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By John Perkins
Join me in Colombia this December and in Guatemala in January. Details below.
Greece is being told it owes the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund more money than it can possibly pay. This is a familiar story, especially to anyone who has heard me talk about my background as an Economic Hit Man (EHM) many years ago. In the wake of irresponsible and exploitive deals and overwhelming debt, innocent people are left to pay the price for years to come.
I’ve actually talked about Greece specifically, in the not very distant past: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26112-an-economic-hit-man-speaks-out-john-perkins-on-how-greece-has-fallen-victim-to-economic-hit-men
That interview may have been a bit of prophecy, but really this is all going according to plan, the corporatocracy’s plan. As I said then, “so to a certain degree what’s been going on in Europe has been because the corporatocracy wants Europe to fail, at least on a certain level.” If Europe fails, the corporatocracy – the big corporations and organizations that try to run the world – have the upper hand with the ability to take money, resources, and power while giving little in return.
The Eurozone, an economic and currency bloc or alliance, has 19 members, but this Greek fiasco may leave them one short. The deadline for a $1.8 billion loan payment to the IMF meant that Greece closed their banks for 6 days, after only allowing citizens to withdraw only $66 a day for a period of time. Leaving the Eurozone cuts Greece off from its financial resources and forces her citizens to pay the price for her leaders’ decisions.
Blackmail, bribery, and accusations of all manner of wrongdoing are being thrown around during the negotiations for Greece’s economic future. The debate has become personal, full of vitriol and betrayal. This kind of uproar is straight out of the corporatocracy’s play book as a distraction from what they are doing behind the scenes. As politicians posture ineffectively, the EHMs have done their jobs quietly, leaving a beleaguered nation of citizens paying the price for corporatocracy crimes.
This was my message to the people of Greece last September and one I repeat to Prime Minister Alexis Tsigras, who is fighting to end austerity and improve the fortunes of his countrymen: “And so, I would encourage the Greek people to continue to do this. Don’t accept this criticism that it’s your fault, you’re to blame, you’ve got to suffer austerity, austerity, austerity. That only works for the rich people; it does not work for the average person or the middle class. Build up that middle class; bring employment back; bring disposable income back to the average citizen of Greece. Fight for that; make it happen; stand up for your rights; respect your history as fighters and leaders in democracy, and show the world!”
Other nations, including the US, should take a lesson from Greece’s precarious circumstances. This situation is not an accident, and the outcome is not likely to be favorable to the people who should matter the most. We must call for our officials to stand against the economic hit men and the horribly skewed “deals” they offer in order to protect our future. I support Tsipras, who is fighting to end austerity and improve the fortunes of his countrymen.
If I were Greek, I’d vote “No!” on the referendum.
A Journey to the Land of Transformation:
The Mountains, Jungles & Caribbean Coast of Colombia
Shapeshifting Ourselves and the World with John Perkins and Daniel Koupermann
December 4th – 13th, 2015
John and Daniel will be leading a transformative trip to Colombia as 2015 winds to a close. Colombia is known as the “keystone” to Latin America – the birthplace of ancient traditions and harbinger for hope. It is where John Perkins learned the lessons of an Economic Hit Man in the 1970s. Today it is leading the way to healing the wounds that cause environmental devastation, economic and social upheaval, and terrorism. Please see the Trip page for a full itinerary and registration details.
A Journey to the Lands of the Maya: Guatemala
Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness with John Perkins and Daniel Koupermann
January 15th – 22nd, 2016
John and Daniel will be leading a trip to the sacred sites of Guatemala in January (Please visit the trip page for dates and Itinerary). John and Mayan shamans will facilitate magical life-changing fire ceremonies. You will learn how to apply “shapeshifting” approaches, elevate yourself to higher states of consciousness, and transform yourself and the world around you.
For information about making a deposit to reserve your space for either or both of these trips, please contact Linda Leyerle at [email protected]