to writing, speaking out, and acting on this subject, culminating in a magical trip to the Maya lands in Guatemala in December 2013. I hope you will join me in making a commitment to doing everything you can to create the type of change we all know is necessary. I also invite you to join me and Mayan shamans, teachers, and elders, on the trip described below:


2013- Birthing the New Era
Realizing the Prophecies
in the Lands of the Maya:
Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness
John Perkins & Daniel Koupermann
December 13 – 22, 2013

The December 2012 trip celebrated the end of a 5,125 year period. This year, 2013, according to the Maya, is a time to birth into a new era, to elevate ourselves and our communities to higher consciousness.

Soar into the power and mystery of ancient prophecies! Join John Perkins – NY Times bestselling author and leading expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism – Daniel Koupermann – expedition guide and environmentalist – and local Mayan teachers and shamans on this life-changing adventure to the mountains and rain forests of Central America. Apply shapeshifting approaches, elevate yourself to higher states of consciousness, and transform yourself and the world around you.

December 21, 2012 was identified by Mayan astrologers more than a millennium ago as the Great Turning – a time of opportunity to “shapeshift” human societies away from exploitation, brutality, and materialism into cooperation, compassion, and spirituality. John, Daniel, men and women Mayan shamans, and a powerful group of people from 11 countries performed many powerful ceremonies before, during, and after 12/21/12. On this first anniversary, during the 2013 Equinox, we take the journey to another level.

Be part of this select group of travelers who will explore, study, and celebrate together the true birth of a “new” time on our planet.

Indigenous elders and shamans around the world have taught John and Daniel that all life is energy and that personal and global transformation occurs by altering energy. The Maya are known as the Masters of Subtle Energy. On this journey you will:

• Learn how prophecies from cultures around the globe interweave
• Perform fire ceremonies in Tikal and other sacred sites with local shamans
• Learn shapeshifting approaches while embracing the power of exploding volcanoes
• Visit jungles inhabited by jaguars, howler monkeys, and the mysterious coatis
• Empower your personal mission; release barriers that have inhibited you
• Participate in experiential shapeshifting workshops
• Hear the stories and prophecy interpretations of Central and South America elders
• Explore secret inter-dimensional passageways, portals to what the Maya call the “Unseen Universe”
• Stay in magnificent colonial haciendas; feast on delicious local foods
• Roam the streets, markets, and quaint shops of colonial Antigua
• Learn the shamanic art of “Living in Ecstasy” and
• Connect with like-minded people

This is a trip for those of us who want to learn, share unconditional love and life-changing experiences, and shapeshift the world we pass on to future generations. If this is you, we invite you to join us on this life-altering journey!

Cost for the journey is $3300 per person. This includes all expenses except the international airfare to and from Guatemala City, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and other personal expenses. We are only able to accommodate a limited number of participants on the journey, so reserve your place with a deposit of $600. By June 15, 2013 a second payment of $1,000 is due and the final payment of $1700 is due October 15, 2013.

Payments (checks only) as well as questions about the trip should be made to:

Linda Leyerle
3256 Southern Drive Suite 461
Garland, TX 75043

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancellation is made before June 15, 2013, 50% refund will be made until October 15, 2013. If cancellation is made after October 15, 2013 there will be no refund.


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Obama’s Unambiguous Inauguration Address: YOU Must Act!

By John Perkins

President Barack Obama declared “we must take action” in his 2013 Inaugural Address. His words took me back to the day when I wrote something similar in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and to the many talks I have given since, urging readers and audiences not to wait for our leaders but for each one of us to take action every day.

Our president vowed to continue fighting for equality of women and for the rights of gays and lesbians, for immigration reform and gun control, for more income equality, against climate warming, to end the war in Afghanistan, protect social security and Medicare, advance our education system, and support the type of research and science that will establish new jobs. This was music to my ears. But what impressed me most was his constant call for “togetherness,” for us to get involved. As I’ve said many times in this newsletter, our leaders are vulnerable, they cannot do it – the corporatocracy has their number – it is up to us, you and me.

According to Obama “We must act knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years to advance the timeless spirit…”

The message is clear. Do not expect our president or our Congress to create a better world. Take on that responsibility yourself. Responsibility? Yes. Challenge? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. What can be more fun or more satisfying than creating a better world for ourselves and our offspring?

Now is the perfect moment to ask yourself: What do I want? Do I want faces on magazine covers of people who exploit workers, pay fortunes to lawyers and lobbyists to defend the status quo, and ship their money to overseas tax havens? Children raised on a planet where less than 5 percent of the population (living in the U.S.) consumes more than 25 percent of the resources? A world where violence escalates by the day and militaristic tactics against “terrorism” force us into a constant state of siege?

Of course the answers to these questions are a resounding “NO!”

What we want is a world where new economies are created – Life Economies instead of Death Economies. Where the models for our children are the founders and managers of institutions that restore ravaged lands and polluted lakes, promote sustainable energy, and help starving people feed themselves. Where no one is denied medical care and everyone is given the right to live out the last days of his or her life in dignity. Where people of all races and sexual preferences are treated equally. Where there are no more land mine victims because there are no more land mines, no more wars.

I have said before that “the choice does not lie with Barack Obama. Or any other politician. The choice is ours!” In this pivotal speech, announcing his final four years, the President urged all of us to respond to his own plea: “Our journey is not complete. We must take action.”

His message echoes that of our Founding Fathers and of other great presidents including Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Kennedy: In a democracy and a republic, We the People must shoulder the responsibility. It is up to us to mold the future.

There are many opportunities for you to contribute to improvements in our current political, economic, educational, health care, military, and other systems. There are many paths you can take. The important thing is to choose one, be persistent, and participate in this grand adventure. As Obama said, you can “set this country’s course.” And you must. We must.


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Football – Why it is THE American Sport

By John Perkins

Watching the annual spectacle of the NFL playoffs, I once again find myself wondering: why is this sport so American? A few other countries have taken it up, but not with anything remotely approaching the fervor of the U.S. You won’t find many players from Italy, Nigeria, or Brazil on the NFL lists!

Why has this sport, which is so different from others, achieved such popularity in the U.S.? When I ask friends I usually hear answers such as “we like violence.” While Hollywood seems to confirm the validity of this statement in general, I’ve always thought there must be more to the football phenomenon than that.

Ah ha! I’ve got it!

Unlike almost every other team sport – basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball – many of the players on the gridiron do not get to touch the ball. Ever. They manhandle and tackle each other – bodies clash and pile on other bodies – but they don’t touch that pigskin. Of course one player always handles the ball. And that same player dictates the moves for everyone else on the team.

Unlike other sports, most of the players do not make decisions; they simply obey that one guy. Oh yes, on any given play, once the one or two guys who do touch the ball actually have it in their hands, they can choose to fake right and run left or fake left and run right… but that’s about it!

And the guy who always touches the ball and calls the shots generally makes more money and basks in the limelight more than anyone else. He is judged by statistics: completed passes, touchdowns, interceptions, tackles, those sorts of things, and also – naturally – his salary and bonuses.

The teams will do just about anything to beat the competition. Every year, they go all out to attain #1 status. The hype is mind-boggling. To a large degree, the future income of players, as well as owners, depends on the team’s annual rankings. Players follow the money. They may stay with one team for many years but only if it enables them to amass greater fortunes and increases their chances of reaching the #1 spot. They may profess loyalty to team or city, but that is just good PR.

So, does this remind you of any other type of organization?

It does me…

It seems to me that football is so popular in the U.S. because we are the capital of capitalism. The football team represents the corporation. The quarterback is the CEO. The backs and receivers are the VPs and those guys who keep piling up on each other (without touching the ball) are most of the rest of us, the workers.

When we watch the game, we get to anticipate what the quarterback will do next. Third down and eight… He will pass, but will he go long or just for the first down? Within moments, we get the answer. Immediate gratification. We can’t do that with CEOs. Will we get a raise this year? What about an early retirement? Wait and see, do not hold your breath!

So this weekend, snap on the TV, chug a beer, wolf down the pretzels, and pretend you can actually call the shots…



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December 14, 2012

DECEMBER 2012: The Awakening

By John Perkins

I just arrived in Guatemala and am looking forward to participating in the powerful Awakening, the birthing of this new era prophesied long ago by the Maya.
I hope you will join me at the celebration on December 22 led by Barbara Marx Hubbard and many well-known spiritual teachers (see press release below). It is broadcast live from all over the world — including a group, I am facilitating of 30 from the “North” and a community of Mayas performing sacred ceremonies around Tikal and in Lake Peten, Guatemala. These are the times we’ve been waiting for — a wonderful opportunity to open our hearts and celebrate this new epoch that is so full of hope, love, and potential.



BIRTH 2012:
Global Movement Aims to
Unify 100 Million People to Celebrate the Birth of a New Era

DECEMBER 20-22, 2012

Bestselling Authors, Musicians and Cultural Leaders Unite in More than 40 Major Events from Mexico to Australia in an Unprecedented Global Webcast, Culminating with a Los Angeles Gala Event.

December 10, 2012 (Los Angeles) – The end of the long-count Mayan calendar on December 21 has provoked apocalyptic fears, doomsday books and films, parodies, and even triggering outbreaks of panic, as recently reported in a December 1 New York Times article on Russia’s end-of-the-world anxiety. By contrast, the far more positive and forward-looking Birth 2012 movement, organized by The Shift Network, offers a creative and hopeful alternative. Rather than feed fears, the movement aims to turn this marker point into a “birth day” for a new era that is healthy, sustainable, and peaceful. The conveners recognize the power of this once-in-five-thousand-years turning point to unify people globally around a commitment to create a world that works for all. Through the Birth 2012 movement and its unprecedented 33-hour global live webcast linking more than 40 major locations, many of today’s top cultural leaders, bestselling authors, religious leaders, and musicians will join together in a call for a collective shift to a new way of living. Livecast locations include Mexico, Egypt, India, Japan, Israel, Ghana, Kenya, Scotland, Guatemala, Brazil, and Canada, plus dozens of locations in the United States. Led by bestselling author Barbara Marx Hubbard and The Shift Network’s Stephen Dinan, the movement features New York Times bestselling authors and thought leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, John Perkins, Neale Donald Walsch, don Miguel Ruiz, Jack Canfield, Joan Borysenko, and Lisa Nichols; spiritual leaders such as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ram Dass, Jean Houston, Shiva Rea, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Mayan elders, Oscar Miro-Quesada, and members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers; actors such as Esai Morales; social change leaders such as Lynne Twist, Dot Maver, and James O’Dea; journalists such as Lynne McTaggart; academics such as Ervin Laszlo of Global Shift University and Ashok Gangadean of Haverford; business leaders such as Rinaldo Brutoco of World Business Academy; and musicians such as Ozomatli, Donna DeLory and Rickie Byars Beckwith. Many of these leaders will participate in a live celebration on December 21 and 22 at Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA, while others will join the celebration from other locations around the world. Millions more will connect via 12 waves of unity that will be staged every two hours leading up to the “birth moment” at noon Pacific on December 22. These will include synchronized meditations, prayers, songs, and practices worldwide, ranging from a Havdalah prayer from Jerusalem to One Billion Oms led from India to a world peace prayer ceremony from Mt. Fuji and a global Yoga Wave. For example, One Earth. One Voice., an earth-focused campaign through singing, will be creating a synchronized global song at 2:00 pm Pacific on the 21st, with locations around the world singing a Nigerian Yoruba song.

An Unprecedented Global Webcast

The major 2012-themed events around the globe will be shared live during an unprecedented 33-hour webcast that begins December 21 at noon Pacific and continues until December 22 (9 pm Pacific). Executive Producer Charlie Gay, who once managed Cher and produced Billy Graham stadium events said, “I’ve managed shows with a high number of locations, but the Birth 2012 broadcast is the longest stretch of programming of this kind ever attempted while also handling the simultaneous challenge of multiple locations worldwide—and all of this is being put together on relatively short notice.”

The first major event will begin in Byron Bay, Australia, featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard in a multi-media piece called Theater of Our Birth. The program continues with a “Three Days of Love” pledge and media campaign inviting participants to commit to actions and words of love from December 20-22. Celebrated graphic designer, Shepard Fairey, contributed his iconic design, Peace Fingers, for the Three Days of Love campaign. On December 20, a partner initiative called “A Big Project” will focus on activating artistic visions for a better world with a 10-hour webcast from New York. On December 21, many of the large global events will begin, continuing through December 22.

“Birth 2012 is a celebration for the world that helps us build a critical mass of people committed to positive change. Drawing inspiration from visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard and many of today’s bestselling pioneers, we aim to co-create a historic turning point that helps to interconnect the social, spiritual, and technological breakthroughs that can lead us forward out of our current global crises,” shares Stephen Dinan, the co-founder and architect of the Birth 2012 campaign as well as CEO of The Shift Network, which serves 225,000 members with transformational online events, courses, and trainings.

Culminating Gala Event in Los Angeles

Since the Mayan calendar date marks the end of a calendar cycle on December 21, Birth 2012 will designate the Birth Day for a new era on December 22, specifically marking the Birth Moment at noon Pacific time. This moment will be celebrated during a Gala event at Agape International Spiritual Center and include a live global broadcast featuring music, ceremony, inspiring talks, visioning, multi-media, and Shift Awards for peace, sustainability, health, and economics.

The planetary birthing movement is gaining momentum worldwide, with synchronized spiritual and social events designed to shift global consciousness toward love and harmony. Birth 2012 can connect these events in a way that represents a unification on a scale we have perhaps never seen” shares Barbara Marx Hubbard, co-founder and President for the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and former Democratic Vice – Presidential nominee (1984). Hubbard sees this time in history as a critical turning point into the next stage of what she terms “Conscious Evolution” – defined as evolution by choice not chance. Additional elements in the global program to create longer-term change include a Declaration of Interdependence to be signed in Philadelphia and presented in New York, a Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples, and promotion of the Pledge 4 Peace to encourage actions for peace in the coming year. Participants will be encouraged to former local hubs and invited into future programs such as the Winter of Wellness, Spring of Sustainability, and Summer of Peace to create longer-term changes.

Media companies that are contributing to the global production include, PeaceDay TV, EmpowerMe TV, Agape Media, and Peace of Mind TV. Co-sponsors of the Birth 2012 campaign range from Green America to The Peace Alliance and Humanity’s Team. Unity churches (1 million global members) and the Brahma Kumaris (with 2500 global centers) are actively participating in the movement, as are non-profit groups such as EarthDance, and United Nations Women, Los Angeles.


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Austerity and War: Destroying Human Rights

By John Perkins

Holiday crowds swarmed the streets of downtown Seattle. Christmas lights and music filled the night with a festive spirit. My daughter Jessica, five-year old grandson Grant, and our friend Mark left the hustle and bustle of elegant shops and made our way down Marion St., headed for the ferry terminal. As we crossed the pedestrian bridge that arches above the Alaskan Way, we came upon the cluster of homeless people who hang out in the shadows of the ferry terminal. Among the familiar signs perched near them, I spotted a new one: “Iraq Vet. – Austerity and war destroy human rights.”

It was so reminiscent of an article I had recently read by my friend Laura Flanders entitled “Austerity: A Violation of Human Rights?” that I figured the bearded veteran hunkered down behind the sign must have seen that same article. (

The issues around government, economics, and war raise serious questions. All of us, especially we who are citizens of the United States and the European and Asian countries that today control the global economy – one that is obviously failing – must ask ourselves: What impact do the austerity policies proposed by politicians have on human rights? How about war?

Flander’s article points out that President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 defined the “Four Freedoms” essential to good democracy and human rights as: the freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These concepts were incorporated into the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Riding the ferry across Puget Sound and watching Grant snuggle into his mother’s lap as she read a Christmas story to him, I kept thinking about that Iraqi Veteran. It seemed to me that his government, the one he fought for, has taken the last two of FDR’s freedoms away from him.

“Freedom from want” was the keystone of FDR’s New Deal and has been considered a necessary element to good governance ever since. Yet in 2010, 46.9 million people in the U.S. were classified as living in poverty– the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty rates have been published (the 2011 and 2012 numbers will probably be even higher, although not yet published). Globally, about 1 billion people are officially classified as hungry; however, governments tend to underestimate these figures: in reality roughly half the world is malnourished, approaching starvation, or actually starving.

“Freedom of fear” has new implications in a country so obsessed with fighting terrorism that its officials pass laws which strike fear into anyone in a position to seriously criticize government policies and the authorities who enforce them. These laws include warrantless searches, secret intelligence (and military) courts, extraordinary renditions, and the denial of habeas corpus, a guarantee that no one shall be detained without sufficient evidence and that anyone arrested will have a speedy trial. Regardless of your opinions about Guantanamo, police brutality against the Occupy Movement and unions, and Bradley Manning, you have to wonder . . .

Those who would keep us in a state of war mentality understand that the threat of war is their avenue to increased riches (since they are the military-industrial complex) and the simplest way to perpetuate fear and the draconian laws that walk hand in hand with it. The war economy also assures huge budget deficits – which in turn offer an excuse for cutting back on social services for the poor and middle classes. The U.S. military budget is more than 50% of the world total; yet among the 34 OEDC countries the U.S. ranks last in spending on social services. Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century historian and author of Democracy in America, wrote: “All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.”

As the debates rage in Washington and throughout Europe over trade-offs between raising taxes on the rich and cutting social services for everyone else, as we muddle through the militaristic flag-waving that brings us closer to war in the Middle East and create a mushroom cloud of national debt, and as we continue to grant oil and other mega-companies huge concessions to ravage lands and cultures around the planet, we might be well advised to heed the message of a man who went to Iraq and now sits in the cold shadows of the Seattle ferry terminal: “Austerity and war destroy human rights.”

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The Election: Blazing New Trails

By John Perkins

Here in San Francisco where I’m speaking at the Green Festival and several events for The Pachamama Alliance, the jubilation over President Obama’s victory is palpable. It is a good time to celebrate, if you voted for him; a good time to evaluate the mood of America, if you did not. And, in either case, it’s a good time to ask ourselves: What is the real significance of this election? It sends important signals to liberals and conservatives and everyone in between!

Regular readers of this newsletter know that I believe the President of the U.S. does not have a great deal of power. He is beholden to those who finance his campaign, especially big corporations and their owners and CEOs. He has to face the 10,000 lobbyists who haunt the halls of Washington. He is vulnerable to the threat of character assassination, verbal bullets that can be fired at him through rumors of sexual and other improprieties, if he rubs powerful interests the wrong way. Whatever the truth behind the Petraeus scandal, it sends a warning to all people in positions of authority.

Yet, despite the weaknesses in presidential power, this election is significant. The President is a messenger and a symbol. The fact that this messenger and symbol won out over his opponent tells us a great deal about ourselves and where we’re headed.

Let’s face it, President Obama had a lot to overcome in order to win a second term. Heavy debt, high unemployment, unfulfilled promises. . . you know the list. In the end, he was re-elected not because of his record, but because he advocated for the 99% over the 1% and because he challenged us to step forward onto a more socially just and environmentally responsible path; Romney threatened to take us back to pre-New Deal days.

We the people sent the message that we’re sick of robber barons who grow richer and richer while cutting back on our Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, fire departments, and other social services. We’ve had it with billionaires who pay meager, if any, taxes, and expect to get bailed out when the risks they take turn sour. We’re tired of “leaders” who refuse to defend women’s rights, freedom of speech, and people’s choices about whom they want to love.

This election is blazing a trail. President Obama won 71% of Latino voters nationwide. According to exit polls, he also won among women, non-white voters, young voters, and in big cities. With four Supreme Court justices 74 or older, Obama’s second term is likely to result in a liberalized Court that can overturn Citizens United and other corporatocracy-favoring laws.

The message is clear. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party, make no mistake; the mood of the country has changed. We are headed along a new trail. Its landmarks include deeper compassion for those who appear different from us. It is not just about economic growth; it is about better lives for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, as well as a cleaner, healthier environment.

Now it is up to each and every one of us to participate in this adventure. We’re joined by people around the planet. They’ve shown up on Wall Street and in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The trail has been envisioned in the prophecies of ancient cultures that stretch from the deepest jungles to the highest mountains. If we want a better planet for ourselves and future generations, if we want to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy, overcome the horrible prejudices that threaten minorities, women, and – yes – all of us, the 99 %, exchange the corrupt too-big-to-fail banks for local ones, serve our children healthy foods and potable water, and relegate inefficient transportation systems to the history books, we will not only follow those marks along the trail; we will blaze new ones. We will grow bolder and more determined. We will explore this exciting new frontier, much as our forefathers explored the seemingly limitless seas and forests.

I walk along San Francisco’s Market Street. A grey-bearded man looks up at me from a filthy sleeping bag. A ragged woman motions for me to come to a blanket where she sits surrounded by used clothes she’s trying to sell. I continue walking until I come to a place were a crowd has gathered. I peer between the shoulders; young people are dancing. There are Asians, African Americans, Latinos, and a couple as White as me. Michael Jackson’s voice fills the air:

“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself; then make that change.”

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Give Peace a Chance

By John Perkins

The Lennon Ono Peace Award ceremonies were inspirational, thought provoking, and deeply emotional. Now, in a hotel room looking out over the Reykjavik harbor at the distant glacier and hearing John Lennon’s words “I hope some day you will join us and the world will live as one,” I am filled with renewed hope.

As I sat on that stage, I was deeply impressed by the variety of recipients. They ranged in age from early 20s (Pussy Riot) to late 60s (me) and in style from an on-the-ground activist killed for defending her beliefs (Rachel Corrie) to a super-star musician (Lady Gaga) and a controversial writer (Christopher Hitchens). Three were incarcerated in a Russian prison (Pussy Riot) and two were represented by their families because they had passed on (Rachel and Christopher). The one thing they all had in common was that they had been singled out by Yoko Ono. Her commitment to a peace initiative that she and her late husband had started before his death in 1980 set the tone for the day’s events. Every speaker called on the people of the world to recognize that if we are to continue living on a planet our children will recognize we must devote ourselves to peace.

Later that evening, I experienced one of those profound moments: a knowing that we are all connected and here on this planet at this time in history for a shared reason. It was during the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower on a small island off the coast of Iceland and the accompanying music by a local choir, along with the voice of John Lennon singing “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance.” There were perhaps a thousand people from all over the world; we shared a bond that stretched from Pole to Pole.

It seems ironic that politicians can convince their followers that the road to security and peace passes through violence. We must, we are told, employ armies to obtain and insure peace. By now we should recognize the lie in that assertion. We know that violence does not beget peace. In the past, it may have stopped brutal dictators, such as Hitler, but today’s wars serve to increase the riches of a few, the very wealthy who own the businesses that supply armies and rebuild wrecked economies – and cause misery for the rest of us. Wars can subjugate, intimidate and enslave and, by doing so, appear to force others to follow the rules of the perpetrator of violence; but armies inevitably create resentment, hostility and ultimately more violence.

As I stood there on that tiny island, staring up into the blue light that reached from the Imagine Peace Tower high into the atmosphere, I thought about the responsibility we in the United States share in the peace process. We have a military presence in more than 100 countries. When I visit one of these, people ask how my fellow citizens would feel if Russia or China built bases in California or Florida. Not far from the Peace Tower is a military base the U.S. closed in 2006. Icelanders hold this up as an important moment in their history; it is a point of pride and one of the factors that inspired them to stand up to multinational bankers and refuse to be burdened by debts foisted on them by economic hit men. The largest US military base in Latin America was located in Ecuador. When the lease came up for renewal in 1999, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he would renew it if the U.S. would grant Ecuador a lease to build its own base in Florida. Washington declined and so did Correa.

Why are Latin American leaders more inclined these days to deal with China than the U.S.? When I ask them this question, the most common answer is “Because China doesn’t have a military history on this continent. The U.S. does.”

The moment of truth has arrived. The current economic crisis has sent a message that we must tighten our belts. Let us slash the military budget. Allow the world to know that John Lennon has been heard. We will imagine peace. We will give it a chance. If we truly want to live in a world that is just, sustainable, and peaceful, we must set the example now. We are the strongest nation on earth. Let us show our strength by laying down our weapons.



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August 25, 2012

Amazon Dreaming: the New Frontier and Ecuador’s Courageous President

By John Perkins

I had not forgotten the rain forests or the incredible plants and animals that live here. Or the people – the Achuar and Shuar. They are with me every day – as I jog, walk and meditate in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, near my Washington home. Yet being here again, sleeping in an Achuar home, palm-leaf thatching above my head, rising to the sounds of the jungle, and listening to the wisdom of the shamans has re-awakened in me a new sense of both urgency and hope.

These people, these plants and animals live on the frontier. Physically, it is not unlike the frontiers of history. But it is also a frontier never before experienced by human beings. It is the frontier of an awakening consciousness.

This small country that lies at the center of the earth, right on the Equator, is a microcosm for our entire planet. It is both blessed and cursed with an abundance of resources. Judged by modern economics, the most important of these is oil. When I first came here as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1968, oil was touted as the savior that would catapult Ecuador out of poverty and into the type of society we all thought we were creating for ourselves back then – a socially just and environmentally sustainable one (the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission was established in 1965 and the first Earth Day was in 1970!). Instead oil has resulted in immeasurable ecological damage, social disruption, political intrigue (including assassinations and coups), overwhelming debt, and an economy that is radically skewed to favor the rich.

Sound familiar? Unfortunately that is the story of modern “development” – what I defined in Hoodwinked as a new economic agenda that emerged in the 1970s and has oppressed us ever since. Predatory capitalism. As expressed by the economist Milton Friedman, its sole goal is to maximize corporate profits, regardless of the social and environmental costs. It is a form of insanity that has created a world where less than 5% of us (who live in the U.S.) consume almost 30% of the planet’s resources while half the world is on the verge of starving, or actually dying of starvation. Worse still: of that 5% about .0000035% control more assets than 50% of the rest. It is a total failure, not a model that can be replicated in China, India, Africa, or Latin America.

But there is another story. It is a story that is unfolding in Ecuador. The story of changing consciousness. The indigenous people here tell us that “the world is as you dream it” and that our dream of extreme material wealth has become a nightmare. It’s time to recognize that oil is not the most valuable resource. Our forests, our rivers, lakes, and oceans, our air, our plants and animals – the gifts of nature – are the true resources that sustain our lives and our souls. It is time to dream a new dream. And to take actions that materialize this new dream.

Ecuador’s courageous president, Rafael Correa, honors the dream of the people of the forests. He was the driving force behind the first constitution in history to assure inalienable rights for nature. He renegotiated contracts with Big Oil to guarantee that his people would gain a reasonable share of oil profits. He is determined to transform his country into a model that can be replicated, one that will gift our grandchildren with a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.

As I and other members of The Pachamama Alliance sat in council with Achuar leaders and shamans we heard time and again that although Rafael Correa is president of their country and a man who holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Illinois, he is also a person who walks a tightrope. Having been an economic hit man I know exactly what they mean. The pressure exerted by the corporatocracy on our leaders – whether in Quito or Washington D.C. – is daunting. President Zalaya of Hondurous was overthrown in a coup in 2009 because he took a stand against the exploitation of human and natural resources by Dole, Chiquita, Russell Athletics, and other multinationals. President Correa himself survived an attempted coup in 2010. President Obama watched the head of the IMF (and candidate for president of France) brought down by the accusation of a NYC hotel chambermaid. Chiefs of State are vulnerable today, not just to bullets and plane crashes; the threat of character assassination by rumor and innuendo is a potent reality.

The Achuar, like indigenous people around the world, told us that we – you and I, not our leaders – must be the agents of change. We must stand behind the Correas and Obamas. We must support them. And we must act. If we want change, we must dream a new dream and then we must take actions every day to manifest it and to inspire our leaders to do the right thing.

I sat in a dugout canoe on the Capahuari River near the border between Ecuador and Peru. Thousands of miles of rain forest stretched out around me. I was truly on the frontier. I thought about the determination of Daniel Boone and other frontier people to conquer the wilderness and create a safer, more comfortable life for their offspring. And about how that dream became a nightmare addiction to the extreme materialism that now pushes us to the brink of disaster.

Suddenly a pair of pink dolphins surfaced. They frolicked in the water near the canoe. I thought about how these saltwater mammals had adjusted to the fresh waters of this river that is a very long way from the ocean. And then I thought about the new frontier. The frontier of our awakening consciousness.

As I watched those dolphins I had no doubt that we will succeed. We will dream a new dream and come together to manifest it. It will take energy, perseverance, and discipline. And it will take a bit of dolphin-style frolicking.

This amazing jungle, the most biologically diverse place on our planet, the indigenous people who live here, the plants and animals and the courageous president of Ecuador are crafting the new story. And it is also being crafted by so many – the Occupy Movement, Arab Spring, other Latin American and African leaders who are standing strong to defend their lands and cultures, the bloggers, the millions of postings on Face Book, Twitter, YouTube, and the multifarious evolving voices of social networking.

The fact that you are reading this newsletter means that you are part of the awakening. Welcome to the frontier.

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August 8, 2012

From Ecuador – Indigenous Lessons
By John Perkins

As I travel around Ecuador I continue to be impressed with the strength, resilience, and wisdom of the indigenous people. Two examples – one global and one personal:

The Global

On July 25, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the government of Ecuador violated the rights of the Kichwa people of the community of Sarayaku by not giving them a fair hearing and not providing a platform for informed consultation before starting oil development on their lands in the late 1990s.

The ruling is a major victory for the Kichwa and all of us who believe that indigenous people are trail-blazing the way to a more sustainable and socially just world. And it is much more than that. It sets a precedent for the way governments deal with indigenous communities – and by broader implication, with all communities. In essence it requires that communities give their consent before governments sell or lease land and resources to corporations.

The Kichwa of Sarayaku – supported by many other indigenous communities and NGOs like Amazon Watch and The Pachamama Alliance – have struggled to keep oil companies off their lands for many years. They resisted military intervention, threats, bribes, and a vicious propaganda campaign. They are an amazing model of courage, persistence, and commitment to future generations and the earth. They are an inspiration for all of us who understand that this time of prophecies is a time for rising to higher levels of consciousness.

The Personal

I returned to the home of the Tamayos, an Otavalan family of shamans with whom I first starting working more than two decades ago. I spent many hours talking with three generations – from the oldest, 70 year old Don Esteban, to the youngest, 4 year old Ñusta (who is a shaman in training). We discussed many subjects, but our main focus was on the need for humans to feel our connection to, love of, and responsibility for Pachamama (Mother Earth/Universe).

“We all know that the glaciers are melting,” Jorge (Don Estaban’s son and the father of my 15 year old godson, Joel) told me, “the world is in deep crisis. We must all come together to change the way we think and live.”

I’ve experienced many shamanic readings and healings during the past 4 decades but none more powerful than the one administered this week by the Tamayos. They read my energy and saw that, like so many activists, I’ve been worn down. “There are many forces trying to rob your energy,” I was told. “Take that as a sign that you’re succeeding.” They performed a powerful limpia (cleansing) on me. They used earth, air, water, and fire and evoked the powers of the three sacred volcanoes that surround their community. Afterwards, I truly felt like a new person, one who is reinvigorated to be (as they put it) “a lover of and warrior for Mother Earth.”

I do not idealize indigenous people. I know they have their share of problems; they are human. However, they have managed to live in harmony with the earth for millennia. In these times of extreme global crises, they offer insights about how we can change ourselves. We are wise to listen.

By the time you read this, I’ll be deep in the Amazon – arriving there by small plane, dugout canoe, and along jungle trails. With about 30 members of The Pachamama Alliance, I will learn more from the Achuar and Shuar— people I first met in the late 1960s. The powerful lessons continue. . .

Above all, the indigenous people teach us to have hope. They know we can shapeshift ourselves and our institutions. Together we will create a sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all beings can thrive.


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July 3, 2012

From Ecuador: Energizing a New Dream

By John Perkins

I am in Cuenca Ecuador. Ancient bastion of the Incan Empire. Colonial jewel of Spanish America. Here in the High Andes and in the Amazon rain forests that lie at their feet is where this journey of life really took off for me, a young Peace Corps volunteer, in the late 1960s.

During this week, I’ve talked with many different people here: an Ecuadorian MD and his three adult children – two of them MDs – two women from the U.S. who moved here to find “a more balanced place to live,” local waiters, taxi drivers, people on the street. . . this country reinvigorates me today, just as it did all those years ago.

When I came to Ecuador in 1968 I was angry about the Vietnam War and the police brutality in the U.S. and deeply saddened by the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Living among the Quechua of the Andesand Shuar of the Amazon, I learned that “the world is as you dream it.” They said that the war, assassinations, and the brutality were the results of our greedy, materialistic, and exploitative dreams. We had given energy to a world-view that was threatening to destroy us. But, they continued, we could solve our problems. All we had to do was envision and energize a new dream.

Now, standing in Cuenca’s main plaza, looking at the cathedral, as I did so many times back then, I know that our crises are greater today than ever before. Global climate change, declining resources, species extinctions, economic and political collapse, violence — the list of negatives is almost endless. Yet, I also feel a greater sense of hope.

For the first time in history we are communicating with each other around the planet, instantaneously. People are waking up. In Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the U.S.we speak out and demonstrate – not just against a war or racial inequality but against the corrupt system that fostered them which in recent years has catapulted exploitation to new levels. We are forging a new dream and we are taking action to energize it.

In a few days I retrace the steps I took nearly five decades ago and journey deep into the Amazon. With one huge difference. I will not be a lonely Peace Corps volunteer. Instead, I will be joined by 30 people who are dedicated to creating a new dream – on one of the many trips of The Pachamama Alliance. TPA’s Awakening the Dreamer program now has more than 6,000 facilitators in 70 countries.

People around the globe are determined to take back the reins. We the People are on the march. We will not be stopped.

Back in the U.S. in a couple of weeks, I’ll facilitate two workshops at the Omega Institute in upstate N.Y. that were seeded back in those Peace Corps days– the weekend Shapeshifting Leadership (Aug 24-26) and 5-day Advanced Shapeshifting(Aug 26-31). They are indicative of the steps that so many of us are taking to create a sustainable, just, peaceful, and thriving world.

In these dark times of crises, there are many rays of hope. When we give energy to hope we offer ourselves and future generations the greatest gift possible. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at Omega. Together we will shapeshift the dream and create a better world!

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July 18, 2012

Why I am Hopeful: Shapeshifting the World

By John Perkins

Watching the news each day, we know that we are living in a time of tremendous change and upheaval: global economic crises, interminable violence around the planet, environmental destruction, social injustice, and our own domestic political deadlock. We ask ourselves: Are we powerless to make any lasting or impactful changes? Where do we start?

Many of you are familiar with my work in economics, sustainability, and reigning in the “corporatocracy.” I want to take this opportunity to share with you why I am so hopeful that we can and will change. For me, the most important and satisfying work I do is in the area of shapeshifting.

Shapeshifting is about energy. We ourselves are made of energy and all of our emotions are energy. The practices that collectively are known as “shapeshifting” empower us to use that energy to change ourselves and the institutions that impact our lives. We can transform our “negative” thoughts and emotions into positive energy that we can then channel into appropriate actions. Throughout history humans have found shapeshifting to be one of the most effective means of transforming ourselves, organizations, and communities.

A personal example: I am sad and angry about the way modern corporations and governments collaborate to make the rich constantly richer and the rest of us poorer; at the same time, our environments and societies suffer terribly. In the past, my sadness and anger manifested in destructive and self-destructive ways. Shapeshifting taught me to convert those emotions into positive energies and to take meaningful actions. Now, I write, lecture, and teach workshops. I am personally so much happier, as well as more effective!

Each of us has the ability to shift into being the individual we most respect and want to personify. Through Shapeshifting we are capable of bringing about fundamental changes in our attitudes, perceptions, prosperity, health, appearance, and personal relationships. By utilizing the principals of shapeshifting we can also transform societies. We can create a sustainable, just, peaceful world where all beings can thrive.

On July 25 I head to the Amazon and Andes to collaborate once again with and learn from indigenous leaders, shamans, and elders about shapeshifting consciousness. Along with Soul of Money author Lynne Twist and her husband Bill, I will also lead a trip for The Pachamama Alliance (Lynne, Bill, and I are TPA cofounders) to the Achuar, “People of Dreams,” where we will delve deep into the process of dreaming a new world. When I return I’ll facilitate 2 experiential workshop in the transformational process. Both workshops are held at the beautiful Omega Institute, about an hour and a half up the Hudson River from NYC.

The weekend Shapeshifting Leadership (Aug 24-26) focuses on healing within and using your power to take a leadership position in changing your community, society, corporation, or other institutions.The five-day Advanced Shapeshifting (Aug 26-31) goes deeper and also highlights the importance of building communities, creating a sustainable and just paradigm, and taking appropriate actions.

I hope to see you at one or both of these amazing workshops. We will connect with other agents of change! Have fun, renew and re-energize! Together we will Shapeshift the World.

PS – MORE Good News: Omega is offering a 25% discount to anyone committed to Shapeshifting leadership! If you qualify, call Omega; discount code: LEADERSHIP


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June 28, 2012

Healing the Ravages of War

By John Perkins

For most of us, the Vietnam War seems like a lifetime ago; however, many Vietnamese continue to battle an invisible yet lethal enemy. Undetonated cluster bombs have left 10,500 communes and 41,000 miles of the country vulnerable to explosive remnants of war. Records suggest that for every bomb dropped, 5,000 individual sub-munitions were released, 1,500 of which never detonated – leaving giant swaths of Vietnam’s terrain littered with ticking time bombs waiting to explode if disturbed.

Though Vietnamese men are aware that the pursuit of scrap metal is likely to be fatal, the lure of an immediate cash source seems worth the risk. Collectors go into hazardous territories knowing that they are most likely to find scrap metal in areas once occupied by military installations or areas which were regular targets for massive B52 bombing raids. In these areas the risk of setting off an un-detonated bomb is about 50/50.

Farmers and their families are also affected by the threats of these dormant cluster bombs. They’ve become more and more fearful of these rogue explosives and have stopped plowing and harvesting their fields, resulting in widespread poverty and starvation. Those farmers who do take the risk often are left incapacitated or killed – leaving behind a family unable to provide for themselves. Even children wander through fields collecting unexploded munitions to use as toys.

The problems are grim, but there are ways we can help. Many humanitarian agencies are dedicated to educating the public and increasing awareness about this problem. They raise funds and implement programs to help the victims and to de-mine the fields and rice paddies. I sit on the board of advisors one such group, Clear Path International. CPI is a US-based nonprofit organization with an all-Vietnamese team in country that services UXO (unexploded ordnance) and ERW (explosive remnants of war) survivors in Vietnam — as well as in Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan and other countries. CPI’s mission is to restore the dignity and self-sufficiency of conflict survivors. We provide innovative, high-impact programming that is scalable, replicable, measurable, and cost-effective.

I strongly encourage you to visit Clear Path’s Website where you can learn more about our good work and, if you are so moved, help support it.


I will be facilitating two workshops at the Omega Institute in upstate New York: Shapeshifting Leadership (Aug 24-26) and 5-day Advanced Shapeshifting (Aug 26-31).

Omega is offering a 25% discount to anyone committed to shapeshifting leadership! If you qualify, call Omega; discount code: LEADERSHIP



June 22, 2012

Rio+20 and You

By John Perkins

An event that could be world-changing is currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro: the Rio+20, a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The gathering will include at least 100 heads of state (President Obama declined to attend), government officials, leaders from the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders. Their mandate is to lay out feasible and timely solutions for reducing poverty, advancing social equity and ensuring sustainable development around the globe.

But let’s not expect too much. NGOs that were given the opportunity to review a draft text of the probable conclusions have criticized it for failing to address global carrying capacities, tipping points, the problems associated with nuclear energy and fossil fuels, and the socioeconomic bases for measuring true development (as opposed to GDP growth). A report recently released by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon states: “the international community should measure development beyond GDP and develop a new sustainable development index or set of indicators.”

That, in my opinion, is the key to human survival on this planet – at least as we know it. We must come up with new definitions for “develop” and “progress.” These must take into account that the current system is a total failure. Half the world is starving or on the verge of starvation, while 5% of us who live in the US consume nearly 30% of global resources (and. as we know, 1% of that 5% consumes the vast majority of these).

More hopeful is the People’s Summit that kicked off in Rio on June 15, 2012. This conference brought together people from global movements and it did address the need to create new ways to measure social and economic progress, as well as environmental degradation, social inequity, and the rejection of green speculation, nuclear energy, and fossil fuel subsidies.

In reference to Rio+20 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon emphatically requested that world leaders not squander this once-in-a-generation opportunity. It has been Ban’s starkest warning to date, implying the utmost importance of global cooperation when it comes to addressing environmental destruction and the eradication of poverty. This is a chance to move away from business as usual and to build a bridge to a brighter future.

The message for you and me is very clear: do not expect these world leaders to lead us away from the precipice. Do not be disappointed. Instead, recognize that We the People are the only solution. And we are coming together. Our voices are being heard in the Occupy Movement, the demonstrations in Europe, the outcry against Putin in Russia, the Arab Spring, the drive to true democracies throughout Latin America, and places like the Peoples Summit in Rio.

You and I must keep up the pressure. Speak out, write letters, send emails, sign petitions. Watch the way you shop!


I will be facilitating two workshops at the Omega Institute in upstate New York: Shapeshifting Leadership (Aug 24-26) and 5-day Advanced Shapeshifting (Aug 26-31).

Omega is offering a 25% discount to anyone committed to shapeshifting leadership! If you qualify, call Omega; discount code: LEADERSHIP



May 22, 2012

From the UK: Time for Transformation

By John Perkins

Here in the UK it is obvious that our world is changing rapidly. Europe is experiencing its worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression. It is a harbinger for much of the rest of the world. The signals could not be stronger: we must transform our economic and political institutions. This is a time that requires new forms of leadership. We – you and I – must take the reins.

This week I am teaching atSchumacherCollege, an institution inspired by E. F. (“Small Is Beautiful”) Schumacher. Following Schumacher, I will speak inDublinandLondon. Just before arriving here at Schumacher I was co-facilitating a 16 day course at the Omega Institute inNew York. I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme throughout my talks lately, about the need to shapeshift ourselves into the new paradigm that has been prophesized by indigenous cultures around our planet.

The crises we face are opportunities. We are blessed to be born into this time. You and I have important roles to play in creating a world future generations will want to inherit. In August, I will facilitate two workshops at the Omega Institute that will offer strategies for change. The goal of these workshops is to help each of us develop the skills that most enhance our individual passions – passions that may take us down separate paths but that lead to the same destination: a sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all sentient beings can thrive.

Please consider joining me and other like-minded people at one or both of these workshops! I look forward to seeing you at Omega. . .



August 24-26, 2012

Shapeshifting Leadership

By John Perkins

The world is changing fast. The dream of stable, sustainable, and thriving societies is threatened by economic, social, and ecological crises. To usher in a new reality, leaders and future leaders need to be flexible, forward thinking, and ready to embrace new ideas that will create true prosperity in the workplace, in communities, and across the planet.

This experiential program integrates modern business and scientific approaches with powerful techniques for shapeshifting—the ability to transform ourselves, our organizations, and our society—to promote environmentally sustainable and socially just standards in the world.

We explore effective shapeshifting strategies to transform the prevalent goals of materialism and maximizing profits, regardless of the environmental and social costs, into a commitment to be sustainable.

Employing interactive discussions, management approaches, networking, and methods for developing and realizing strategic goals, we learn to:

* Access new levels of awareness

* Visualize a sustainable future and identify concrete ways to support it

* Explore methods to balance personal passions with leadership acumen

* Expand the consciousness and power of the decision-making process

* Apply shapeshifting approaches to socioeconomic and environmental issues



Advanced ShapeshiftingTransforming Yourself and the World

August 26–31, 2012

By John Perkins

The world is in chaos. This opens portals for powerful shapeshifts in consciousness. Long prophesied, this time of transformation challenges us to become our whole selves, living ecstatically in the now, while setting the course for future generations. During this intensive 5-day advanced training, we develop skills to focus energy and intention in order to manifest powerful personal and global shifts. We combine healing, spirituality, global activism, shamanism, and playful humor with masculine and feminine wisdom for a deeply transforming, experiential week. We employ time-proven approaches to turn chaos into the world prophesized by the Maya, Quechua, Tibetans, and so many others. During the week, we:

• Utilize energy practices that heal and expand consciousness

• Deepen our ability to navigate expanded reality

• Retrieve soul aspects, past lives, and our core being

• Awaken to our authentic self

• Integrate expanded awareness into the physical, day-to-day world

• Apply consciousness strategies to global issues

• Create fire and other ceremonies for personal and world transformation

• Learn from teacher plants and the “breath of fire”

Upon completion of this training, you receive Advanced Shapeshifter Practitioner certification, authorizing you to lead and teach these shapeshifting practices.

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 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. His books have spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists and are published in over 30 languages. He is founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a sustainable, just, and peaceful world; and has lectured at universities on four continents. His books include Hoodwinked, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Shapeshifting, The Secret History of the American Empire, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit.



Religious & Social Responsibility: End “Islamaphobia”

John Perkins

Bainbridge Island has a sad piece of history that I recently contemplated while visiting the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial not far from my home. This landmark commemorates the 110,000 Japanese Americans who were relocated to interment camps in the United States.

In the hysteria following the Pearl Harbor bombing, Japanese Americans were viewed as potential saboteurs and collaborators against the US. Immediately the FBI compiled a “Custodial Detention Index” tracking Japanese American citizens believed to be dangerous to national security. President Roosevelt then signed an executive order authorizing the internment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast.

As I stood there, I thought of the parallels between the way we treated Japanese Americans then and our societal attitudes toward Muslim Americans today. Recently I have been speaking to a number of Muslim American groups across the country, and was struck by how many experience a type of racial prejudice that I will never experience, due to their last name and appearance.

If I am pulled over for speeding, I expect to receive a warning or a ticket at most. However, many Muslim Americans fear that they will be asked to step out of the car, patted down, and suspected of being a terrorist. Many who expressed this concern to me are upstanding doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople born in the U.S., not remotely resembling terrorists. As a country we have come a long way; however, we must improve our efforts in striving for tolerance, justice, and equality for all Americans and humanity as a whole.

A few days ago, India’s equivalent of George Clooney, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was detained for a second time at a U.S. airport for more than two hours. This holdup caused a delay of his appearance at Yale and sparked protests against the U.S. in India.

Times of war may tempt us to skew our perceptions of other cultures, races, and ethnicities. The media constantly bombards us with images and stories meant to invoke a certain way of thinking; something to be mindful of during this period of turmoil between the U.S. and Middle East.

The 9/11 attacks sparked a wave of “Islamaphobia”, hatred and irrational fear of Islamic people. There have been heated threats against Muslim Americans. Numerous mosques have been subject to senseless threats, protests, and acts of violence.

Although a majority of Americans don’t feel this way towards our Muslim brothers and sisters, it is important to remind ourselves that Muslim extremists are a minority – just like Christian extremists. Let’s remember that Muslim American citizens, and Muslims around the world, join us in our pursuit to stop extremist violence. We all look forward to a world of peace, prosperity and hope.



Dreaming a New World

John Perkins

In preparing for my session Dreaming a New World: Indigenous Shaman Meets Economic Hit Man at the Spring of Sustainability Summit on Wednesday April 4, 3-3:30 pm ET hosted by Julia Butterfly Hill, I’ve been mulling over the following:

This is the era of prophesies. Ancient cultures around the planet foresaw this as a time to dream and manifest a sustainable and just world for all sentient beings.

From a shamanic perspective, shapeshifting begins with a dream, an intent. You then give it energy if you want it to truly occur in this world. Action follows. Intent, energy and action: Only when these three human forces are in place can we have true shapeshifting. The shamans believe we are one with everything, including the mountains, the plants, and the animals. Therefore if we are to support the idea of true peace, we must look at a much bigger concept than human existence. We must look for peace and compassion in all things.

Several years ago I was blessed to sit beside the Dalai Lama on a flight over the Himalayas. He and I talked about compassion and shapeshifting. I asked him, “What will it take, your Holiness, for us to have peace?”

“Well,” he responded, “you know, we cannot have peace until we have taken action that reflects our compassion, and our willingness to take responsibility.” He then added, “Peace can only come from taking responsibility for all forms of life…all sentient beings, including the insects.”

One of the most compassionate and important things we can do is create societies that deeply honor the earth and all sentient beings everywhere – cultures that by their nature will create a peaceful place for the trees, the rabbits, the spiders, the whales, and the tadpoles.

In order to have peace we must consistently shapeshift away from war and fear, away from greed and exploitation. We must shapeshift into a commitment to end all poverty and instead embrace compassion.

You and I can take one step today and plant a tree in our own backyard, in our community, or at a neighborhood school in honor of Wangari Maathai. Then you and I can plant the seeds of compassion every single day. We can spread these seeds among everyone we meet and everywhere we go in this incredibly beautiful world.




I’m in Istanbul, a city that has seen its share of war. Today Turkey is greatly impacted by the violence in Iraq and Syria and the turmoil over Iran; yet this country is a leading negotiator for peace.

Aggression Begets Aggression

By John Perkins

In our present state and based on the world’s past history we know that aggression only begets more aggression. War creates more war. Terrorists do not dream as children of becoming terrorists. As we hear the drumbeat of our current US leaders for more “intervention”, I can’t help but think of the line in Catch-22 – the satirical novel of war – “Open your eyes. . . It doesn’t make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who’s dead.” (Chapter 12, pg. 133-134)

And I think of my friend, Kiman Lucas, Executive Director of Clear Path International – , a non-profit that works to restore the dignity and self-sufficiency of conflict survivors in many countries. Kiman recently traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia; she wrote:

I believe any future in our world must be based on the rule of law, respect and empathy for each other and a tolerance and appreciation for our differences. But fundamentally, we need to stop glorifying our tribal pasts — whether they are what you think of as colonial masterminding or what I think of as tribal divisiveness. I do not want to bring the world back to the glorious conquering days of the colonial powers any more than I want to bring the world back to the headhunting days of the Shuar.

It may serve our egos to remember the good ole days of our own people’s triumphs, but it also serves to perpetuate the myth that aggression is honorable. Perhaps it will be “female” thinking – based on nurturing rather than killing – that can bring the people of this world together to stand up for what is right and to recognize that the “enemy” has always been the ideas we have about the other, not the other.”

Nurturing peace, planting seeds of harmony, wisdom, co-existence and respect for all is the only way to preserve a future that will be different for our children. Repeating the mistakes of the past and arming ourselves with bigger and better weapons only provides new anguish to those who are the targets of those weapons – children, villages, women and men who, just like us, are trying to do the best for their offspring. When we cut out all other options of human existence and rely only on aggression to solve our problems, we become the PROBLEM.

Today think of one way you can sow peace in your community and watch it bloom worldwide. Take at least one action for peace every single day.



Corporate Malfeasance – And Why It Corrupts

By John Perkins

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malfeasance n. intentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do. It always involves dishonesty, illegality, or knowingly exceeding authority for improper reasons. Malfeasance – Synonyms: MISCONDUCT, MISBEHAVIOR, MISDOING, WRONGDOING ( )

For several decades we have empowered politicians and corporate leaders to create a system that is scandalously wasteful, overtly reckless, and we now know – ultimately self-destructive. It is hard for us to admit that we have been hoodwinked. But that is exactly the case. We have been hoodwinked by both the modern-day robber barons and by the very governmental bodies that are charged with preventing such malfeasance.

Corporate malfeasance is thriving and we continue to see on a daily basis corporate executives taking advantage of workers and consumers alike. As I’ve written in my books, more than any other single factor, today’s tycoons exemplify the mutant form of capitalism we have misguidedly embraced and been infected with – the exploitation of the many by the few. We accept as “natural” that the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies become as rich as the Gilded Age tycoons simply because they operate under the mantle of publicly traded companies that are supposedly scrutinized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

We witnessed massive bailouts at the end of the Bush presidency and at the start of the Obama presidency and yet we accept the fact that roughly half the profits made my investment banks were distributed to the senior partners – not to the employees or the stockholders.

The Wall Street Journal cited in February that banks could double payouts to shareholders in 2012 alone – . According to the story, Credit Suisse analysts expect payouts to reach an “average of 47% of earnings in 2012, up from 23% last year.”

Ironically the banks positioned to receive these double digit earnings include some of those we bailed out with our tax dollars in the previous year, such as Goldman-Sachs, JP Morgan and US Bancorp.

While this all makes for a potentially stronger rally on Wall Street, it does nothing to help citizens struggling on a daily basis to maintain their homes, their health insurance, and their jobs.

One of the earliest robber barons noted in my book was J.P. Morgan. He set a course years ago that has been followed by many of today’s billionaires – of mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations, deals that heap riches on those who mold them but wreak havoc on competitors, workers and local economies. These transactions empower a few individuals with control of resources and markets; the CEOs who end up at the top of the conglomerates are in positions to exert excessive influence over government officials, the press, and buying trends. Because such deals are made on paper- in board rooms, law offices, and at investment banks – they seldom produce tangible goods or services or create new jobs. These paper transactions have played an ever-increasing role in the U.S. economy in recent decades and are a major contributor to the failing of our economy.

The March 26, 2012, Forbes Billionaires issue states, “This year, we’ve counted 1226 billionaires, an all-time high.” Those 1,226 billionaires are worth a record $4.6 trillion. The average wealth of a Forbes billionaire is $3.7 billion. Yet, in our country, the U.S. billionaires call for lower taxes on corporations while the middle-class continues to bear the heaviest tax burden when they can least afford it. Those with money and power go to great lengths to cheat our system.

Our government continues to stay in step with the corporations whose names are often synonymous with predatory capitalism, while our nation’s citizens bear the weight of the continued malfeasance. This month President Obama met with his Business Roundtable, a group of business leaders, to talk about job creation and the economy. Chaired by Boeing President and CEO James McNerney, the Business Roundtable (BRT) is made up of the top leaders of several of the wealthiest U.S. companies including American Express Company, GE, Goldman Sachs Group, Intel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wal-Mart Stores. President Obama met with them on the eve of the release of their report titled, “”Taking Action for America”. (See full report insight here – )

The report calls for streamlining the federal regulatory process and withdrawal or modification of each of eight proposed or pending regulations that BRT CEOs have termed as particularly costly and burdensome to business – . Additionally, the BRT CEOs have also flagged dozens of additional regulations, listed on BRT’s website – – that they claim could add costs and slow business expansion. What we must ask as citizens is how and what would less regulations on businesses do for us as individuals and for our nation as a whole? It is essential that we demand change. We must continue to support the Occupy movement ideals, and to call for more transparency in both the corporate and government sectors. It is time to take back our rights and put our money where our hearts are by supporting corporations who maintain corporate social responsibility at all levels. It is important to support the corporations who put people and the environment at the top of their priority lists.

The term malfeasance is synonymous with misconduct, misbehavior, misdoing and wrongdoing. Corporations and legislators who continue on the path of malfeasance must be brought to justice. (Ten examples of Corporate Malfeasance – -.)

You and I can make a difference by supporting institutions that call for corporate restructuring and accountability. I urge you to take all this seriously, become more aware of the roles corporations play in our destinies and those of our children. Please support the initiatives of organizations like Corporate Accountability International – , and The Center for Corporate Policy – .


John Perkins

NYTimes best-selling Author

Twitter @economic_hitman


Please Stop Belo Monte Dam and Help Brazil’s Kayapo People

Dear friends,

This is one of those times when we are all called upon to take action. I ask for your help in protecting 400,000 acres of Brazilian forests and the Kayapo and Jurana cultures in the Xingu Basin in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Please help us continue to stop the Belo Monte Dam project! The potential devastation of these people and the lands they live on – the plants, animals, rivers – is not merely a Brazilian issue. Our very survival as a humane species is at stake here.

Our friends at AmazonWatch , have been covering this issue for some time and they’ve reported that many violent interactions have already occurred between the indigenous people and local police, supported by gunmen hired by ranchers. Many acres of pristine forest have been ravaged.

Dilma Rousseff, the new president of Brazil has given approval to build this hydroelectric plant. To make this possible, two huge canals 500 meters wide by 75 km long will be excavated, unearthing more land than was removed to build the Panama Canal and will devastate over 400,000 acres of land. More than 40,000 indigenous people will be dislocated. Massive environmental destruction, deforestation, and the disappearance of many plant and animal species is imminent – if this project moves forward.

Please join me in calling for Mr. Marcio Meira, the President of the Brazilian government’s National Indigenous Foundation to keep commitments previously made to the Kayapo and Juruna, promises that they and the land and water will be protected. Demand that his agency act immediately to stem further violence and expel illegal settlers from the ancestral territories of these ancient and proud peoples.

The Kayapo and Jurana have long considered themselves to be “custodians of the land.” Although they want to avoid violent confrontation, they have vowed to protect the forests. They need your help – our help.

We all must work to save the forests and the indigenous people who live in them and care for them in such a precious and unique way. Please act right now! Follow the directions at this link and sign the petitions to show your support for creating a sustainable and just world, one where all sentient beings can thrive.

What a great way to celebrate the second month of this Year of the Prophecies!

Many thanks.


John Perkins

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Changing the World in 2012

By John Perkins

One of the greatest gifts I had in 2011 was traveling the world – to places as varied as New York, Maui, Costa Rica, and Istanbul and speaking to thousands of people about what we can do to change the faulty systems we humans have established.

Each and every one of us came into this life with a mission. Part of mine is to inspire and empower as many people as possible to open up to their – your — missions and choose a better way. (If you’d like me to talk to your group, please email my booking agent Peg Booth at .)

2011 was a remarkable year. Ruthless tyrants were toppled, the banking systems broke down, our troops left Iraq, and OCCUPY jump-started a movement away from the predatory capitalism that has ruled our country and negatively impacted the world.

Yet we cannot rest on our laurels in 2012. We can no longer let those in Congress hoodwink us with their incessant bickering; nor can we allow the presidential election to distract us from the fact that the strings are pulled by people in corporate offices, not the White House.

Whether Obama, Gingrich, Romney or Paul sit in the Oval Office is not nearly as important as the actions we each take every day. What matters is the message you send to your government and business leaders – the “little” things, like switching to local banks, farmers, and merchants; not accumulating debt; buying the greenest products possible and emailing the companies you do not buy from to let them know the reasons, as well as the ones you do buy from praising them; blogging; and speaking out in all the ways that appeal to you.

Your actions are extremely important. They can be as simple as sitting at your desk and supporting online organizations like Care2 – . Or as rigorous as organizing demonstrations against the Pentagon. And there is so much in between.

Tom Paine wrote pamphlets, George Washington led armies, and Martha Washington organized women who made clothes for soldiers on the front line. They each honored their individual passions and talents. So can you. When you follow your passions, you overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Your life is enriched.

I am looking forward to 2012 as the year when we dance together to change the world.

And please remember: if you’re interested in partnering with me to organize a speaking event – . Whether we meet virtually on Facebook – – or in person, let’s commit to joining our hands and hearts and creating that world we all desire.



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Dear Friends.

As we move into this new year and the beginning of an amazing era that has been anticipated by indigenous people around the world for many centuries (2012, the Eagle and Condor, Age of Aquarius to name just a few of the prophecies), it is time for each of us to take action. I urge you to join me in helping our sisters and brothers in the Amazon protect their lands and cultures and in doing so to create a new dream for all life.

A challenge — and opportunity — is developing in the southern Amazon of Ecuador, an area where I have worked personally for the past three decades. The government is rolling out plans for oil exploitation in the entire 5 million acres. The indigenous organizations are staunchly opposed and asking for international solidarity and support. An international campaign to halt this plan is being developed by The Pachamama Alliance (which grew out of a trip I led back in the early ’90s) and other NGOs working in this region. I am giving them my support with a year-end donation and I ask you to join me. To find out more please click here.

May we all enter this new era with open hearts and a renewed determination to create a world the children of all sentient beings will want to inherit.

Many thanks and much love,


John Perkins

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I continue to receive emails and FB posts about “Hoodwinked” and its powerful messages resonating for so many in light of the economic disaster and the Occupy Movement. I hope you’ll continue to support the book and order it through this link – .

I hope too you will share this article on courage with all your social networks.

The Courage to Fly

John Perkins

I’ve wanted to fly on the trapeze ever since I was a young boy watching my first circus under the Big Top that had been erected in my rural New Hampshire town. Those “daring young men and women” were magical. They defied gravity and soared like birds.

But I had a problem: acrophobia, the fear of heights. My condition was not as severe as my mom’s; she couldn’t step onto a stool to change a light bulb. As long as I knew that I was connected to something solid – a bridge, a ledge, or even strapped into a ski-lift chair, I was OK. The condition took hold, however, whenever I so much as thought about parachuting, hang-gliding, or – flying on a trapeze that was higher than a playground swing.

Now here I was, six decades after seeing my first circus, starting to climb up a narrow ladder to the flyers’ platform, 25 feet above the floor of a warehouse that had been converted into the Emerald City Trapeze School in Seattle WA. I was ready to perform magic, to shapeshift myself into a flying human.

“Trapeze is all about breaking through barriers,” Liza Hunter, a young trapeze artist who was also a student at our Omega workshop, and now was my teacher, had assured me when I expressed my anxiety to her. “Time to channel that fear into another type of energy – just like you and Llyn teach in your workshops. Time to soar.”

Two steps up that ladder, the fear overtook me. I stopped, paralyzed. I closed my eyes. I told myself that during my life I had faced many dangers. Images raced through my mind: trekking in Amazon rain forests, swimming with piranhas, piloting a 30 foot sailboat through a hurricane, and confronting four men with knives in a dark alley in Panama. If I could handle those, I could do this! I took another step up that ladder. And froze.

“Keep going.” Cel Guadagnini, an instructor from Rio de Janeiro who had shown the grace of a ballerina as she soared across the warehouse during a practice session earlier in the day, yelled from below me.

“Come on up,” Benny Searle, the New Zealand aerialist who had performed a triple backward somersault off the trapeze during that practice session called down from the top of the ladder. “Not much further.”

Those words of encouragement coming from two highly skilled veterans lifted my spirits. And in an odd sort of way they also shamed me into beating down my fear. I forced myself to take another step – and another. I focused on each rung of the ladder and willed myself higher. I simply had to do it!

Then I was looking into Benny’s face. “It’ll be OK,” he smiled. He supported my arm as I gingerly stepped to the edge of the platform. “Hold that riser over there,” he said pointing at a thick wire behind me, “in your left hand. Now reach forward with your right and take the trapeze bar.”

Oh my God! My body was hanging out over space, suspended high above the net that was supposed to catch me if I fell.

“Don’t look down,” Benny prompted. “Eyes on the trapeze.”

The metal bar seemed outrageously small and fragile.

“I’m holding you,” he said. “Now, both hands on the trapeze.”

I did as he instructed; it took me beyond the point of no return. And at the same time I realized that I was shaking uncontrollably.

“Chest out. Bend your knees.”

My legs followed his command; they had turned to water.

Then the fateful word that in trapeze lingo means take action. “Hep!”

I jumped.

And I was falling through space, a human pendulum heading down . . . down . . . down, holding on for dear life to that metal bar, and then . . . up, rising. . . higher and higher. I had been told that at the far end of my swing, as my upward journey ended, there would be a split second when all motion would cease and I would be weightless, before heading back down. It is during that split second that the magic happens.

“Legs up, hook your knees!” Cel shouted when I hit that apex of the swing.

I lifted my feet, pulled my legs through my arms and locked my knees over the bar.

Then I was plummeting back down – and up again. . .

As I reached the summit at the other end of the pendulum, she yelled, “Hands off.”

I released the bar. Suddenly I was gliding through the air, two stories above the ground, upside down, hanging by my knees, my head pointed at the floor below. Flying!

“Arch your back and look behind you.”

I did – and now was positioned for a catcher on another trapeze to catch me. But this was a practice run. There was no catcher. Not yet anyway.

“Re-grab the bar.” Cel’s instructions came fast. “Legs down. Now the back flip: kick forwards, backwards, forwards, let go and tuck.”

Spinning into a backward somersault, I hit the net on my knees. I was dizzy and giddy. But – I had done it! I’d performed magic. A rush of extreme joy. I waddled across the net on my knees and, wrapping my fingers around the edge of the net, somersaulted onto the floor. Exuberance flooded me as I fought for balance

“You were great!” Liza exclaimed; she hugged me.

“Yes,” Cel agreed. “That was beautiful. But next time, arch your back more when I tell you to. You got to be able to reach that catcher.”

Next time? Catcher?

I did do it three more times that day. Always, a little better than before. And each time, the climb up the ladder was less scary, my legs less watery. But then, I had had enough. My shoulders ached. My legs were bruised. A toe that had hit the bar was bleeding. I wasn’t ready for the catcher.

“You know,” I said to Liza, feeling guilty and like a failure. “I’m usually so competitive. I don’t want to stop ‘til I’ve done it right. But. . .”

“But,” she interrupted, bandaging my toe, “you and Llyn teach about the Eagle and Condor, mind and heart, male and female, the importance of balance. What’s your hurry? You’ve proven you can overcome your fear of heights. The CATCHER will still be here next week.”

As I sat there after that, watching those daring young men and women perform their feats of magic on the trapeze I recalled the words of the Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. “So the next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky,” she wrote in her book When Things Fall Apart. “This is where the courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear.”

I had found the courage to cope with my acrophobia. And perhaps more importantly I had found the courage to stop, to say “no” to my ego-centered, competitive nature.

We live in a time when everything is falling apart. Economic, social, and political systems around the world are in chaos. It is a time for us to recognize that we’ve created a failure. Roughly half the world lives in destitution while that now-infamous 1% surrounds itself with luxury; glaciers are melting, and species go extinct at mind-boggling rates. We have arrived at that point in human evolution prophesied by the Maya and many other indigenous cultures, a time to find the courage to overcome our fears and to say “no” to the materialistic, exploitative systems that are the result of our ego-centered, competitive cultures.


johnnewsletterHoodwinked – and Strategies for Changing the World

Dear friends,

The world has changed a great deal since I wrote Hoodwinked in 2009 – and in precisely the direction predicted in that book. ( Hoodwinked is now available in paperback — wherever good books are sold.)

The Occupy movement, the financial crises in Europe and in our own country and events in Latin America and the Middle East continue to escalate. Countries are in turmoil. Leaders have been toppled. We have entered the time prophesized by indigenous cultures around the world – the Mayan era of 2012, the Andean people’s Pachacuti (Time of the Great Turning).

A mutant, viral and extremely dangerous form of capitalism has thrived under the ever-increasing powers of Wall St., Big Business, and governments that support them (in other words, under the continuing reign of the robber barons who are collectively defined in Hoodwinked as the corporatocracy.)

Today thousands of citizens rise up and demand that we take back our government and our banking systems from bloated fat cats who are not interested in long-term sustainable practices, corporate social responsibility, or a marketplace that serves us, the People.

One of my predictions in Hoodwinked was that a new president would not change the system, that he knows he is vulnerable to assassination – especially the kind of character assassination that can occur from a well-planted rumor (e.g. that he fondled a female aid). Unfortunately, that prediction was right. President Obama has demonstrated that he is subservient to corporate interests. His key advisers come from Big Business – and they will return to their corporate offices after they’ve served their time in Washington. Conflicts of interest are accepted as the ‘norm’. Many voters had hoped to experience a marked shift away from long-term predatory capitalism and military expansion; instead, the opposite has happened.

AND we have learned an essential lesson. Campaigns don’t change politics and a president doesn’t change the United States. It is up to us to take back our country.

The solutions revolve around you and me. As Hoodwinked makes clear – and as history proves – when We the People are lethargic, we are abused. When we take action, we mold our destinies.

Hoodwinked offers five strategies for actions we can each take that will give us, the 99%, the power to win back our country – and the world.

The OCCUPY movement is part of one of those five strategies. It is a profound way of elevating all of this to new levels. It is already having major impacts, including shaking people awake, transferring money from national to local banks, discouraging military enlistment, and supporting unions and local farms and businesses.

Yet it is just one of many things we can all do to tear down the bastions of the robber barons and create new systems that focus on serving the public interest – through cleaning up pollution, feeding starving people, providing adequate health care and retirement pensions, developing more efficient and sustainable forms of energy, transportation, and commerce, initiating an educational system that inspires its students to be sustainable and just members of a society that benefits us all, and a nearly limitless array of other creative actions.

Now that Hoodwinked is out in paperback, I hope you will read it and discover your own path. Look to your passions, follow your heart and take action!

Together we will change the world!


John Perkins

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Dear friends,

This week I accompanied a group of indigenous women and men from the Amazon and Andes (Achuar, Kichua, and Shuar) to the Cirque du Soleil. It was a deeply moving and amazing experience for all of us and one that carried an important message for these times.

They were here in the United States as guests and partners of The Pachamama Alliance (TPA), a nonprofit I co-founded with Bill and Lynne Twist that is dedicated to helping native peoples preserve their lands and cultures and to changing the dream of the North to a sustainable, just, and spiritually fulfilling one. We had spent the day in meetings with native North American leaders forming alliances and strategies to keep oil and other extractive companies off their lands – both North and South.

In addition to the Achuar, Kitchua, and Shuar, our group at the evening performance included TPA’s Bill Twist, David Tucker, and Belen Paez. Afterwards we gathered to share our feelings.

We were all totally amazed by the skills of the performers and the magic of the theatrical sets. Someone asked, “If human beings can do that – and also build cities, send people into space, develop the internet, and work all the other miracles of modern life, why can’t we create a sustainable and just world?”

We all agreed that there is no reason to expect less of ourselves. In fact, it is what shamanism and shapeshifting is all about!

As we parted late at night, the near-full moon smiling down on us, we felt re-energized for the round of events planned for today that will take us further down the path of creating a world all our children and grandchildren will want to inherit.

The Cirque du Soleil aerialists break through their fears and seem to defy gravity in order to reach new heights. They push their bodies, hearts, souls, and minds to re-vision their capabilities. What a message! We must all do the same.


Dear friends,

I hope this newsletter will serve to inspire you to continue keeping the pressure on those who aid the corporatocracy and in your efforts to change the world. I also wanted to share this piece on how powerful we can be in rejecting the status quo through these Occupy movements.

“These are the Times. . .”

By John Perkins

“A man in debt is so far a slave.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My job as an economic hit man during the 1970s was to enslave nations that had resources our corporations coveted by burdening them with debts they could never repay. We then demanded that they sell those resources cheap, without social or environmental regulations, to our corporations.

It was an incredibly successful strategy. In essence it created the world’s first truly global empire and the first one that was not built primarily through military occupations. It also transformed geo-politics. The power of elected officials was usurped by those who sit at the top of the multinational corporations (the ‘corporatocracy’).

This success led to the realization that similar strategies could be applied in the United States in order to emasculate a population that was exerting its democratic rights in ways that threatened the corporatocracy – forcing an end to the highly profitable Vietnam War, demanding racial and gender equality, increasing social security, Medicare, education, and other services.

By 1980, the Reagan administration understood that its most effective weapon to protect corporations against labor movements was debt. Borrowers were deceived into believing that they were paying low interest rates when in fact balloon payments, adjustable rate mortgages, and other technically complex packages resulted in higher overall rates that made it increasingly difficult to break the shackles of debt.

This story continued. Regulations that protected our rights were demolished. New wars erupted. Family businesses were wiped out by the unfair practices of huge chains. The media was commandeered by a handful of giant conglomerates. Unemployment, poverty and foreclosures escalated. The upward trend line of a growing and prospering middle class plummeted.

We the people fell into a trance of lethargy.

Until now!

We have finally realized that we are serfs of a system that reflects the feudal Middle Ages. Modern-day lords of the castle, the corporatocracy had convinced us – we who live outside the walls and supply all the food and conveniences for them – that if we didn’t pay our “debts” and service their every desire we would be raped and pillaged by soldiers from neighboring castles. But we are no longer buying their lies.

Across this planet, we have marched into the courtyards of those castles with the message that we are no longer blind. We will not be hoodwinked by their false promises or by their fear tactics. The Occupy movement spans seven continents. Participation expands at seemingly exponential rates, online as well as at the front lines. It is the largest mass protest since those against the Vietnam War – and may well turn into the largest in human history.

Those at Wall St. and in the financial and political system who operate above the law without remorse or penalty and have believed for a long time that workers saddled with debt will not strike, quit, or demand justice, are hearing our message.

There are those among us who express skepticism. They say nothing will come of this. They are wrong. The Occupy movement has already changed the world and we must continue forward. With the recent arrests and uptake of policing these events, we must pay attention that our democracy and free speech is at threat.

The corporatoctacy are striking back. They are writing new laws forbidding us to assemble in places like Wall Street. They are attempting to censor the Internet (as they did in Egypt). They will come up with schemes we can’t even imagine.

Each time they do this we must utilize their energy to inspire and empower us further. Coming from a place where we know we are right, we will employ the aikido of love, compassion, and cooperation to keep expanding our energy, our resolve, and our creative responses.

At a time during the American Revolution, when things looked very dire, Tom Paine wrote:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. . .A generous parent should say, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” . . . ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. . . By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue.

This is another of those times. Our souls are being tried. This is our opportunity to stand firm, to show our perseverance and fortitude. This is a time our children and grandchildren will sing about. Their ballads will praise us for bringing them the world we all deserve..



Dear friends,

Many of you have asked through Facebook and Twitter what my feelings are about the current Wall St. and beyond sit-ins. I think they are amazing!

Below is a piece I wrote this weekend, I hope you will share it with all your networks and please feel free to post it on your blogs, with correct attribution back to my site – Thank you for all you do in support of changing the world for the better!

The Sit-In Heard Round the World

by John Perkins

Returning from Istanbul where I spoke at a summit of 4,000 communications leaders and was interviewed on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and by the major newspapers about the importance of all the protest movements in the Middle East and Europe, I’m incredibly encouraged by events in my country. The sit-ins and demonstrations to protest the modern day robber barons and what they’ve done to us are inspirational. We know that those with money and power go to great lengths to cheat the rest of us.

In terms of U.S. wealth distribution: The 10 percent at the top of the economic ladder own nearly 90% of stocks, bonds, trust funds and business equity and over 75% of non-home real estate. We know that these very few exercise undue influence over the rest of us, our Congress, and our current President.

During this build-up to the campaign season it’s important to understand that our elected officials — including the President — no longer write the laws; the corporate lobbyists write and pass them through our elected officials whose campaigns they finance. More important than whom we elect is how we, as citizens, act. Now is the time to rise up and once and for all deal a death blow to the corporatocracy that continuously evades any real consequences to their actions.

We must embrace a cause like that of our forefathers when they fought the British aristocracy. We must demand economic freedom from these modern day robber barons. Now is the time for all of us to take to the streets or at least support those who do and to use our power as consumers to stop this cycle of greed and insane materialism.

Some call for dismantling capitalism, but historically capitalism has proven to be a powerful tool for channeling creative minds into productive uses. However, in its current manifestation (the mutant form known as Predatory Capitalism) it has become extremely dangerous, a disaster — for everyone except those few who cling to the top of the economic pyramid. We must change this system and create a better world for the future.

Instead of the current corporate goal of “maximizing profits regardless of the environmental and social costs,” it is essential to insist upon a new goal for business: “Make a reasonable return on investment, but only within the context of creating a sustainable, just and peaceful world.”

Needed are a whole new set of rules and regulations to govern and keep in check the corporatocracy responsible for this failed system. We can no longer be lulled into complacency. Or allow indicators of “good news” like temporary increases in the stock market, lower oil prices, and payoffs of loans by bailed-out banks to soothe us into believing things have returned to normal. We must reject NORMAL. Normal led us into this disaster, and it continues to propel us deeper into a much worse one.

I call for all of us to take a “SIT” alongside those souls in D.C., New York, Massachusetts, California, my home state of New Hampshire and across the country and the world and demand a true replacement for this mutant form of capitalism. Let us, the voters, the consumers, the ones whose children have to live with the policies implemented right now, insist that our business and government leaders show the courage to truly LEAD!



John Perkins

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Dear friends,

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 I want to share with you my thoughts on how we can take back America. I know we can all do this together and have great faith in what we can accomplish.

From Istanbul: The Real Question – and Answer

By John Perkins

Dear friends,

As I prepare to give the keynote address at a conference of more than 4000 Eurasian leaders in the information and communications fields (ICT Summit Eurasia), and as I walk through this very ancient city, visiting sites that date back thousands of years, I’m struck by these 3 facts: For the first time in human history:

  1. we are all impacted by the same crises, including climate chaos, diminishing resources, increasing prices for food, fuel and other essentials, overpopulation, and species extinctions;
  2. we are all communicating with each other through the internet and cell phones; and
  3. we have created a global economy that is a terrible failure, where 5 % of us (living in the U.S) consume 30% of the resources, while nearly 50% of the world’s people are starving or close to starvation.

We must ask ourselves how we will reconcile these 3 facts. Will we be wise enough to see that 1 and 3 require that we use 2 to transform ourselves and our societies? In doing so, we can insure that our offspring will grow up in a world they will thank us for. Or will we stumble along our current path of denial? And create a world that no child will want to inherit.

The global economic crisis is a symptom and a messenger. It has exposed our darkest secrets. The most materialistic and wealthiest nation in the history of the world, the U.S., also has the highest rates of suicide, drug abuse, murder, incarcerations, and other negative social factors. Our economy is based on fighting wars – killing people and ravaging the planet – trading paper (mergers, derivatives, etc.), and selling each other things most of us don’t need. Meanwhile our planet is drowning in pollution, people are starving, our resources are dissipating, and our animals and plants are disappearing at shocking rates.

So, the question we must ask ourselves and those in charge of providing information and communications (like the ones I’m speaking to here in Istanbul – and I will ask them this) is: Will we continue to use our new-found ability to communicate with everyone on the planet to talk about fashion, sports, and the love lives of movie stars? Or will we use our networks to let our corporate and political leaders know that we insist on creating an economy driven by a commitment to providing every person with adequate food, shelter, and social services; cleaning up the polluted air, land, and water; developing more efficient forms of transportation; and drastically reducing energy consumption and redirecting its production to sustainable technologies?

The answers seem obvious, don’t they?



Dear friends,

I hope you’ll join me at of our upcoming shapeshifting events. Today, as I head to Istanbul to speak at a conference of communications leaders – many of whom represent countries torn by economic and political turmoil and/or are spearheading movements toward greater freedom and power of the people – I’m driven to write about shapeshifting into compassion.

The World is As You Shapeshift It

By John Perkins

I’ve been thinking lately in terms of how shapeshifting into compassion can be a choice for all of us on a daily basis. Many of the greatest events in history started with one person’s commitment to shapeshift toward a more compassionate and just world for all. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson, Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, Jesus Christ, and all the great spiritual leaders chose to focus on creating just such a world.

Most recently we saw the passing of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for combining environmentalism with social and political activism. Wangari Maathai, was the founder of the Green Belt Movement; over three decades she inspired economically disadvantaged women to plant more than 30 million trees in Kenya. Maathai was also the inspiration behind the UN Environmental Programme’s Billion Tree Campaign, which has planted more than 11 billion trees to date.

What wondrous trees will be passed on for centuries to her descendants and my grandson’s descendants – all because of one woman planting one seed that then multiplied into millions!

From a shamanic perspective, shapeshifting begins with a dream, an intent. You then give it energy if you want it to truly occur in this world. Action follows. Intent, energy and action: Only when these three human forces are in place can you have true shapeshifting. The shamans believe we are one with everything, including the mountains, the plants, and the animals. Therefore if we are to support the idea of true peace, we must look at a much bigger concept than human existence. We must look for peace and compassion in all things.

Several years ago I was blessed to sit beside the Dalai Lama on a flight over the Himalayas. He and I talked about compassion and shapeshifting. I asked him, “What will it take, your Holiness, for us to have peace?”

“Well,” he responded, “you know, we cannot have peace until we have taken action that reflects our compassion, and our willingness to take responsibility.” He then added, “Peace can only come from taking responsibility for all forms of life…all sentient beings, including the insects.”

One of the most compassionate and important things we can do is create societies that deeply honor the earth and all sentient beings everywhere – cultures that by their nature will create a peaceful place for the trees, the rabbits, the spiders, the whales, and the tadpoles.

In order to have peace we must consistently shapeshift away from war and fear, away from greed and exploitation. We must shapeshift into a commitment to end all poverty and instead embrace compassion.

You and I can take one step today and plant a tree in our own backyard, in our community, or at a neighborhood school in honor of Wangari Maathai. Then you and I can plant the seeds of compassion every single day. We can spread these seeds among everyone we meet and everywhere we go in this incredibly beautiful world.


John Perkins



9/11 – Take Back America

By John Perkins

As we honor that fateful day, it is heart-wrenching to realize that 9/11 destroyed so much about America that I once loved.

This sad fact was evident the other day when I traveled up the White River in Vermont where people desperately trying to survive the ravages of Hurricane Irene are told that our nation is running out of money to help them and other disaster victims. I wonder how they feel about the billions of dollars spent every day fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Our loss as a nation was evident even before Irene — when I jogged on old rail road rights-of-way that pass under bridges that are riddled with decay, rotten concrete and rebar; I had that sinking feeling that comes from the knowledge that infrastructure around my country is dilapidating at unprecedented rates while a few business executives get rich building war machines that demolish villages, raze hospitals, and kill children. I have to ask: How will my 4-year old grandson feel when he stands beside a river he can’t cross and stares at the collapsed bridge his granddad’s generation refused to repair?

It is also evident every time I get manhandled by airport security people. Or read about Bradley Manning and others who have been imprisoned and sometimes tortured because they expose crimes committed by a military that is supposed to defend their rights to free speech.

In the outlandish debates in Congress over the budget, the way our system of government has deteriorated into a dangerous power struggle that would be laughable if it weren’t so damn dangerous.

In the schisms between “conservatives” and “liberals.”

And in the budget cuts in education, health care, and social services. . .

I need not go on. We are all experiencing the horrible ways our nation has changed in the last decade.

Like many other Americans, I’m not convinced that we’ve been told the whole truth around 9/11 story. I find it difficult to believe that a man with a walkie talkie in a Himalayan cave could execute such a complex operation or that an air attack on the Pentagon would not be repelled by fighter jets – and no general would lose his job. But I do know that if subversives wanted to destroy the country I love they could not find a better method for accomplishing that task.

Our downfall started with 9/11. Or, more precisely, because of the way we reacted to 9/11.

After 9/11, we as a nation fell under the spell of those who seek to control us through fear. That fateful day hammered us into submission.

AND we submitted. We must accept that responsibility. We now need to take this opportunity, the tenth anniversary – and the weeks after – to look ourselves in the mirror. Each and every one of us must ask what we intend to do to shake off our shackles and win our country back.

The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 is a Call To Action! Let’s mourn the victims.
Embrace their families in compassion – along with those of all the people who have died in the subsequent wars. But above all else, lets commit ourselves to taking back America!


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I hope you will also gather your Merry Men and Women and help us change the feudal lord system. Please read my latest article below on how we can all do this.

Calling All Robin Hoods and Maid Marions: Gather Your Merry Men and Women

by John Perkins

Like Robin Hood, we live in a time of turmoil. The feudal lords once again are exploiting We the People, and chaos has ensued. It is time for change. There is no other choice. There is no more option to transform gradually over time. We MUST instigate rapid change now or go down in the chaos.

The budget debacle in Washington DC is just another symptom of the chaos that, like the chaos of cancer, has invaded our body of social/political/economic institutions. The rioting in England and all the turmoil in Europe and the Middle East are other symptoms. As are the facts that 1) elected officials in the “the world’s great democracy” (the U.S.) no longer write the laws, but instead cede that responsibility over to lobbyists who work for the corporations that finance political campaigns, 2) the “mainstream” media fails to report the real news or stand up for the rights of We the People because it is owned by those corporations; 3) we will never have a balanced budget as long as we spend trillions of dollars to defend corporate exploitation in countries across the planet while denying basic services to our own people; and 4) we will not live up to the moral and philosophical principles we claim to endorse as long as we purchase products made by sweatshop slaves, blame other cultures and religions for our problems, accept as normal the outrageous corruption exemplified by a revolving door where politicians, heads of watch-dog agencies, and corporate executives are one and the same, and incarcerate people like Bradley Manning for exposing our dark underbelly.

Let’s admit that our rulers – like the feudal lords in Robin Hood’s England – have created a terrible situation. Our system of government and our form of predatory capitalism do not work, unless you happen to be a billionaire. Unfortunately, there are far too many billionaires in the world today who hold the power. They are the modern version of Prince John – and the politicians who protect them are the Sheriffs of Nottingham.

So where is Robin Hood? Where is Maid Marion? Where are all those Merry Men and Women who defied feudal lords in those glorious days we like to relive in our fantasies?

They are right here. In front of you. Look in the mirror. You are Robin Hood. You are Maid Marion. You are a leader!

It is time to gather the Merry Men and Women – your networks and communities – and spread the word. Today we do not need real bows and arrows, we do not need swords or weapons of destruction. Modern feudal lords control us with advertisements, propaganda, and materialistic seductions. They send in their hack TV commentators and newspaper pundits, rather than sheriffs armed with cross-bows.

We must defeat them on this new field of battle. It is a field of consciousness, not blood. The bow I personally choose is the computer keyboard and the lecture podium. My arrows are words – both written and spoken.

The budget debacle is the match that the Sheriff of Nottingham touched to the thatching on our roofs. My house is burning; so I’m grabbing keyboard and words and heading for Nottingham.

Please join me. Gather your own Merry Men and Women. Write your own letters and emails. Organize consumer protests. Wave placards. Give speeches. Run for election. Take action in whatever way your deepest passions direct you. Just don’t sit still.

We MUST act! But not violently. Doing it with love, compassion, and cooperation is the way out of this chaos. Today Robin Hood looks more like Martin Luther King Jr. than Errol Flynn!

Time to stop reading Robin Hood as a fantasy and instead to live that dream. The dream of waking up, taking responsibility and actions that will create a new story. And make no mistake about it: this is a true and honest story, one of integrity, and one our grandchildren will want to tell to their grandchildren.

Please see my website – – we’ve added several new shapeshifting events to the calendar.


John Perkins

New York Times bestselling author


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The Secret History of the American Empire


The World Is As You Dream It


The Stress-Free Habit

Spirit of the Shuar

Follow me on Twitter – @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

As I write this, I am watching the economic chaos in Greece. I’m sure we’re all sharing the feelings of fear of economic collapse that is rampant among the other European countries – and in fact, around the world.

These events are classic cases of what I detail in my books – “Confessions of An Economic Hit Man” and “Hoodwinked.”

Greece has been struck by economic hit men. Set to default on its debts, the Athens government is leading the pack of the17 eurozone states as the first country using the common currency to be declared in “selective default” on its debt. In the process, this nation, where democracy was first defined more than 2000 years ago, is clearly demonstrating how predatory capitalism works to undue the freedoms of its citizens. The Greek people were not the ones who agreed to accept these debts and for the most part they did not benefit from them; yet they will be burdened for years to come because they were hoodwinked by the international banking community and their own corrupt leaders.

Bailouts serve the creditors; they enslave the debtors. Although protesters swarm the streets of Athens, objecting to the draconian measures being imposed by the EU and the IMF, the country’s leaders are crumbling; they are accepting the bailouts. It has become evident that bailouts in our own U.S. crisis have only benefited the corporatocracy, with CEO’s paying themselves outrageous bonuses. This method of borrowing against the well-being of a country’s citizens merely serves to increase the power of the central banks, the IMF and corporate CEOs.

In my books, I write about how world economics and politics today are controlled by a very few people – the corporatocracy. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that whenever “debt restructuring” or “debt forgiveness” deals are struck they include privatizing parts of the economy that were previously considered public. Utilities, schools, prisons, even significant parts of the military are sold to multinational corps. Those who demand smaller government, are – knowingly or not – supporting a new brand of corporate imperialism.

These corporations are usurping the economic engines of growth that historically have been considered as belonging to the public domain. When I was an economic hit man during the 1970s, I was ordered to implement these policies in many “Third World” countries. It took me nearly a decade to see beyond the smoke and mirrors of the World Bank/Business School models, but eventually I came to understand that this was nothing less than the Big Steal. Now it has struck Iceland, Ireland, and Greece; Spain, and Portugal are in the cross-hairs. The Big Steal is escalating in the US, with the current round of budget-cutting anti-government campaigns.

I personally am outraged by elected officials who play into the hands of the corporatocracy. They tell us that our civil servants are incapable — and that corporations can do a better job. The so-called “patriots” denigrate the very government that won WWII, built our highway systems, and helped us become the wealthiest nation in history. Army generals are replaced by Blackwater mercenaries. Water and sewer systems are turned over to CEOs whose salaries exceed those of all the men and women who lay the pipes and keep the water flowing.

When our corporate-financed elected officials forced the government to step back, cut away at the regulations that were safety nets established after the Great Depression, the corporations brought down Wall Street, took us into this horrible recession, and then demanded that the government finance their recovery and sell them its assets. Our assets.

Please remember, none of this is about creating a better world for us or our children. It is about destroying democracy, emasculating government-by-the people, and replacing it with government-by-the corporatocracy. Despite the red-white-and-blue rhetoric, all these actions strengthen this New World Order of imperialistic rule by the corporatocracy.

We must not accede to a corporate-run government. We must vote out those who are on the corporate lobbyist bank roll and vote in those who can truly make a difference. We must reject the robber barons of the corporatocracy.

About 2400 years ago a Greek general named Pericles stood before an Athens audience and proclaimed, “We are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not the few, with equal justice to all alike in their private dispute.” Let this current Greek crisis serve as a reminder to all of us that democracy is under attack today. It will only survive if you and I – We the People – insist on governments that are “in the hands of the many and not the few.

Please join me in rejecting predatory capitalism and support organizations like Dream Change, The Pachamama Alliance, and the Green Festivals.


Dear Friends,

Llyn Roberts and I just completed powerful Shamanic Reiki and Business Leadership workshops at Omega, on the East Coast; now we head out to focus on the West Coast. We hope to see you at the Shapeshifting Buddha weekend at Esalen, July 15-17! This is our final West Coast Shapeshifting event until 2012. Register at

“Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness”, Llyn’s new book, has just been released to rave reviews by other authors on . I encourage you to purchase your copies today (for you and all your friends). You will receive the first edition and help drive the book to the best seller lists. Click onto and order through the home page amazon link to benefit the non-profit.

While at Omega we were honored to be asked to perform the opening blessing and ceremony for the new Women’s Institute and the innovative ultra green building that houses it. This is a living example of the integration of feminine and masculine principles, something we work very consciously with in all of our programs and an integral message in the book, Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!

John Perkins

New York Times bestselling author

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
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The World Is As You Dream It
The Stress-Free Habit
Spirit of the Shuar

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Pakistan The World Is Listening

Dear Friends,

I so appreciate the continued work you do in your own communities and in following your passions to make this a more just and sustainable world. I am gratified by the wonderful posts to our Facebook Page – and to our Twitter account – @economic_hitman. With these tools we have the power to impact corporations and governments around the world. Case in point:

Earlier this month, I was enjoying breakfast with my wife Winifred and listening to NPR’s Morning Edition. Steve Inskeep, in Pakistan, interviewing a Pakistani student, reported:

“Taseer talked about the book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by author John Perkins, who claimed the U.S. was plotting dominance over other nations. Hundreds of students on this campus receive scholarships partly financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development. But Taseer says most U.S. aid goes to the Pakistan military.”

Here is the link to that full story – . I was thrilled to hear the reference to my book, but even more excited by once again receiving confirmation that our messages are having huge impacts — people across the planet are taking action.

We see how countries all over the world are now rejecting tyranny. As we stand with them, we must also demand that in our own country our leaders will hearken to the call for a new economy based on doing well by all people – workers, consumers, and those who do not have jobs or food on their tables. The time for greed and excessive materialism has passed.

I urge you to ask as I have many times, how many decisions – including ones of great historical significance that impact millions of people – are made by men and women who are driven by personal greed rather than a desire to do the right thing? How many of our top government officials are motivated by ego – as well as outright bribes – instead of national loyalty? How many wars are fought because a president does not want to be perceived as “wimpy”? Or because he is beholden to corporate interests and knows he is vulnerable to rumors, innuendos, and unproven accusations?

Despite all this, I am filled with great hope for the future as we demand more accountability and truth from our leadership. I continue to tell my story because it MUST be told. The Pakistanis are listening. So are Nigerians and Bolivians. We are indeed global citizens.

We live in a time of crisis – yet also incredible opportunity. It is only by understanding our past mistakes that we will be able to take advantage of future opportunities.

Many years ago the Shuar of the Amazon told me “the world is as you dream it.” We can trade in that old nightmare of polluting industries, clogged highways, and hungry people for a new dream based on Earth-honoring and socially responsible principles of sustainability and equality. We have the power to create profound and enduring change.

I look forward to joining you in materializing this success story!


John Perkins

Twitter: @economic_hitman

NYTimes Bestselling Author
“Confessions of An Economic Hitman” johnnewsletter

Dear Friends,

We live in a time of extraordinary transformation. From climate change around the planet to regime change in the Middle East, from radioactive contamination in Japan to the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan – we are experiencing global events that will impact our world for years to come. And today, like never before, business is the prime mover for shaping attitudes and molding the institutions that educate us and govern our activities.

Hospitals used to be run by nuns, now they’re run by huge corporations. Newspapers used to be owned by families, now they’re owned by multinational companies. Laws in the US used to be written by elected officials, now the most important ones are written by corporate lobbyists who finance the political campaigns of those officials.

Business has, to a large degree, replaced government as the captain and navigator of our modern geo-political ship. Therefore, business leaders are called upon to take a new view of their responsibilities. It is essential that such leaders embrace practices that balance business acumen with a goal of creating a sustainable, just, and thriving world.

For the first time in history, the futures of all our children are interconnected. Our grandchildren will not inherit a planet they will want to live on unless every child, in every country, has that same opportunity. Understanding this fact of modern life underscores the responsibility that business leaders must now accept. It is incumbent on them – and us – to equate success not only with profits but also with how well a company performs in contributing to a sustainable world. When profits are attained through child slavery, environmental destruction, and other practices encouraged by predatory capitalism so prevalent in Third World countries, it is a false profit that ultimately fosters discontent and hatred and often leads to acts of terrorism.

During the first hundred years the US was a country, no corporation could obtain a charter in any state unless it proved that it would serve a public interest; most charters had to be renewed every ten years and the “public interest standard” applied once again. This all ended in the late 1800s when the Supreme Court decided that corporations had the rights, but not the responsibilities, of individuals.

It is time that our corporations move from the goal expounded by Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics in the 1970s that “the only responsibility of business is to maximize profits, regardless of the environmental and social costs” to a new goal that encourages reasonable rates of return for investors but only within the context of serving the public. We the People must be the beneficiaries of the most important geo-political force on our planet today.

What we thought were a stable economy, sustainable environment, and reliable energy sources have proven over the past several years to be unpredictable. Being in a leadership role in the world today requires a person to be flexible, forward thinking, and ready to embrace new ideas that will create sustainability within business, the community, and throughout the planet we all share.

“Shapeshifting” is a word that describes the abilities to transform ourselves, institutions, and societies. The most successful business leaders will be those whose companies are the first to shapeshift away from a greedy and unsustainable form of capitalism into one that makes profits while maximizing environmentally and socially responsible policies.

As many of you know, in my writings and public talks I urge people to take action. I am pleased to announce that I am following my own advice. I personally, along with a couple of remarkable institutions, am taking positive actions to alter the course of our geo-political ship.

The Omega Institute, a leader in providing professional workshops, Dream Change, Inc., a nonprofit innovator in sustainable practices I founded in the early1990s, and I are offering a first-ever workshop for leaders and aspiring leaders. This unique event, “Shapeshifting Business Leadership”, includes five days of interactive discussions, experiential activities, networking, and developing approaches for envisioning and realizing strategic goals. It integrates modern business approaches with deep transformational processes with the objective of empowering participants to embrace these changing times and inspiring them to return to their work places with tools to create innovative and sustainable business practices. In order to ensure that future leaders are able to attend, we are offering a number of full scholarships for people under 30 years old.

To find out more: .

I hope you will encourage anyone you know who is or may become a leader (in whatever form that takes) to join me on the beautiful Omega campus about an hour and a half up the Hudson River from New York City in June. I hope to see YOU there!

John Perkins

Twitter: @economic_hitman

NYTimes Bestselling Author
“Confessions of An Economic Hitman”

Upcoming Events in May and June—————————————————————


June 13-17th, 2011


Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

150 Lake Drive

Rhineback, NY


May 21-22, 2011 – Green Festival – Seattle

Qwest Convention Center

8007 Occidental Ave

Seattle, WA – updates and more info.


Dear Friends,

The Omega Institute is offering full scholarships for students and other people under 30 years old at the 5-day “Shapeshifting Business Leadership” workshop I am teaching this June 12-17. Link below.

This intensive experiential program integrates modern business approaches with deep transformational processes and is aimed at inspiring and empowering current and future leaders to create a sustainable, just, thriving, and peaceful world. It complements the work that so many of us are doing.

Omega is committed to moving from the more personal work that has been its hallmark into this new level of changing the consciousness of corporate and government institutions and views this program as the portal into this arena.

Omega and I agreed that it would be important for scholarship students to have a vested interest — to cover their own living expenses (If on-campus: $212 for all food and board, double occupancy, tent (tent provided by Omega); $345 for single occupancy, tent; $485 for single room, dorm).

I hope you will encourage people on your email and other lists to attend. Please register below.

Thank you for your support.


John Perkins


New York Times bestselling author

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The Secret History of the American Empire
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The Stress-Free Habit
Spirit of the Shuar

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your continued support at my speaking events. I hope you will look at my website and register at Omega for my Shapeshifting Business Leadership – , program during June 12th – 17th.

There are also other events in April and May at . Please see the full listing at the end of the newsletter.

Many of you wonder about the current turmoil in the Middle East – particularly Libya during its latest phase of strife. I want to address that in this newsletter which will also be posted on, and blogs in several other countries. Please follow me on Twitter @economic_hitman .

Libya: It’s Not About Oil, It’s About Currency and Loans

By John Perkins

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- World Bank President Robert Zoellick Thursday said he hopes the institution will have a role rebuilding Libya as it emerges from current unrest.

Zoellick at a panel discussion noted the bank’s early role in the reconstruction of France, Japan and other nations after World War II.

“Reconstruction now means (Ivory Coast), it means southern Sudan, it means Liberia, it means Sri Lanka, I hope it will mean Libya,” Zoellick said.

On Ivory Coast, Zoellick said he hoped that within “a couple weeks” the bank would move forward with “some hundred millions of dollars of emergency support.”( By Jeffrey Sparshott, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES –full article here – .)

We listen to U.S. spokespeople try to explain why we’re suddenly now entangled in another Middle East war. Many of us find ourselves questioning the official justifications. We are aware that the true causes of our engagement are rarely discussed in the media or by our government.

While many of the rationalizations describe resources, especially oil, as the reasons why we should be in that country, there are also an increasing number of dissenting voices. For the most part, these revolve around Libya’s financial relationship with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and multinational corporations.

According to the IMF, Libya’s Central Bank is 100% state owned. The IMF estimates that the bank has nearly 144 tons of gold in its vaults. It is significant that in the months running up to the UN resolution that allowed the US and its allies to send troops into Libya, Muammar al-Qaddafi was openly advocating the creation of a new currency that would rival the dollar and the euro. In fact, he called upon African and Muslim nations to join an alliance that would make this new currency, the gold dinar, their primary form of money and foreign exchange. They would sell oil and other resources to the US and the rest of the world only for gold dinars.

The US, the other G-8 countries, the World Bank, IMF, BIS, and multinational corporations do not look kindly on leaders who threaten their dominance over world currency markets or who appear to be moving away from the international banking system that favors the corporatocracy. Saddam Hussein had advocated policies similar to those expressed by Qaddafi shortly before the US sent troops into Iraq.

In my talks, I often find it necessary to remind audiences of a point that seems obvious to me but is misunderstood by so many: that the World Bank is not really a world bank at all; it is, rather a U. S. bank. Ditto, its closest sibling, the IMF. In fact, if one looks at the World Bank and IMF executive boards and the votes each member of the board has, one sees that the United States controls about 16 percent of the votes in the World Bank – (Compared with Japan at about 7%, the second largest member, China at 4.5%, Germany with 4.00%, and the United Kingdom and France with about 3.8% each), nearly 17% of the IMF votes (Compared with Japan and Germany at about 6% and UK and France at nearly 5%), and the US holds veto power over all major decisions. Furthermore, the United States President appoints the World Bank President.

So, we might ask ourselves: What happens when a “rogue” country threatens to bring the banking system that benefits the corporatocracy to its knees? What happens to an “empire” when it can no longer effectively be overtly imperialistic?

One definition of “Empire” (per my book The Secret History of the American Empire) states that an empire is a nation that dominates other nations by imposing its own currency on the lands under its control. The empire maintains a large standing military that is ready to protect the currency and the entire economic system that depends on it through extreme violence, if necessary. The ancient Romans did this. So did the Spanish and the British during their days of empire-building. Now, the US or, more to the point, the corporatocracy, is doing it and is determined to punish any individual who tries to stop them. Qaddafi is but the latest example.

Understanding the war against Quaddafi as a war in defense of empire is another step in the direction of helping us ask ourselves whether we want to continue along this path of empire-building. Or do we instead want to honor the democratic principles we are taught to believe are the foundations of our country?

History teaches that empires do not endure; they collapse or are overthrown. Wars ensue and another empire fills the vacuum. The past sends a compelling message. We must change. We cannot afford to watch history repeat itself.

Let us not allow this empire to collapse and be replaced by another. Instead, let us all vow to create a new consciousness. Let the grass-roots movements in the Middle East – fostered by the young who must live with the future and are fueled through social networks – inspire us to demand that our country, our financial institutions and the corporations that depend on us to buy their goods and services commit themselves to fashioning a world that is sustainable, just, peaceful, and prosperous for all.

We stand at the threshold. It is time for you and me to step across that threshold, to move out of the dark void of brutal exploitation and greed into the light of compassion and cooperation.

John Perkins

Twitter: @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your continued support at my speaking events. Below is the latest newsletter.

A Militarized Economy Cannot Balance the Budget

By John Perkins

“Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.” Eisenhower, 1961 Military Industrial Speech )

While we send our love and support to those so horribly impacted by the earthquake and tsunami, we must not allow this shock to divert us from the tsunami headed our way. Our business and political leaders will try to use this terrible catastrophe as a diversion to hoodwink us into budgetary reductions that will fatten their wallets and leave us and our children devastated.

It does not matter on what side of the political fence you sit during the current budget debates. The fact is that if our leaders are not willing to take into account our over-dependence on a militarized economy and change it, we will never balance the budget. Our progeny will face an endless struggle to clean up the debris.

Each year the Department of Defense’s tidal wave grows more menacing. We witness countless billions allocated for weapons research and development; nuclear warheads; and the secret and often illegal activities of the CIA, NSA, FBI, Homeland Security, and other “intelligence” agencies. We watch countries that are caught up in natural disasters and political upheavals and see how this “crisis elixir” attracts and profits predatory capitalists. Turmoil in foreign lands encourages U.S. hawks to party on at their military orgies. They stagger out to launch campaigns into new areas of conflict.

And they have the gall to do this under the guise of promoting democracy.

It is time for us to tell them that they are exposed, that we comprehend that what they are really doing is reaping huge profits and making other nations their financial servants for generations to come. Meanwhile, at home, we face severe cutbacks in social services, transportation, health care, the environmental and educational sectors, and other civil services.

Now is the time for us – you and me – to let our leaders know that we are no longer duped by their rhetoric. We understand they cannot bring our financial house to order without significant reductions in military spending. This includes calling our troops back from the Middle East and Afghanistan.

In 1961, President Eisenhower said, “As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.” There is a very sad irony in those words. We need to let those who have followed Ike’s footsteps to the halls of power in Washington know that we understand the relevance of those words to today’s economic and military crises.

The United States accounts for almost 50 percent of the world’s total military spending; yet our share of the world’s GDP is less than 25 percent. This official budget does not take into account the money that is secretly allocated in the “black” budgets of the Pentagon, CIA, and other clandestine operations.

We must all ask ourselves:

How can a nation that prides itself on government “of, for, and by the people,” justify hiding these black budget allocations from taxpayer scrutiny? How can a nation continue to prosper by ignoring its own long-term demise at the hands of a militarized economy?

If we truly want a real democracy to survive for generations to come, then we must demand extensive military reductions. We must demand a peaceful and sustainable path for our country and for the world at large. We must bring our soldiers home. We must protect ourselves from the tsunami that is building on Wall Street and in the halls of Washington DC.

John Perkins

Twitter: @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

I hope you will take time to read this and share it with your social networks. And let us all commit to “Taking the Economic Road Less Traveled.”

Taking the Economic Road Less Traveled

“I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference in the world.” Robert Frost

As the events in the Middle East and the tragedy of Japan’s earthquake continue to unfold, we are called upon more than ever to transform the U.S. government, one that relies heavily on predatory capitalism. We are witness to truly historic changes in global leadership that will affect generations to come. The old power brokers are being forced to loosen their militaristic grip. Japan, a country that has been brought to its knees, must rebuild and re-think its alliances and in doing so will change the balance of geopolitics.

At home, our budget lies shattered; backbiting political leaders swap tales of how they want to cut aid to those who can least afford it, while doing nothing to curb runaway military spending. Faced with our current economic, educational, and energy crises, we must reject the road populated with Hummers, pollution, and homeless vets returning from war without support. We must take the economic road less traveled.

We must build a new road that calls for Wall Street to be held accountable for the economic crisis it created through skimming profits and developing new and riskier financial tools. We must tell President Obama and all our elected officials that the old formula of the few benefiting at the expense of the many must stop now.

We as citizens must demand a transparent accounting system where the corporatocracy can no longer operate its dizzying and disastrous shell game. We must demand change NOW so that institutions representing we the people (including unions) are strengthened and the true voice of the people is heard over the empty rallying cries of Wall Street and its continual and criminal theft of hard-earned American dollars.

We cannot become so wrapped up in debates that only focus on the current economic crises and forget to address the systemic problems. We must stop letting partisan politics and special interest groups distract us from enacting laws that will rid us of the mutant virus form of predatory capitalism and offer instead a healthy system that demands that corporations serve the public interest.

We cannot allow indicators of “good news” like temporary increases in the stock market, tiny spikes in GDP, and payoffs of loans by bailed-out banks to soothe us into believing that things have returned to “normal.”

We’ve seen the consequences of allowing the bail out of banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and the executives who bulldozed our savings. None of these short term fixes solved the systemic issues of predatory capitalism. Our present system is a failure. There is no ‘returning to normal’; that simply is not an option. The economic road we’ve traveled has only taken us to disaster.

We must change the parameters of the journey.

So I ask you, as we witness continued layoffs, closing of schools, cuts in healthcare, financial aid, unemployment and veteran benefits, to take a stand. Follow your own passions, use your talents to demand change. Take whatever actions are most appropriate for you.

One thing we can all do is to sign petitions. I ask you to start right now; join me and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network in demanding that President Obama make those responsible for the economic crises pay for their crimes. Please sign this petition in support of forcing Wall Street to Pay – . I urge you to continue to support organizations that help to rebuild Japan and to keep a discerning eye on the Middle East. Remember that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Do not be lulled into believing that what is best for the corporatocracy is best for you.

John Perkins

Twitter: @economic_hitman

Upcoming Events: Below are events in April – please check my website – for full schedule.


March 31 – April 1, 2011 Queen’s International Development Conference –

Thursday, March 31, 8:00 to 9:30 ET – Talk and Signing Queen’s University Chernoff Auditorium 90 Bader Lane – Queen’s University Campus Kingston, ON Canada KSL3N6

Sponsored by: Queen’s International Development Conference

Friday, April 1, 7:00 to 9:30PM ET – Keynote Speech to Open Conference Holiday Inn – Kingston, Ontario 2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L1A2 CANADA


April 7, 2011 7:30PM PT Talk/Signing at Town Hall Seattle Downstairs at Town Hall room 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Co-sponsored by: Town Hall Center for Civic Life and University Book Store $5, ticketed in advance at or at the door


GREEN FESTIVAL April 9-10, 2011 San Francisco Concourse and Design Center San Francisco, CA

Monday, April 11, 2011 – 8PM PT Talk and Booksigning – PRAXIS PEACE INSTITUTE

Sonoma Community Center Andrews Hall, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma, CA

Sponsor: Praxis Peace Institute


Dear Friends,

I wanted to share with you this piece on the Japanese earthquake and hope you will do all you can to help those facing this disaster.

“What We Can All Do in the Face of A Tsunami”

In light of the terrible earthquake that struck the Pacific we feel deep sadness; our hearts go out to the Japanese, and to the impacted people of so many lands, and to all sentient beings. When disasters like this happen one of the fundamental things to remember is that we always have the choice to operate in openness and abundance instead of fear.

No matter what natural disasters occur we can choose to face them unified in the greater and renewed mission of building and rebuilding a sustainable world for all beings. It does not matter what your religion is, or your job, or your economic status. The important thing is that you choose to change the world in spite of what oftentimes seem overwhelming obstacles.

It is during these unexpected disasters that we can truly find our souls and the commonalities of our humanity. Those cannot be taken away no matter how much Mother Earth shakes and how hard the tsunami waves strike. In fact, we may choose to see that Earth as testing us, and also reminding us of her power and of our dependence upon her.

We must awaken again because of this earthquake and choose to do everything we can to help those whose needs are greater than ours, and we must support the changes that need to happen globally in order for all of us to rebuild our relationship to Earth.

Let us choose to alter our dreams to create a more Earth-honoring society, redefine our interaction with the natural world, and redirect our energies toward a more balanced future. We can create anything we dream. We all have the power to re-dream the world and to redefine the role humans play in it.

Let us choose peace over war, richness of spirit and love over greed, freedom of religion instead of prejudice, and a green and sustainable economy over an unsustainable greed-based economy.

We can dream this new Earth-based dream together – and each of our dreams with their powerful intent will create a better world for future generations.

In support of the Japanese and other impacted souls I also urge you to take whatever actions most appeal you, to donate time and/or money to relief organizations you trust, to send your prayers, meditations, and energy to all the sentient beings who are struggling through this crisis.


John Perkins

NYTimes Best-selling author “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”

Latest book ‘Hoodwinked”

Twitter @economic_hitman

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Dear Friends,

I celebrate the victory in Ecuador and look forward to all of us continuing the change for the better in the world!

Ecuador: Another Victory for the People!

By John Perkins

The Middle East, Wisconsin, and now the victory of Ecuadorians over the oil giant, Texaco (owned by Chevron)! We the people are taking back the reigns of power!

It really started in Latin America where during the past decade ten countries democratically voted in presidents determined to stop the corporatocracy from ruthlessly exploiting their people and natural resources. Every one of these ten countries was ruled by ruthless CIA-puppet dictators for most of my life. Now that has changed. Perhaps it is fitting that among all the victories occurring today, the one against a single corporation, an oil giant that epitomizes the corporatocracy, happened in Latin America.

When I was writing Hoodwinked, the $27 billion class action environmental lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorians against Texaco was still in full swing. It alleged that the company had dumped more than 16 billion gallons of toxic wastes into rain forest rivers (compared to BP’s 210 million gallons of oil in the Gulf and the Exxon Valdez’s 11 million gallons in Alaska) and that these wanton actions had destroyed fragile Amazonian environments and killed hundreds of people. The suit, at the time, was the largest environmental lawsuit in the history of the planet.

Ecuador is a classic case. In the 1970s its people were targets of predatory lending. Unscrupulous international banks promoted billions of dollars in borrowing by Ecuadorian dictators who blew most of the money on projects that made them and their cronies – as well as US construction/manufacturing consortiums — wealthy. After the transition to democracy, the Ecuadorian people were stuck holding the bag. Ecuador’s debt has risen to more than 3.9 billion today. In 2007, the Ecuadorian government paid $1.75 billion in debt service, more than it spent on health care, social services, the environment and housing and urban development combined. For the corporatocracy, debt is one of its most powerful weapons.

Unfortunately, Ecuador is just one of many examples. Over the years, unelected dictators have been placed into power through the clandestine efforts of multinational corporations, international banks, the CIA, and economic hit men throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The citizens were not involved in making or accepting the deals these leaders signed that left their countries awash in debt and their lands, air, and waters poisoned by toxic wastes.

The good news is that the tide is turning. The Ecuadorian judge awarded an $8.6 billion fine against Chevron (plus another $8.6 billion in punitive damages). Less than the amount sought by the victims, it is nevertheless a huge victory. Like the popular uprisings in the Middle East and Wisconsin, it is also symbolic of our changing world, one which we the people are determined to take back.

Yet we must all participate. The corporatocracy will fight back. In Ecuador, Chevron-Texaco has already stated that they do not intend to pay and that, since they have sold all their assets in that country, the plaintiffs have no leverage. What that means is that you and I must continue to pressure Chevron and other oil companies. We must not purchase their gas. We must battle against toxic dumping everywhere.

I urge you as well if you have not yet seen the movie “Crude” to watch it and to support the Ecuadorian battle via your social networks. The link for the movie is here – .

We must stop the spread of predatory capitalism. We must all reject the social and environmental costs that this mutant virus spreads. The defining goal of the corporatocray – that the only responsibility of business is to make short-term profits – must be replaced by a recognition that corporations have to serve the public interest.

I urge you today to support the fight against Chevron at this site – .

I also urge you to support the battle in Wisconsin by going here – .

And continue to support the people of Egypt by going here – .

Remember, we can ALL change the world for the better.


Upcoming workshop with Llyn Roberts and John Perkins – Massachusetts.

March 11-13th – Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA – to register go to .


John Perkins

Twitter – @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

I wanted to share my great joy upon seeing that Yoko Ono cited my book in OMagazine as one of the seven books that made a difference in her life. The link to see her thoughts on the book is here – . Please share it with your networks!

Since I’ve last sent out the newsletter we’ve seen the incredible events in Egypt continue to unfold. I wanted to share my latest piece on Egypt titled, “The Global Message of Egypt”, which is also featured on Huffington Post as well as .

The Global Message Of Egypt

By John Perkins

Now that we’ve witnessed the historic overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and seen how the people of Egypt have spoken loud and clear in favor of democracy, let us stand together in support of Egypt, ensuring that this ancient land will not fall to the corporatocracy. And, let us also be inspired to end the terrible reign of the corporatocracy around the world, including in the United States.

Yes, Mubarak has been forced out and replaced by Omar Suleiman, but there was tremendous jockeying behind the scenes by EHMs, the CIA, Israel’s Mossad, and the US State Department – to guarantee that the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-corporatocracy groups would not win the day.

Omar Suleiman was former head of Egyptian intelligence, with tight connections to the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Israeli right wing. What the people really want is a true democracy. Even though their most immediate demand has been met – Mubarak out – it appears that their greater goal will be realized only if we in the U.S. insist that our government stop supporting the anti-democratic forces that represent the status quo. As I write these words, all indications are that the dictator who has gone down will be replaced by someone with a similar philosophy who is part of the same system – one that imprisoned the Egyptian people in a police state for more than three decades.

Members of the corporatocracy are obsessed with winning. They will invest vast amounts of money to get their way. They also share a common goal: to maximize profits, regardless of the environmental and social costs. In seeking that goal, they continue to perpetuate an extremely unstable, unsustainable, unjust, and dangerous world.

While listening to NPR this morning I heard a reporter say of the thousands marching in Egypt, “They are voting with their feet.” This is a beautiful statement of how democracy can be achieved through sheer force of will (and feet, and Facebook and Twitter)! It is imperative now that those incredible Egyptians who started this march to democracy be supported in their goal of realizing a government that is truly “of, for, and by the people.”.

Freedom from the heavy hand of the corporatocracy is key for having a just and sustainable nation – and world. The youthful energy that spread from Tunisia into and across Egypt should inspire us all to reign in the corporatocracy. The Middle East has taught us that social networking is an effective weapon – a much gentler and kinder one than those used in past revolutions. Let us all commit to employing it to support those brave Egyptians and also ourselves and our children. We have seen that brutal dictators are vulnerable to the computer’s keyboard. This lesson should give each and every one of us cause to rejoice. And to demand an end to the predatory capitalism that has brought our species to the brink of disaster.

Effective revolutionaries must adjust to changing conditions, seeking the greatest leverage points of their time. This is the first moment in human history when we are able to communicate with people on every corner of our planet – instantaneously. That, and the dependency of the corporatocray on we the people to buy their goods and services and support their corrupt politicians are our strongest leverage points. In understanding this we walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the people who lost their lives in Egypt. We can stand together in a global circle just as the Muslims and Christians did in Tahrir Square. The real revolution has only just begun…


Upcoming workshops with Llyn Roberts and John Perkins – in Canada and Massachusetts.

March 2-8th – Hollyhock, Vancouver – to register go to .

March 11-13th – Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA – to register go to .


John Perkins

Twitter – @economic_hitman

See my Website for events and blog posts –


Dear Friends,

The events in Egypt point to a new balance of power between the people and the corporatocracy. I was an economic hit man in Egypt in the 1970s, as well as in Iran, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. I’ve been asked many questions about the recent political uprisings in Egypt and want to share a few insights.

Current events in the Middle East are indicative of this new era when we the people are taking back our power. It started in Latin America where 10 countries – that for many years had been ruled by CIA-supported dictators – elected presidents who are standing up to the corporatocracy. Now a similar movement is seeding itself in the Middle East.

Egypt is finally taking a stance against the tyrannical rule of Hosni Mubarak who, along with his own secret service and help from the CIA and U.S. aid agencies, has created unbearable conditions for most of the citizens. (Excluding Iraq and Afghanistan, Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign and military aid, behind Israel.)

It is estimated that 40 percent of Egyptians live below or close to the poverty line. Mubarak’s rule is symbolic of many countries where the corporatocracy (in the name of democracy) puts people in power specifically so they will maintain the wealthiest and greediest status quo – a system benefiting those who least need benefits.

An important lesson from the Middle East is that we must call on ourselves to initiate change. It is time to say “No” to corporatocracy robber barons who have stolen our countries. In the U.S., the economic crises, in addition to wars and governmental policies that benefit Big Business, should provide inspiration enough to motivate us into taking action. Until recently our laws were made by elected officials, but now they are crafted by corporate lobbyists.

Governments that focus their policies primarily on attaining higher profit-margins for the wealthiest few are, without exception, corrupt governments. When people are starving, do not have adequate healthcare, work under sub-standard conditions and endure environmental hazards – all for the sake of a wealthy few – then it is time to throw out that government.

I’m often asked if I think democracy is a good system in comparison to others, despite its flaws. I answer that I favor democracy. However, I fear our present form of government in the U.S. does not meet the definition of democracy—or of a Republic.

In fact the “democracy” and “republic” the EHMs [economic hit men] and jackals peddle to other countries is a misnomer, a mutant aimed at creating a better bottom line for investors, while shutting down the possibility of significant advancement for the majority of the citizens. When the people revolt, the rulers hustle to secure their plans to escape from accepting responsibility for the injustices caused by their policies. We are seeing that now with Mubarak in Egypt.

I urge you to support these movements around the globe – including in the U.S. But right now, today, let’s stand behind the people of Egypt. Support their quest for a just and sustainable government. Demand that everyone has the right to freedom of expression and battle against tyranny. And please join my Facebook page where I will post more updates on Egypt and other amazing revolts against corporatocracy.

Let’s join together to support the drive toward a freer world for ALL.


Upcoming workshops with Llyn Roberts – and John Perkins – in Canada and Massachusetts.

March 2-8th – Hollyhock, Vancouver – to register go to .

March 11-13th – Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA – to register go to . .

See John’s current pieces on and


John Perkins Twitter – @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

We are beginning a New Year – the last before 2012, an election year in the U.S. and also one prophesized by the Maya and other cultures as marking a time with the potential for important transformations.

My most important resolution this year is to offer myself – and you – a challenge. It is also one of the simplest we can undertake: that each of us will honor our deepest dreams and let them remind us of the intent we all have for creating a just and sustainable world. Let our dreams connect us to the deepest part of our hearts and to Pachamama (Mother Earth, Universe, Father Creator. . .) that wants all of us to dream as big as possible.

So I ask the following of myself and of you.

Let us join hands and commit to making 2011 the year of refuting the idea that dollars spent toward arms, spying on civilians, and intrusive homeland security pat downs, as well as on goods and services provided through exploiting people and other sentient beings, will make us safe, prosperous, and happy. Instead, let us redirect those dollars toward developing sustainable energy and agriculture, cleaning up the terribly polluted lands, waters, and air of our planet, and helping starving people find ways to grow, store, and distribute healthy food to their families. Let this be the year our grandchildren will remember as the time when we the people initiated a transformation that will enable them to thrive.

In short, I challenge myself and you in 2011 to dream BIG, not in terms of material things, but in terms of love, compassion, peace, connection, and true joy.

I recently returned from guiding another group to the Mayan lands of Guatemala, along with my co-facilitator Llyn Roberts – . One of the most inspirational teachings from these journeys is the lesson in rediscovering and re-empowering the dreams we hold for the world.

As Llyn and I often teach in our workshops, there is a true difference between dreams (things we want to materialize in the physical world) and fantasies (things we like to imagine but would not want materialized). To a large degree, our lives are determined by how successful we are at distinguishing the difference. My friend and guide, the Mayan shaman Viejo Itza once said to me, “The shapeshifter must be able to recognize both dreams and fantasies, and be able to separate one from the other. This is part of the intent. We can’t understand our intent until we separate these two.” (For more about Viejo Itza, dreams, and intent, please see my book, Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation. )

It is essential to give intent to our positive and healing dreams for the world and not to be taken in by the lure of fantasy in this materially obsessed media world. While fantasies can be enjoyed in the “journeying” state of imagination, our energy should be directed toward making what we dream a reality. Let’s not get caught up by the seductions of media pundits. They are fantasy-weavers who profit by distracting us from a higher sense of being. They want us to try to keep up with the Joneses, neglecting to inform us that the Joneses are merely a fantasy that imprisons our dreams.

This is the year to choose to dream bigger than the Joneses, to measure our dreams not by material wealth but by the balance of heart happiness we enjoy no matter what our bank balance.

Individually, let us honor our dreams. Collectively, let us join together and dream a dream that will create a better world for all of us and our children.

I also want to encourage you to join me at one of my upcoming events:

Costa Rica on January 22nd to 29th, 2011 – at the Omega Conference. Costa Rica is an incredibly pristine and peace-filled place to contemplate new dreams.

Upcoming workshops with Llyn Roberts and John Perkins – in Canada and Massachusetts.

March 2-8th – Hollyhock, Vancouver – to register go to .

March 11-13th – Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA – to register go to .

Happy New Year and I toast to your very best dreams.


John Perkins

Twitter – @economic_hitman

See my Website for events and blog posts –

johnnewsletterDear Friends,

I wanted to share this new Huffington Post with you below, as it relates to my thoughts on 2012 prophecies and our new dreams.

New Dreams of Nature and 2012

By John Perkins

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

In the next few weeks I will lecture at the University of Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council, San Francisco’s Green Festival, Sustainability conferences at Omega and the University of Massachusetts, and a number of other venues.

My co-facilitator Llyn Roberts – of DreamChange – and I will teach the first half of a 16-day Shapeshifting Apprenticeship at Omega – and prepare to lead our Prophets Conference December 2010 trip to the Maya of Guatemala where participants will explore the true meaning of the 2012 prophecies with Mayan elders and shamans. I mention all of this because my schedule reflects, I believe, the tidal wave of change that is flooding human consciousness.

The tidal wave is coming as our dreams and our every day lives burst through the old and tired barriers of economically driven greed and return to the foundations of A sustainable and just life for each person in every community.

Our consciousness is changing our perceptions of ourselves and our social and cultural institutions, and this in turn is changing our lifestyles. We hear the indigenous people telling us how everything is tied together, that the spirit of the stone and the spirit of the mountain are inextricably linked to our own spirits. We are dreaming a powerful new way of living within nature, not “conquering” or destroying her.

Every indigenous culture i have worked with believes in the incredible power of dreams. Many equate dreams with the latent energy of the seed and embryo. Their beliefs are not unlike Carl Jung’s theory that humanity’s collective unconscious contains the knowledge of all past and future events and that dreams are a key for tapping into this vast library of information.

“Dreaming” is the most powerful thing we do in life. It forms the bases for our perceptions, attitudes, emotions, motivations and actions. It occurs all the time, at both conscious and subconscious levels; while we are working, driving our cars, preparing food, reading and watching television – as well as during sleep. Individual dreams affect the courses of our lives; collective dreams determine the futures of civilization.

The past, the future, the present: we have the ability to blend them into one. We can transform ourselves and our cultures. All we have to do is dream a new dream, give it energy, and it will happen.

Knowing that we truly live in parallel worlds, we also understand that everything is one and it is all occurring concurrently. This means that all the great teachers, wise elders, and shamans are here now, ready to help us. Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, Socrates, Einstein. . . their power is here with us today and it is awesome. This also explains why so many people—including traditional medical doctors, physicists , and psychologists – are suddenly being drawn to these “alternative” ways of thinking.

So now more than ever, it is up to us to continue to move forward in our journey of greater consciousness and awareness. I am struck by the signs that we are indeed poised to experience events foretold by the Mayan prophecy of 2012. And I view all these signs with a very positive bent.

Although there are many different interpretations of this prophecy, the one most widely accepted by the Maya teachers I know is taken from the Popul Vuh, the Mayan creation myth. Far from predicting a Hollywood-style doomsday, it holds out the possibility of positive transformation. In its simplest form, the people overthrow an egotistical regime characterized by exploitation and deception and replace it with an enlightened and compassionate one. In the process, the people have to surrender their own egos and endure material and environmental hardships.

December 21, 2012 was identified by the Maya as the time when this transformation will become most obvious. It was an auspicious date for them because their astrologers predicted that at that moment the sun would move into alignment with the center of the Milky Way. Modern scientists, not the Mayas, offer theories that the earth’s climate and magnetic poles may be changing.

Whether or not you believe in this Mayan prophecy, you — we — can agree that our consciousness is shifting. With the success of the movie “Avatar” and real-life victories of indigenous tribes against the corporatocracy in places like Ecuador and Bolivia, we experience the deep power of our dreams for a better world. We are dreaming and demanding sustainability.

I believe the real message of 2012, is a call to action based on the knowledge that we can transform ourselves. It echoes down through the centuries from a people who built the magnificent pyramids that continue to enthrall and mystify visitors to the Yucatan Peninsula and who also created one of history’s most accurate calendars – the one that ends in 2012.

So, as I head out to these speaking engagements, I feel that the real tidal wave is not the one shown in movies that attempt to terrify us about a coming doomsday; rather, we are experiencing a tidal wave of changing consciousness.

I know you will be one of those swept up in this tidal wave, who dreams new dreams and, by doing so, joins our partnership to transform the world. looking forward to riding this wave with you.


Upcoming Events:

As the world shifts, so can we to a higher and more positive relationship with our souls and nature. We can help bridge the balance between spirit, humans and the natural world together. I hope you’ll join me and Llyn Roberts – , for these incredible events. We will be at Omega in October and taking our Mayalands journey in December sponsored by The Prophet’s Conference. I’ve put the full information for both of these upcoming events below. I truly hope to see you there.



Master Healer & Shapeshifter Apprenticeship

Sacred Ground & Sacred Healing Ways

Part One of a Two-Part Professional Certification Training

Omega Institute proudly presents this exclusive apprenticeship training with eminent shamanic teachers Llyn Roberts and John Perkins.




Shamans are the spiritual mediators for their communities, those who maintain the balance between spirit, humans, and the natural world.

In Part 1 of this apprenticeship, we establish our shamanic connection to sacred ground, and are introduced to the foundations of the intensive healing forms and rituals that we learn in Part 2 of this training.




Sponsored by: The Prophet’s Conference

For more information:

Call (1)888-777-5981 (1)888-777-5981 or (44)020 8123 5108


Authors John Perkins and Llyn Roberts will take us on an amazing journey to the ancient Mayan sites of Tikal, Antiqua, and Lake Atitlan, using ancient shamanic approaches to propel us to higher states of consciousness — and to experience how changing the dream can help us shapeshift not only ourselves, but the world around us.

Thank you.


John Perkins

Twitter – @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

Thank you for reading this enewsletter.

I also wanted to note the two incredible events coming up, one is at Omega in October and the second is our trip to Guatemala in December. Please see the information links below for more information.


Master Healer & Shapeshifter Apprenticeship Sacred Ground & Sacred Healing Ways Part One of a Two-Part Professional Certification Training Omega Institute proudly presents this exclusive apprenticeship training with eminent shamanic teachers Llyn Roberts and John Perkins.



Shamans are the spiritual mediators for their communities, those who maintain the balance between spirit, humans, and the natural world. In Part 1 of this apprenticeship, we establish our shamanic connection to sacred ground, and are introduced to the foundations of the intensive healing forms and rituals that we learn in Part 2 of this training.


With JOHN PERKINS & LLYN ROBERTS Sponsored by: The Prophet’s Conference

For more information: Call (1)888-777-5981 (1)888-777-5981 or (44)020 8123 5108 email: adventures AT

Authors John Perkins and Llyn Roberts will take us on an amazing journey to the ancient Mayan sites of Tikal, Antiqua, and Lake Atitlan, using ancient shamanic approaches to propel us to higher states of consciousness — and to experience how changing the dream can help us shapeshift not only ourselves, but the world around us.

Finally, I also wanted to share my latest Huffington Post titled, “Mr. CEO, Can You Spare A Job or a Free Lunch?”, and hope you’ll share and pass it along to your social networks via Twitter and Facebook.

Mr. CEO, Can You Spare A Job or a Free Lunch?

By John Perkins

“An economic policy which does not consider the well-being of all will not serve the purposes of peace and the growth of well-being among the people of all nations.”(Eleanor Roosevelt)

In case you are tempted to feel sorry during these troubled times for the corporatocracy . . . this just in:

The CEOs who fired the most workers during the current economic recession also rewarded themselves with the highest pay. Top managers at the fifty corporations with the greatest number of layoffs were paid an average of $12 million in salary, bonuses and other perks — 42 percent more than the average for the Standard & Poor’s 500. To make matters worst, at most of these companies – a whopping 72 percent in fact – layoffs were announced at a time when earnings were increasing. This according to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies that covered the period from November 2008 to April 2010.

Isn’t it comforting to know that while you and I are experiencing the worst economy we’ve seen in our life-times, with jobless claims rising to 500,000, the CEOs are thriving? They are purchasing luxury cars, yachts, new homes, and even buying off foreclosed properties at fire-sale prices. Perhaps we should sleep better at night knowing that they are working so hard to offset their ruthless firings of employees by trying to revive the Rolls Royce dealerships and mortgage companies!

Not only are some of the world’s richest CEOs getting richer off the backs of laid off employees, but they’re doing it at the same time profits rise and shareholder cigars are lit with martinis in hand celebrating the companies continued reign of predatory capitalism. These same 50 top layoff leaders’ companies also enjoyed a 44% average profit increase in 2009. And many of them paid little or no taxes (e.g. Exxon, with over $45 billion in profits, recorded no U.S. income taxes and GE generated $10 billion in pretax income and took a tax BENEFIT of $1.1 billion).

I have to admit that I was never terribly enamored with Karl Marx. When I was a young man, many of my peers called on his writings to justify taking to the streets against the Vietnam war, but I – a business student – saw that war more as an excuse for the military-industrial complex to get rich than as a class struggle. Now, however, I have to suspect that Marx was wiser than I used to believe. In fact, the Institute for Policy Studies report estimates that CEOs in the U.S.’s largest publicly traded corporations earn an average compensation 263 times higher than the typical American production worker. Sounds like the exact situation Marx warned us about!

The study cites some very telling specific examples. Among them

– Wal-Mart’s CEO Michael Duke laid off 13,350 workers and earned almost 20 million for his trouble;

– The now disgraced Mark Hurd of HP managed to reduce his work force by 6400 and still earn $24.2 million;

– AMEX’s Kenneth Chenault earned $16.8 million while American Express laid off 4,000 employees accepted $3.39 billion in TARP funding;

– Intel Corp’s Paul Otellini trimmed about 5,000 jobs and received $14.4 million in compensation.

The report notes, “The $598 million combined compensation of the top 50 CEOs in our layoff leader survey could provide average unemployment benefits to 37,579 workers for an entire year – or nearly a month of benefits for each of the 531,363 workers their companies laid off.”

As I wrote in Hoodwinked, “When we examine the state of our economy – the shortage of businesses that produce real things that people need, the huge gap between rich and poor, the current national debt, and the exploitation of the many by a very few – we see a profile similar to that in the Third World.”

Our overall standards may be higher than in the Third Word; however, in relative terms the similarities are shocking. And each year, in fact each quarter, with every new report, the situation grows worse. The sad fact is that the rich get richer and the middle class is disappearing.

Some of the most shocking statistics that highlight the discrepancies are those around hunger. While the CEOs feast on caviar, nearly 17 million, or almost 1 in 4, American children are at risk of hunger. Those hungry children are the victims of bloated, unregulated, corporate Robber Barons who lay off workers (parents) for bottom line greed.


You and I can change the future for the better by taking action now. Demanding accountability and regulations that protect workers and stop the excessive payouts, golden parachutes and layoffs. A list of the companies is available at .

Please send emails to every company on that list that you patronize or are temped to patronize and tell them the you will NOT buy from them until they change their ways, until their executives are willing to reduce their compensation and hire back those fired workers. Only through expressing our discontent will we make a difference!

We must demand a completely new economic policy that benefits all not just the wealthiest in our country. It is up to you and me!


Many thanks and blessings,


John Perkins


Twitter: @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

Venezuela, Colombia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Wikileaks, BP, assassination squads – these are times that try our souls (to paraphrase Tom Paine). These are times that raise our ire. These are times for action!

I receive lots of emails about the subjects listed above. In recent days I have been inundated with emails from people who believe the U.S. is about to take action against the Chavez administration in Venezuela and that the action will appear as a grass-roots movement initiated in Colombia . Many ask me to speak out against this.

I have no inside information as to whether or not this is true but I do know that Washington was elated at the election of its puppet, Juan Manuel Santos, to the presidency of Colombia, by the agreement to establish seven new U.S. military bases on Colombian soil, and that “wars on drugs” are often supported by the CIA as a way of financing its own “Black Ops” and also as an excuse for donating US military aid to countries that then are required to purchase equipment made by the corporatocracy (this model was perfected by the British during the 1800s Opium Wars and further refined by the CIA in Asia’s Golden Triangle).

Many of my Latin American friends are convinced that the rising drug violence in Mexico is a response to the success of the Colombia drug wars – that it reflects the corporatocracy’s determination to take greater control over Mexico, and through it, Central America, and that it is manipulated by the CIA. I can not verify the validity of this theory but it would be not inconsistent with things I experienced as an economic hit man. The fact that so many people are so deeply suspicious of Washington’s motives sends a strong signal.

I am speaking out at every opportunity I have. On radio shows, at events where I lecture, and in my writings. I want to urge you to join me and to ask all your friends and your Facebook and Twitter connections to do so also. You and I have the power to prevent such actions – in Venezuela, Iran and throughout the world. We MUST exercise that power. These times are our testing ground.

The tired war machine that our country’s leaders revert to in order to promote long-term economic gain for just a few elite must cease.

I’m asking for your help and your participation in raising a storm. Pick an issue or issues – any of the ones listed at the beginning of this article, or others that draw on your personal passions. Please do all the following and together our voices will be heard:

1. Write to every blog you can about this and link to ones that battle corporatocracy
2. Write letters to your local newspapers
3. Send emails to your elected officials
4. Do not buy from BP, Exxon, Chevron/Texaco (destroyed large sections of the Amazon), or Shell (responsible for the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his companions in Congo). If you must buy gas, do it from Citgo; a Venezuela-owned corporation, it is also the only major oil company that finances education and health services to some of the world’s most impoverished people. Write emails to all these companies telling them why you are taking such actions.

We know that all the blustering of the Pentagon and White House over the Wikileaks disclosures is another indication that Washington is trying to cover up the crimes it commits in its rush toward resource domination. Rather than focusing on the real crimes committed by our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere and the need to bring the guilty parties to trial and assure that such acts are never repeated, the U.S. government directs its energy at ferreting out the whistleblowers.

What we have to do is stop being hoodwinked by the communications people who constantly try to thwart us from reacting to the real issues at hand. We must start demanding transparency in our government and corporations and in their dealings with other countries. We must not let the U.S. propaganda networks blind us with fear. We must not reengage the old war machine in order to create a false economic boost for our country and devastation for so many others.

These are times when the corporatocracy is attempting to consolidate its power. It is up to each and every one of us to stand firm against those attempts. A line is being drawn in the sand in places like Venezuela and Iran. By the attack on Wikileaks. And the crimes of BP. Please take my hand and step across that line with me. United we will stop the U.S. from marching further to the drum of corporatocracy imperialism.

Many thanks and blessings,


John Perkins


Twitter: @economic_hitman


Dear Friends,

Many of us are confronting huge shakeups in our lives — “shamanic deaths” or “dismemberments”. Whether encountering a major move, loss of income and security, life threatening illness, death of a loved one, shift in primary relationships – the familiar ways we know are dissolving.

This is equally true for the world at large. Our systems are collapsing. Violence escalates in our streets, third world dilemmas multiply, oil is filling the gulf, environmental and corporate atrocities mount, and the economy is still spinning out of control.

The events and books listed below are intended to help us deal with these crises — turning them into opportunities for change.

It’s not hard to imagine why these few years surrounding the mystique of 2012 are called the “End Times”. It’s easy to see how people can feel that the world is actually coming to an end.

But shamanic death and the Buddhist notion of “ego death” speak to the world AS WE KNOW IT ending. The threat – as well as the promise – of these times is for we humans to re-discover ourselves. These times force us to a deep place of vulnerability, yet also of mystery.

My co-facilitator, Llyn Roberts, and I invite you to join us on a grand adventure – that of re-creating ourselves and our world. Shamanic death and ego death are profound opportunities. New life awaits us. Now is the time for you and me to re-birth ourselves and each other.

Please join us for the life shifting events listed below as well as reading the newly released books authored by Dream Change colleagues.

The time is ripe — the time to embrace deep shifts of consciousness and act in life affirming ways to seed ecstasy on Planet Earth. We can do this, the mystery awaits…

From Our Hearts To Yours,

John Perkins


AUGUST 13-15 & 15-20, 2010 ~ Register Now!!!

Rhinebeck, NY

Join Llyn Roberts or John Perkins for a weekend program at Omega – SHAMANIC REIKI or SHAPESHIFTING CONSCIOUSNESS. Attendance at either (or at a previous qualifying workshop) qualifies you to join the 5-day intensive SHAPESHIFTING INTO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS with John and Llyn.


Rhinebeck, NY

Part One: Join Llyn and John for the all new apprenticeship program – MASTER HEALER AND SHAPESHIFTER APPRENTICESHIP – this program is offered exclusively at the Omega Institute. Part Two resumes at Omega in spring of 2011.


December 2-12, 2010

John Perkins and Llyn Roberts lead us on an amazing adventure deep in the Mayalands in Guatemala – SHAPESHIFT A NEW WORLD IN THE MAYALANDS – working with Maya medicine people and shamanically at ancient sacred sites to effect powerful shifts in consciousness during these changing times.


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Over 100 visionaries, artists, activists, scientists, environmentalists, educators and authors describe their ideal dream for humanity’s future.

SHAMANISM: THE JOURNEY BOOK by Robert Levy & Eve Bruce

Shamanic journeys that will empower you and strengthen your connection to the natural and spirit worlds – a guide through the doorways of alternate reality.


Unleash conscious feelings to re-make your life in ways that really matter. This book is ultimately about our connection with, and responsibility for, the fate of the Earth.


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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The Secret History of the American Empire


The World Is As You Dream It

Psychonavigation The Stress-Free Habit Spirit of the Shuar


Independence Day – July Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. (Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776)

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July with family and friends.

I also wanted to encourage you at this crucial time in our nation’s history to understand that our rights in this country come from the consent of the governed.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”,

Our planet shouts at us to take bold steps. Let us, the voters, the consumers, the ones whose children will have to live with the policies implemented right now, insist that our leaders show the courage to truly lead.

Most of us consider the legislation of rules and regulations to be the job of our elected officials. While technically this is true, those officials look to us to guide their decisions. As consumers, it is our job to let the corporations know that we want better controls. As voters, it is our responsibility to let demand legislations that protects us and our progeny from the types of abuses that are causing so much suffering around the planet today.

We have the power to make it happen. The only requirement: that we focus our individual passions and talents.

I also wanted to make sure I’ve addressed in this newsletter the many inquiries in regard to the recent news coverage on the minerals in Afghanistan and the U.S. involvement and position on the discovery. I’m including the full Huffington Post I wrote in regard to this mineral source.

Will U.S. Enslave Afghanistan With Discovery of Valuable Mineral Source?

By John Perkins

A little over a year ago, we were asked by the command and the Office of the Secretary, in collaboration with the U.S. embassy in Kabul, to begin assisting in an economic assessment of the state of Afghans’ economy. And the focus of that assessment was to assess the ability, or the long-term viability, of the Afghan economy. Well- publicized challenges there in terms of the Afghans being able to finance their own security, their own development. Obviously, the international community has stepped up in a tremendous way over the past several years, to provide everything from the security costs, but also just the base developmental costs associated with helping that war-torn country get back on its feet.

We began that work last summer. It continued through the fall. And as a part of that work, we began a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and, as a by-product of that partnership, became familiar with and then became actively involved with a(n) effort to understand the potential of the mineral wealth of Afghanistan and the challenges, which are many, to the Afghans in developing that resource in a socially and environmentally responsible way, but that would lead to economic sovereignty for the people of Afghanistan to give them the ability to pay for their own development and to pay for their own security, and to enable the eventual reduction of all of the investment the international community is making, but most importantly, the investment of the blood of our young men and women that is sacrificed there every day in an effort to secure the future of the Afghan people.

And so that’s where we are today. We’ve begun an active effort with the U.S. Geological Survey to fine-tune, understand, and to communicate and facilitate effective, socially and economically and environmentally responsible development of this mineral resource to support the economic — the economic sovereignty of Afghanistan.

(Excerpt from June 15, 2010 Briefing – June 10, Full transcript of Special Defense Department Briefing from the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia on Afghanistan minerals.)

It is difficult to imagine a government official speaking words like those above and being taken seriously — by any of our elected representatives, the media, or even by himself.

A reasonably well-informed citizen today already knows that such statements are lame excuses for exploitation. We know the corporatocracy always stands to benefit from the immense resources of countries we ear-mark for “foreign aid” and we know the route of debt enslavement to ensure that deep-pocket profits from the discovery of mineral wealth flow into the coffers of the multinationals.

It is estimated that Afghanistan possesses over $1 trillion in oil, gas, iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and lithium. Such announcements are tantamount to saying “our corporations want it all and they intend to take it.”

As I note in my book, Hoodwinked, since WWII, we have sculpted history’s first truly global empire. Instead of gladiators in camouflage suits (or in tandem with them, as is the case in Afghanistan), we send in con artists or Special Defense Department operatives laden with briefcases and computer models. They make pronouncements like the one quoted above. They then apply laser-sharp tools of economics to chisel away at precious minerals mined from the newly discovered resource target.

When I was an EHM, our corporations would identify a country that possessed resources considered vital, as well as strategic chunks of real estate. Then the EHMs shuttled off to convince the leaders of that country that what they needed were massive loans from the World Bank and its sister organizations; however, the money would not be dispensed directly to the targeted country- it would instead pay U.S. corporations to build infrastructure projects, such as power plants, harbors and industrial parks. “These will benefit you,” we assured the leaders,” and your friends” while all the while the real profits accrued to the perpetrators of this mutant form of predatory capitalism.

Those countries could not repay the loans; consequently, the EHMs returned with a new proposition. “We can fix everything. All you have to do is sell your oil (or other resources) cheap to our corporations, drop the environmental and labor laws, agree to never impose tariffs on U.S. goods, accept the trade barriers we want to erect around your markets and products, privatize your utilities, schools, and other public institutions..,” and on and on.

This highly profitable and corrupt system is already in place in Afghanistan and will continue its horrible march toward stripping the people of Afghanistan of one of the last resources and hopes that country has to break the stranglehold of poverty.

Will you and I allow this to happen? We know by now that if our system is dependent upon turning countless millions of children into financial slaves, the future for our children is bleak. We — you and I — must rebel against these policies. We must send emails, refuse to purchase products made from these resources, boycott the companies involved, and take to the streets if necessary . . . we simply must not allow these crimes against humanity and nature to continue!


I hope you’ll continue to read my books and you can also order our books through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Happy Early Father’s Day

Dear Friends,

Being a father has been one of the seminal events in my life and to have the joy of being a grandparent has just doubled the blessing. It has also made me even more aware of my responsibility to my grandson and his sisters and brothers around our precious planet.

All of us are anxiously waiting a fix to the devastating oil spill that BP created in one of our most environmentally fragile regions in North America. Let us also not forget the terrible destruction Chevron/Texaco caused in the Ecuadorian Amazon (as of this writing, more than 400 times the toxic wastes of the BP disaster), SHELL in the Congo, EXXON in Alaska, and all the other tragedies that result from drilling, mining, cutting, and dredging. As I frequently discuss in media interviews and public speeches, it is our job to be in a true relationship with the environment. Just as a father guides his children toward maturation, we must do the same for the environment. If we want to save our lands, forests, air, and water, we must dream actively of this better world.

While we encourage organic farmers and many types of companies to turn toward green technology, we still are not doing nearly enough. Every one of us must alter our dream, must continually re-create ourselves and the societies we form. We must rescue our dreams of this sustainable and just world from the clutches of sociopathic CEOs, public relations con artists, greed-driven corporate policies, and the form of predatory capitalism all of these promote.

When politicians run for office, they talk about “growing” the economy. What they usually mean is manufacturing houses, cars, appliances, computers, and other material products from cement, metal, plastic and other raw materials that are mined from the Earth, Pachamama . Such production consumes vast amounts of energy and causes unquantifiable pollution. We see how these processes then create huge trash piles of waste that are incompatible and harmful to the land and the water surrounding them.

Our Founding Fathers would call on us to revolt and battle the corporatocracy that has grown so selfish and greedy and so entrenched that it threatens the security of our nation, the entire planet, and indeed the very survival of our species and many other life-forms.

Now is the time for all fathers and mothers to parent our children to not only dream for a more sustainable and positive world, but to also demand it of ourselves and for future generations.

We can – and must — achieve this. I know you and I will continue working very hard to complete our journey to success.

I also want to share this new piece of extraordinary 2 min video with you. I’m constantly inspired by innovative ways to present ideas and had the great fortune of coming across this cartoon created by the folks at which so clearly presents our ideas in an original and unique fashion.

I hope you will check the cartoon link out and circulate it to your friends and peers as well. See the link here – .

I hope you’ll continue to read my books and you can also order our books through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

Please share this email with all your lists and please follow me on Twitter – @economic_hitman .

I’m also looking forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming speaking events. The list for all events can be found on my website – as well as on my Facebook Fan Page – John Perkins Author .

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Peace Begets Peace

Dear Friends, I know all of you continue to work for a peaceful world and I thank you for all you’re doing. I wanted to send you this piece, “An Ode to Mother’s Day: Peace Begets Peace,” and hope you will find it meaningful.

“An Ode to Mother’s Day: Peace Begets Peace” By John Perkins

We’re in the midst of a war in our country and it’s our job to re-engineer the world for peace. Our narrow-minded attitudes and the resultant policies foment violence, rebellions, and wars. In the long run, almost no one benefits from attacking the people we label as “terrorists.” With one glaring exception: the corporatocracy.

By the time this newsletter has posted I’ve celebrated Mother’s Day with my wife, daughter and son-in-law, and our grandson. If ever there is a time in our history to celebrate mothers, this is the time. Mothers are a true force when it comes to protecting their children. What’s interesting is that mothers will go to the same great lengths to protect their children from war.

Many know “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was penned by Julia Ward Howe in 1862, but how many know that in 1870 Howe, who had become a suffragist and pacifist, also called for a Mothers Day for Peace through her “Mother’s Day Proclamation.” Part of that proclamation says:

“We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

There are some who credit Howe for creating the beginnings to what is now commonly known as Mother’s Day. One only has to be reminded of the brave Cindy Sheehan and other mothers who marched with her to stop the war. Images of mothers beside their lost children in morgues in Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and the United States are now a daily occurrence. Websites like and many similar ones present an endless and shocking display of proof of how terror begets terror.

It is through a mother’s eye that every man, woman and child can see those images and understand a deeper pain and truth behind war — for all sides involved. Benjamin Franklin said, “There was never a good war or a bad peace.”

What if we stop waiting for our leaders to create the peace we want? What if we all again took each other’s hands and raised them together for peace instead of war? What if we made it a daily occurrence to march for peace, a daily demand for soldiers to come home again to their mothers and their wives and their children?

As we leave this last Mother’s Day behind, let’s commit to practicing peace. Let’s celebrate the next Mother’s Day by proving that peace begets peace. Will you join me?

HOODWINKED (Random House) is available in all the stores. You can order the book through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

Please share this email with all your lists and please follow me on Twitter – @economic_hitman .

I’m also looking forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming speaking events. The list for all events can be found on my website – as well as on my Facebook Fan Page – John Perkins Author .

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Celebrate Earth Day – The world can be as you dream it…

Dear Friends,

Earth Day, for those of you who might not be aware, is Thursday, April 22nd. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day gives us an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on how we can all come together and build a sustainable world.

I will be blogging as part of the Earth Day network and encourage each of you to hit the Earth Day Network site and see how you can participate in this wonderful celebration as well – .

I have recently been in contact with Chevy and Jayni Chase and have become a proud supporter of the newly founded Green Community Schools program – I note in this newsletter later how much my 7th grade teacher meant in my life and I think it’s vital that we enable and empower our youth to have the best schools possible with which to dream their lives.

I hope that you will visit the site – and join their Facebook page – and follow them on Twitter – .

In my books, “The World Is As You Dream It” and “Shapeshifting” as well as “Hoodwinked,” I detail my own journey of dreaming and believing in more than what the modern media tell us is true.

While we face a multitude of obstacles with the economic downturn: ongoing wars, job losses and environmental crisis, I prefer to have hope.

I feel incredibly optimistic when I hold my grandson in my arms. Holding him reminds me of the power of dreams and children. As infants we enjoy an intimacy with everything around us; tiny stones, butterflies, flowers, birds, animals (both stuffed and real). We live in a world of beauty and imagination. Ecstasy comes easily. We feel at one with nature and the realm of dreams. As adults we mistakenly begin to put this type of knowing behind us.

The Native North American shaman, John Fire Lame Deer, writes in his book, Lame Deer, Sioux Medicine Man (London Quartet, 1980, p.157) , “They have forgotten the secret knowledge of their dreams. They don’t use knowledge the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere – a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big, empty hole which they’ll find at the end, waiting to swallow them up.”

As my seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Simpson, told me so many years ago, “Dreams do come true, you know.” She was referring to day time “dreams”, our conscious aspirations, as well as the night-time ones.

The secret knowledge described by Lame Deer is no secret to most of the people we erroneously refer to as “primitive.” Throughout the world, these people understand the power of dreams. When we honor our dreams we empower ourselves. In all the places I’ve traveled — Asia, Europe, Himalayas, South and Central America — in the company of so many indigenous teachers/dreamers, I have learned the power of dreams. These guides have taught me that all power, dreams, energy, balance, and health originate in the Earth. If we are to survive as a species we must set as our highest priority the preservation of Earth herself.

As you know I founded the organization Dream Change – , a world wide grass roots movement of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds that is dedicated to shifting consciousness and promoting sustainable lifestyles for the individual and the global community. The objective of inspiring earth-honoring changes in consciousness is accomplished through programs that educate and foster environmental and social balance. DC was originated to encourage new ways of living.

With Dream Change’s Director and my co-workshop facilitator Llyn Roberts, I’ve taken groups of people to many different places and been blessed at every turn in living my dreams while fully awake. Every culture on this planet believes in the incredible wisdom of dreams or comes from a heritage that once believed in this. Dreaming — setting our positive intents — and then taking actions to materialize them are the most powerful things we do in life.

Individual dreams affect the courses of our lives; collective dreams determine the futures of civilizations.

I’m determined to spend the rest of my life dreaming and working toward a just, sustainable and peaceful world for my grandson. I believe we can restore rainforests, polluted lakes, promote sustainable energy, and help the world’s starving people feed themselves.

The choice does not lie with our political leadership, no matter what the party.

The choice and dream is ours to create and we are up to the challenge.

Llyn Roberst SHAMANIC REIKI (O Books), along with my latest book, HOODWINKED (Random House), is available through all the stores.

You can also order our books through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

Please share this newsletter with all your lists and please follow me on Twitter – @economic_hitman .

I’m also looking forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming speaking events. The list for all events can be found on my website – as well as on my Facebook Fan Page – John Perkins Author .

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Don’t Let the Robber Barons Fool You

Dear Friends,

I thought it might be timely on April Fool’s Day to talk about the foolish status of our modern day celebrity and robber baron fascination.

As I write in Hoodwinked, we’ve made icons out of the likes of Donald Trump, a ruthless real estate developer who publicly glorifies the firing and humiliation of people on TV.

During this ratings season millions tune in to see Trumps’ glee of firing fellow celebs on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and Trump just announced (APWire, March 18, 2010) the next season is already in filming. The AP story cites, “Trump’s revived Apprentice will recruit candidates who have lost their jobs, are stuck with jobs they don’t like to just get by or have finished college with no offers in sight.”

Trump has been quoted as saying, “You can’t be emotional in business; it will flat out kill you.”

So, while we Americans are out of work, hungry, angry, and disempowered, this might be the perfect opportunity for all of us to take a good hard look at these so-called celebrities and icons that we prop up and, by association, expect future generations to emulate.

During the past four decades we the people have sent a strong message of support to the modern equivalent of the robber barons. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, is a prime example. He eliminated over 100,000 jobs at his company while taking huge bonuses and raises. He fought New York state, vehemently opposing environmental regulations that would have cleaned up the Hudson River and protected the lives of his own employees. By shifting GE from primarily manufacturing to financial services, he was a major driving force behind the U.S, economy’s unhealthy transformation from production to paper.

When I speak to young students and at MBA conferences, I say, “If you want to honor Jack Welch, give him credit for being one of the chief architects of our current environmental and economic crisis.”

We plaster the faces of billionaires on the covers of our magazines and praise them for donating fortunes to charities without bothering to point out that they made many times those fortunes by beating down their competitors. We watch shows about the rich and famous and in so doing, send messages to our children that they should aspire to living in mansions and traveling in private jets – regardless of how much environmental and social havoc is caused in the process.

Do we really want our future generations to embrace the horrible message of the bumper sticker, “He who dies with the most toys wins”?

The truth, we all know, is that 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.

I believe that every one of us can change this by making our own demands on the media. We can demand that the prime media outlets cover how men and women live their lives meaningfully. Men and women who found non-profits, work tirelessly in aiding others, and don’t ever base their success on a bottom-line profit margin for shareholders.

What if we all boycotted these shows? Celebrity Apprentice, American Idol, and other similar ones during this season? And wrote emails demanding they stop producing these shows? It is really very simple. Here, for example, is the link for NBC - .

This month I encourage you to tweet out, Facebook message, and email the corporate entities in media and tell them we’ve had enough of CELEBRITY. Use their Twitter profile (eg – , and post your message to your followers. NO MORE ROBBER BARON CELEBRITIES.

This April Fool’s Day let’s expose the fools. And let’s not allow ourselves or our children to be fooled any more!

Hoodwinked (Random House) is available in all the stores. You can order the book through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

And I know I have mentioned the film “Crude”, an amazing and beautifully filmed documentary about the critical lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian people in the Amazon against Texaco/Chevron. A MUST SEE! I wanted to note that it is now available on DVD through .

I’m also looking forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming speaking events. The list for all events can be found on my website – as well as on my Facebook Fan Page – John Perkins Author .

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Politicians Will Not Change the World

Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked how I feel about the Obama administration . . .

In short: the fact that we moved from a conservative Republican oilman from Texas to a liberal Democratic African American from Illinois, and yet change plods along at a snail’s pace – if at all – is a confirmation of what I discuss in detail in my “HOODWINKED.”

Our president has little real power.

In recent years, geopolitics have shifted; the corporatocracy rules.

Democrats and Republicans alike fall under the thumb of the multinational corporations.

We have entered a time of realignment not unlike that when city states joined together to form nations. Except this time it is global; countries are becoming less relevant. The emerging rulers are corporate CEOs, members of the corporatocracy.

Like huge clouds swirling around the globe, their conglomerates reach every continent, country, and village. They are unrestricted by national borders or any particular sets of law. Although many are headquartered in the United States and call upon the U.S. military to protect their interests, they feel no sense of loyalty to any one country. They form partnerships with the Chinese and the Taiwanese, with the Israeli and Arab nations, with Brazilians, Australians, Russians, Indonesians, Congolese—with anyone who possesses resources or offers markets they covet. As we have seen with Halliburton, they think nothing of relocating to places like Dubai, where they pay fewer taxes.

They hire a vast army of lobbyists who influence every politician in Washington and every other capital. They either own the mainstream media or control it through their advertising budgets.

The good news: for the first time in history this new empire has been created not by military force, but through the sale of goods and services. And the marketplace is democratic—once we decide to see it as such. It is the ultimate polling booth. Corporations exist only because we vote for them in their stores, at the malls, and over the Internet.

It is up to us to decide which companies will succeed and which ones will fail.

Politicians will not change the world, because they are beholden to the big corporations. AND the corporations are dependent upon you and me.

About a hundred fifty years ago we as a nation voted for Abraham Lincoln, and then we fought a Civil War to get rid of slavery. Later our women picketed Woodrow Wilson everywhere he went over women’s suffrage; they would not allow him to send troops into WWI to defend democracy in Europe “until we women enjoy democracy here at home.” We held teach-ins for Richard Nixon to educate him and the country on the travesty that had become the Vietnam War. We won those struggles, because we the people forced our leaders to change. In recent decades, we forced corporations to clean up polluted rivers, do away with ozone layer destroying aerosols, and remove trans fats from our foods.

Today, we the people are called upon to speak again. When we impact bottom lines, we change stock prices and attract the attention of boards of directors. Those boards influence the decisions made in the halls of legislatures.

We must not look to President Obama to change the world. We must do it – we must force those in control to adopt a new goal for the people of our planet: creating a sustainable, just, and peaceful world for all who live on this special space-station we call home.

Perhaps President Obama’s greatest gift to us will be that he taught us a lesson in democracy. We the people must take charge. We cannot look to a president to change the world. It is up to each of us to do it.

I thank you for your continued support of my work and my books.

HOODWINKED (Random House) is available in all the stores.

You can order the book through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

I hope you’ll also take time to listen to this recent interview I did with Wayne Hurlbert of – .

And I know I have mentioned the film “Crude”, an amazing and beautifully filmed documentary about the critical lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian people in the Amazon against Texaco/Chevron. A MUST SEE! I wanted to note that it is now available on DVD through

I’m also looking forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming speaking events.

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


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Shapeshifting Buddha Workshop Open

Dear Friends,

Llyn Roberts and I hope you will join us at “The Shapeshifting Buddha” workshop March 5-7 at Rowe Conference Center in Rowe Massachusetts.

This is an exciting opportunity to shamanically work with Buddhist principles and deities. You will heal and become more wakeful in an intimate, wonderfully powerful, rural setting.

View, and sign up for the workshop, at Rowe’s website, . Or email or call 413-339-4954. There is still time to register, but space at this beautiful center is limited.

I hope to see you there.


New York Times Bestselling Author of “Hoodwinked”

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Dear friends,

I’m truly enjoying being in touch with so many of you through this book tour and book signings. I hope you’ll continue to come to the talks and I’m always happy to see you.

In case there is not a book signing near you, I hope that you’ll take time to check out the two new interviews that are up on our website – .

I feel very blessed because I know there is so much we will all accomplish in the next decade. With the new green economy we are on the verge of crafting a global marketplace with far-reaching implications.

The heartfelt commitment of consumers and activists will be the new tipping point for change in the world even while the politicians on both sides of the aisle try to divert our attention with their bickering and one-sidedness.

And while there are those in our country who would have us believe our country can only be safe by focusing on war , terrorism and building armies, I know that homeland security will become a reality only when we accept the entire planet as our homeland.

I continue to be grateful for all you’re doing to support my work and my latest book, HOODWINKED (Random House). Each month for those of you who post a review on Amazon and send us a link to it at the account, we will enter your email into a drawing for a signed copy of the book as well.

You can also go to , to purchase the book and a percentage of the sales price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

HOODWINKED is by far the most important book I have written.

Please share this email with all your lists and please follow me on Twitter @economic_hitman .

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins


Dear Friends,

This economic meltdown is not a fluke.

It had to happen to shake us awake.

An economic system where less than 5% of the world’s population (us in the U.S.) consumes more than 25% of the resources is not a viable model. It can not be replicated in China, India, Africa, or Latin America.

It is a failure.

We must change it.

That is why I wrote my latest book HOODWINKED. It describes the deep underlying causes of the current crises and provides a blueprint for change, for creating a world our children will want to inherit.

HOODWINKED describes in detail the Mamoni Valley Preserve and Junglewood projects and advocates these as models for a new form of capitalism – one that promotes a sustainable and just world.

HOODWINKED (Random House) will be in bookstores Nov 10, 2009, but I urge you to pre-order today.

You can pre-order through your favorite Internet shop – although if you go through , a % of the sale price will be contributed to the nonprofit I founded nearly 20 years ago.

HOODWINKED is by far the most important book I have written.

And please join me on Twitter – @economic­_hitman.

A more detailed description is below.

Many thanks and blessings,

John Perkins



An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded

And What We Need to Do to Remake Them


John Perkins

Bestselling author of


Former economic hit man John Perkins has experienced today’s economic collapse before. The banking industry and sub-prime mortgage fiascos, the rising tide of unemployment, and the shuttering of businesses are all too familiar in the Third World countries where he worked. He was both an observer and a perpetrator of events that have now sent the US – in fact the entire planet – spiraling toward disaster.

The real cause of our global financial meltdown is what Perkins calls predatory capitalism – the mutant form of an economic system that encourages widespread exploitation of the few to benefit a small number of already very wealthy people. A new geo-politics has emerged; today the CEOs of big corporations, rather than governments, control human and natural resources around the globe, as well as politicians and the media. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to the perilous edge. The solutions will not be “return to normal ones”.

There is a way out. “Unlike other empires,” Perkins says, “this one is not built primarily on the back of the military. It is subtle, market-based, and it depends on our voluntary choices. We hold the power – if we only recognize it.” Hoodwinked provides a blueprint for creating an economy that fosters a sustainable, just, and peaceful world for us and our children. It offers concrete actions each and every one of us can take.

John Perkins is the bestselling author of the classic expose Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and an economist who has enjoyed a front-row seat to world events for the past four decades—as the Chief Economist of a major consulting firm and economic hit man for the American corporatocracy in the 1970s, CEO of an energy company in the 1980s, and founder of nonprofits in the 1990s and 2000s. He spent the past 5 years traveling across the US and to many other countries where he met with government and corporate leaders, spoke at universities and business conferences, dialogued with people from all walks of life, and gained invaluable insights into the underlying causes of the current crisis. Now, in Hoodwinked, he shares those experiences, along with in-depth analysis, and the exciting stories about economic hit men, rogue politicians, and the secret world of CIA-sponsored jackals similar to ones readers thrilled to in Confessions.

John Perkins has been in and out of the world of high finance and low ethics, and in HOODWINKED he not only illuminates that world with dramatic stories and keen insights, but suggests what we might do to create a better society.

– Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and retired professor of Political Science at Boston University

Another thriller from the master storyteller with an insider view. Perkins takes us once again into the dark nether world of corrupt bankers and economic hit men who lure the unsuspecting into financial ruin and reveals the connection between the folks who for decades enriched themselves at the expense of the world’s poor and those who now reap billions at the expense of America. Same people, same scams.

David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning, and board chair of YES! magazine.

John Perkins’ engaging narrative draws us into a brilliant analysis of capitalism’s shadow side, and points us to a hopeful path to a better future.

Hoodwinked is a must-read for anyone who cares about our economic welfare, social justice, and our collective well-being.

– Daniel Goleman, author of Ecological Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence


From John Perkins

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Dear Friends,

Climate Change is uniting the world.

For the first time in history, all humans on this planet – in fact all life forms – face the same catastrophes. Hurricanes in the US, earthquakes in Peru, and tsunamis in Indonesia are relatively localized. But our man-made crises are global. World-wide, our resources diminish at accelerating rates, prices of essentials skyrocket, populations explode, plants and animals go extinct, and violence reaches epidemic proportions. Above all, we have GLOBAL climate change.

And we are all aware of it. Across the planet, we share this information – over cell phones and the Internet.

The knowledge that we are changing our climate has taught us that our home is a space station without shuttles to fly us to safety.

In HOODWINKED I write: “As I stood at the side of the road (in Tibet), staring at that glacier, I thought about the river systems that flow out of the Himalayas: the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Mekong, and Yangtze. They provide water to billions of people. The glaciers that serve as their wombs—their reservoirs—are disappearing rapidly, due to global warming.”

We may well lament what we have done. But we can learn from our mistakes. We must turn our folly into an asset.

We must stop climate change. Today this newsletter and blog post is part of BlogActionDay – , I hope you’ll visit the site and read more about what you can do.

And let’s also be inspired by the fact that climate change has united us. Focus that inspiration in ways that propel us to new levels of consciousness. And commit our energies to creating a sustainable and just world for ourselves and our children

Past news…


Speaking of Democracy, Honduras, and President Obama. . .

In writing my new book Hoodwinked (Random House, Nov 2009 publication date), I recently visited Central America. Everyone I talked with there was convinced that the military coup that had overthrown the democratically-elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, had been engineered by two US companies, with CIA support. And that the US and its new president were not standing up for democracy.

Earlier in the year Chiquita Brands International Inc. (formerly United Fruit) and Dole Food Co had severely criticized Zelaya for advocating an increase of 60% in Honduras’s minimum wage, claiming that the policy would cut into corporate profits. They were joined by a coalition of textile manufacturers and exporters, companies that rely on cheap labor to work in their sweatshops.

Memories are short in the US, but not in Central America. I kept hearing people who claimed that it was a matter of record that Chiquita (United Fruit) and the CIA had toppled Guatemala’s democratically-elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 and that International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT), Henry Kissinger, and the CIA had brought down Chile’s Salvador Allende in 1973. These people were certain that Haiti’s president Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been ousted by the CIA in 2004 because he proposed a minimum wage increase, like Zelaya’s.

I was told by a Panamanian bank vice president, “Every multinational knows that if Honduras raises its hourly rate, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean will have to follow. Haiti and Honduras have always set the bottom line for minimum wages. The big companies are determined to stop what they call a ‘leftist revolt’ in this hemisphere. In throwing out Zelaya they are sending frightening messages to all the other presidents who are trying to raise the living standards of their people.”

It did not take much imagination to envision the turmoil sweeping through every Latin American capital. There had been a collective sign of relief at Barack Obama’s election in the U.S., a sense of hope that the empire in the North would finally exhibit compassion toward its southern neighbors, that the unfair trade agreements, privatizations, draconian IMF Structural Adjustment Programs, and threats of military intervention would slow down and perhaps even fade away. Now, that optimism was turning sour.

The cozy relationship between Honduras’s military coup leaders and the corporatocracy were confirmed a couple of days after my arrival in Panama. England’s The Guardian ran an article announcing that “two of the Honduran coup government’s top advisers have close ties to the US secretary of state. One is Lanny Davis, an influential lobbyist who was a personal lawyer for President Bill Clinton and also campaigned for Hillary. . . The other hired gun for the coup government that has deep Clinton ties is (lobbyist) Bennett Ratcliff.” (1)

DemocracyNow! broke the news that Chiquita was represented by a powerful Washington law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and its consultant, McLarty Associates (2). President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had been a Covington partner and a defender of Chiquita when the company was accused of hiring “assassination squads” in Colombia (Chiquita was found guilty, admitting that it had paid organizations listed by the US government as terrorist groups “for protection” and agreeing in 2004 to a $25 million fine). (3) George W. Bush’s UN Ambassador, John Bolton, a former Covington lawyer, had fiercely opposed Latin American leaders who fought for their peoples’ rights to larger shares of the profits derived from their resources; after leaving the government in 2006, Bolton became involved with the HYPERLINK “”Project for the New American Century, the HYPERLINK “”Council for National Policy, and a number of other programs that promote corporate hegemony in Honduras and elsewhere. McLarty Vice Chairman John Negroponte was U.S. Ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985, former Deputy Secretary of State, Director of National Intelligence, and U.S. Representative to the United Nations; he played a major role in the U.S.-backed Contra’s secret war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government and has consistently opposed the policies of the democratically-elected pro-reform Latin American presidents. (4) These three men symbolize the insidious power of the corporatocracy, its bipartisan composition, and the fact that the Obama Administration has been sucked in.

The Los Angeles Times went to the heart of this matter when it concluded:

What happened in Honduras is a classic Latin American coup in another sense: Gen. Romeo Vasquez, who led it, is an alumnus of the United States’ School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). The school is best known for producing Latin American officers who have committed major human rights abuses, including military coups. (5)

All of this leads us once again to the inevitable conclusion: you and I must change the system. The president – whether Democrat or Republican – needs us to speak out.

Chiquita, Dole and all your representatives need to hear from you. Zelaya must be reinstated.

“Who’s in charge of US foreign policy? The coup in Honduras has exposed divisions between Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton” by Mark Weisbrot
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(3) “Chiquita admits to paying Colombia terrorists: Banana company agrees to $25 million fine for paying AUC for protection” MSNBC March 15, 2007 HYPERLINK “” (July 24, 2009)
(4) Fore more information: HYPERLINK “” (July 23, 2009)
(5) “The high-powered hidden support for Honduras’ coup: The country’s rightful president was ousted by a military leadership that takes many of its cues from Washington insiders.” by Mark Weisbrot, Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2009
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