Nearly twelve years after my book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was first published, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man launched this month. Readers of the 2004 book sent thousands of emails asking how its publication impacted my life, what I was doing to redeem myself and change the Economic Hit Man (EHM) system, and what actions each of us could take to turn things around. This new book is my answer to those questions.
It is also time for a new edition because the world has changed radically. The EHM system—based primarily on debt and fear—is even more treacherous now than it was in 2004. The EHMs and the jackal assassins have expanded their ranks and have adopted new disguises and tools, including false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, and unbridled military power. The entire world has been hit. We know that we teeter on the edge of disaster—economic, political, social, and environmental disaster. We must change.
In response to readers’ requests, I have added many new details and accounts of how we did our work during my time as an EHM, and I have clarified some points in the previously published chapters. More importantly, I have added an entirely new Part 5, which explains how the EHM game is played today—who today’s economic hit men are, who today’s jackals are, and how their deceptions and tools are more far-reaching and enslaving now than ever. Also in response to readers’ requests, Part 5 includes new chapters that reveal what it will take to overthrow the EHM system and specific tactics for transforming what I call a Death Economy into a vibrant, regenerative Life Economy. The book ends with a section titled “Documentation of EHM Activity, 2004–2015,” which offers detailed information for readers who want further proof of the issues covered or who want to pursue these subjects in more depth.
Despite all the bad news and the attempts of modern-day robber barons to steal our freedoms, our government that is based on the ideals of democracy, and our planet, I am filled with hope. I know that when enough of us perceive the true workings of this EHM system, we will take the individual and collective actions necessary to control the cancer and restore our health. We will move from a Death Economy (based on ravaging the Earth) to a Life Economy (based on cleaning up pollution and creating technologies that are not just sustainable, but that also regenerate devastated resources and environments). The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man reveals how the system works today and what you and I—all of us—can do to change it.
Thomas Paine inspired American revolutionaries when he wrote, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Those words are as important today as they were in 1776. My goal in this new book is nothing less than Paine’s: to inspire and empower us all to do whatever it takes to lead the way to peace for our children.
I welcome your feedback on the book and your stories of how you feel empowered to bring about a Life Economy that inspires sustainability and regeneration, and that offers a just and balanced world for all people and all life.