You hear stories about them: The military contractors, the private armies, the paracapitalist danger boys. Sometimes they're portrayed as heroes in action movies. But John Perkins used to be one of them, albeit a business-oriented one, not a missile-launching one, and he wrote a book about the experience called Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Ugh. We'd all like to ignore them, but the wiser we get about the unsavory systems that use them to keep the little guy down, the better. At this talk, the author, (who also wrote The Secret History of the American Empire) also offers some of his ideas for making things more equitable.
Tue., June 3, 6:30 p.m., 2008