The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Author: John Perkins
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1626566763
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, home to the US. Over 40 percent of the book is new, including chapters identifying today's EHMs and a detailed chronology extensively documenting EHM activity since the first edition was published in 2004. Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else—to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools—false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power—are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs—bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others—“con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.” But as dark as the story gets, this reformed EHM also provides hope. Perkins offers a detailed list of specific actions each of us can take to transform what he calls a failing Death Economy into a Life Economy that provides sustainable abundance for all.

Conversion in Late Antiquity Christianity Islam and Beyond

Author: Arietta Papaconstantinou
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317159721
Format: PDF, Docs
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The papers in this volume were presented at a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar held at the University of Oxford in 2009-2010, which sought to investigate side by side the two important movements of conversion that frame late antiquity: to Christianity at its start, and to Islam at the other end. Challenging the opposition between the two stereotypes of Islamic conversion as an intrinsically violent process, and Christian conversion as a fundamentally spiritual one, the papers seek to isolate the behaviours and circumstances that made conversion both such a common and such a contested phenomenon. The spread of Buddhism in Asia in broadly the same period serves as an external comparator that was not caught in the net of the Abrahamic religions. The volume is organised around several themes, reflecting the concerns of the initial project with the articulation between norm and practice, the role of authorities and institutions, and the social and individual fluidity on the ground. Debates, discussions, and the expression of norms and principles about conversion conversion are not rare in societies experiencing religious change, and the first section of the book examines some of the main issues brought up by surviving sources. This is followed by three sections examining different aspects of how those principles were - or were not - put into practice: how conversion was handled by the state, how it was continuously redefined by individual ambivalence and cultural fluidity, and how it was enshrined through different forms of institutionalization. Finally, a topographical coda examines the effects of religious change on the iconic holy city of Jerusalem.

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal

Author: Terence Ball
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317232356
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal analyzes and compares political ideologies to help readers understand individual ideologies, and the concept of ideology, from a political science perspective. This best-selling title promotes open-mindedness and develops critical thinking skills. It covers a wide variety of political ideologies from the traditional liberalism and conservatism to recent developments in identity politics, green politics, and radical Islamism. NEW TO THIS EDITION An expanded account of the right to vote and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. A new section on "fusionist" conservatism that attempts to ally different kinds of conservatives. A discussion of Putin’s post-Soviet expansion of Russia’s territory and influence, the apparent rebirth of "Mao Zedong thought" in China, and the ideology of Juche in North Korea. Coverage of "democratic socialism" in the context of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Updates on fascism past and present. A more in-depth account of the origins of black liberation and a discussion of the new "Black Lives Matter" movement. New directions in feminist theory and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. An account of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on the environment and humans’ duty to protect it. An expanded discussion of radical Islamism, especially with regard to the varieties of Islamism, the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), and the effects of recent terrorist attacks on national and international politics. Discussion questions added to the end of each chapter. Additional graphs and photos throughout. An updated, author-written Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank.

F r Gott und den Profit

Author: Samuel Gregg
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 3451819708
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Samuel Gregg erzählt die faszinierende Geschichte eines allmählich sich entwickelnden Verständnisses der produktiven und wohlstandschaffenden Funktion des Geldes – der Einsicht also, wie Geld zu Kapital wird. Sie ist auch die Geschichte der allmählichen Überwindung des ursprünglich vorchristlich-antiken Misstrauens gegenüber Geldverleih, Spekulation und Handel und deren Versöhnung mit der Aufgabe des Schutzes und der Fürsorge für die Ärmsten und Schwächsten. Der Autor hebt einen Schatz, der für eine Ethik des Finanzwesens aus christlicher Sicht neue und überraschende Perspektiven eröffnet sowie manche kritische Anfragen an heutige Praktiken der Finanzwirtschaft in einem neuen Licht erscheinen lässt – insbesondere auch die oft problematische Rolle des Staates und gesetzlicher Regulierungen. Ein besonderes Anliegen des Buches ist es auch, die aktuelle Relevanz zentraler Prinzipien der christlichen Soziallehre wie des Gemeinwohlprinzips und des Prinzips der allgemeinen Bestimmung der Güter mit dem ebenso von der christlichen Tradition hochgehaltenen Prinzip des Privateigentums als Grundlage einer humanen Gesellschaft und einer funktionierenden, für alle Wohlstand schaffenden Ökonomie herauszuarbeiten. Auch hier gelangt Samuel Gregg zu Aussagen, die manchen vielleicht überraschen werden. Er zeigt, weshalb gerade heutige Geld- und Kapitalmärkte, trotz Missbräuchen und menschlichen Fehlverhaltens, das effizienteste Instrument sind, um die Güter dieser Erde für alle Menschen nutzbar zu machen – insbesondere und gerade für die Ärmsten dieser Welt –, und dass genau darin für Christen, die in der Finanzwirtschaft tätig sind, auch die eigentliche und positive Herausforderung liegt. Dieses packend geschriebene Buch zwingt dazu, manches Vorurteil zu revidieren und neu darüber nachzudenken, was im konkreten Fall richtig oder falsch, gut oder böse ist.