Free Thought Discussion

The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at: brownofmtnview@gmail.com.

Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote the first Wednesday of each month to discussion of current news events, and, on the other evenings, discussions tend to be wide-ranging, centered about, but not exclusively about, the chosen book.  The word “group” is often used but does not imply that you have to join formally in any sense. Visitors are welcome. Just show up—the more the merrier!

The current book we are reading is “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins, 2015 about 330 pages.

Book Description
This is an updated version of the original book, published in 2004. It features 15 explosive new chapters, this new edition of the New York Times bestseller brings the story of Economic Hit Men up-to-date and, chillingly, home to the U. S.―but it also gives us hope and the tools to fight back.
See the link below for much more about this book on Amazon.
About the Author
John Perkins worked from 1971 to 1981 for an international consulting firm as a chief economist and manager of economics and regional planning but, in reality, was an economic hit man, a role he kept secret until the events of 9/11 convinced him to expose his past.
From Amazon:

“Mr. Perkins’s core message is that American corporations and government agencies employ two types of operatives: ‘economic hit men,’ who bribe emerging economies, and ‘jackals,’ who may be used to overthrow or even murder heads of state in Latin America and the Middle East to serve the greater cause of American empire. . . . [This} book seems to have tapped into a larger vein of discontent and mistrust that Americans feel toward the ties that bind together corporations, large lending institutions and the government — a nexus that Mr. Perkins and others call the ‘corporatocracy.’”
—The New York Times

For more info See: https://www.amazon.com/New-Confessions-Economic-Hit-Man-ebook/dp/B017MZ8EBM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

13 Sept – Readings – The Preface, The Introduction, Chapter 1, (Dirty Business), and Chapter 2, (An Economic Hit Man is Born). Hope you can get the book, and read the chapters. Estimated as about 30 pages of relatively easy reading.

20 Sept – We will be reading – Chapter 3, (In for LIfe) through Chapter 11, (Pirates in the Canal Zone). Estimated at about 47 pages of relatively easy reading. Some of the chapters are quite short.

 27 Sept – We will be reading – Chapters 12, (Soldiers and Prostitutes) through to Chapter 18 (Iran’s King of Kings) This does NOT include Chapter 19.   I estimate there are about 50 pages of relatively easy reading.

4 Oct — Freethought Discussion — Bring you ideas to discuss for the meeting.

11 Oct – We will be reading – Chapters 19, (Confessions of a Tortured Man) through Chapter 28, (Confessions of a Tortured Man). Estimated as about 54 pages of relatively easy reading. Some of the chapters are quite short.

18 Oct – We will be reading – Chapters 29, (I Take a Bribe – Page 177) through Chapter 35, (Jackal Speaks: The Seychelles Conspiracy – Page 225). I estimate there are about 49 pages of relatively easy reading.

25 Oct – We will be reading – Chapters 36, (Ecuador Rebels – Page 226) through Chapter 43, (Who are Today’s Economic Hit Men?- Page 265 to 275). I estimate there are about 50 pages of relatively easy reading.

Some previously read books

Our customs on book nominations & voting

 

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