Foreign Affairs

2-minute video: Best-selling Chief Economist explains criminal US foreign policy

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I previously shared an interview with the "Economic Hitman," John Perkins; a former Chief Economist and multi-Bestselling author. The sharpest video for what Perkins has to say is this widely-viewed and well-animated two-minute version on the left.

My conclusions of political and economic work over the last 30 years is that Perkins' explanation of US foreign policy interest to exploit developing countries rather than help them is accurate and why US political leadership chooses to not empower developing countries. Perkins' work is also supported by the explanations of IMF and World Bank Chief Economists Simon Johnson (bestselling author and now at MIT) and Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel laureate, bestselling author, and at Columbia).

Here’s my 30 years’ experience for your thoughtful consideration:

Is There Still a Terrorist Threat?

John Mueller, Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University and the author of "The Remnants of War", in an article at Foreign Affairs, explores the overstated nature of the terror threat. His article,
Is There Still a Terrorist Threat?, asks:

"But if it is so easy to pull off an attack and if terrorists are so demonically competent, why have they not done it? Why have they not been sniping at people in shopping centers, collapsing tunnels, poisoning the food supply, cutting electrical lines, derailing trains, blowing up oil pipelines, causing massive traffic jams, or exploiting the countless other vulnerabilities that, according to security experts, could so easily be exploited?

One reasonable explanation is that almost no terrorists exist in the United States and few have the means or the inclination to strike from abroad. But this explanation is rarely offered."

He also has a book coming out in November, called Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them.