While it is distressing to read of the American kleptocracy’s rape of Third World countries to satisfy its own greed, it is encouraging to learn that John Perkins, who was one of the U.S.’s “economic hit men,” underwent a moral conversion and rectified his life [“An Offer They Can’t Refuse,” interview by Pat MacEnulty, September 2005]. It must have taken great courage for him to write Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, which tells how the system needs to be changed if the U.S. is once more to be respected around the globe. This surely won’t happen until after the 2008 election, and maybe not even then, as the most likely candidates for the presidency are known not for their integrity, but for their ability to raise money.
Could someone please organize a political party with John Perkins as the presidential candidate? His honest and moral vision of how our country should behave would be a welcome change for a disillusioned citizenry.