Predatory Capitalism: Fact or Fiction?

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An animated interview of John Perkins, author of 'HoodWinked' and 'Confessions Of An Economic Hitman'. 

This short, animated video is well worth watching, as it succinctly explains Predatory Capitalism. What do you think: is Predatory Capitalism Fact or Fiction?


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I look forward to your your opinions! 

May 03, 2011 07:43 AM #1
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Glenn Freezman
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Mirela, If this was more real estate facing it would probably get featured.  Cartooning is a great way to get any point you want accross, hey did a great job with it.  thanks for sharing it,

Be well, Glenn Freezman, Nucazza,LLP

 

May 03, 2011 07:57 AM #2
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Karen Seeman
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When the rules of the game are set, competitors wil do anything they can to get the upper hand.  We see this in every facet of competition: from children's board games, to professional sports, to the stock market and lastly international competition.  We all tend to look for ways to capitalize sometimes within the rules and sometimes bending/breaking the rules to our advantage.  For every move done, there are effects: 1) some understood and 2) some rammifications and 3)some unknown. 

This cartoon depicts predatory capitalism which most multi-national corporations engage in.  Even "green companies", even volunteer organizations engage in this behavior.  If we agree that this is the way, the real question is what do we do to make it better?  And what will better look like?

Thank you for making my mind sizzle.  John Perkins is a masterful communicator as are you.  Thank you Mirela

May 03, 2011 03:16 PM #3
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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I agree that the planet is our homeland, and cringe at the possibility that this is true.

May 04, 2011 12:09 AM #4
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Mick Michaud
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Grossly oversimplified.  However, the unholy marriage between governments and multi-national corporations is a threat to us all.  To our individual freedoms, our rights to self-determination, control of our own resources in our area and an erosion of our own local cultures and customs. 

Human nature is fickle, on its best day.  Put the incentive of massive wealth into the hands of a few and you can't buck history.  Not a good thing to have.  America used to be a land of individuals.  Then when the industrial revolution hit, we got the industrial tycoons who immediately engaged in predatory practices in order to build their wealth, influence and impires. Just like the European nations of the 1800's and all the empires of history. 

 

I don't know what a good solution is.  Many third world countries have turned to socialism/communism to address this, and all they got was extreme bloodshed, even more curtailment of individual freedoms and basically allowed to live for being good. Even modern Europe is pulling back on a heavy social agenda. 

 

Total freedom would be nice, but human nature can't be trusted.

Eliminate greed and you've licked the problem.

 

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