জন পার্কিনস তার নতুন বই The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: Objective Reality vs. Perceived Realityতে লিখছেন, As described in my book The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, my job was to convince heads of state of countries with resources our corporations covet, like oil, to accept huge loans from the World Bank and its sister organizations. The stipulation was that these loans would be used to hire our engineering and construction companies, such as Bechtel, Halliburton, and Stone and Webster, to build electric power systems, ports, airports, highways and other infrastructure projects that would bring large profits to those companies and also benefit a few wealthy families in the country, the ones that owned the industries and commercial establishments. Everyone else in the country would suffer because funds were diverted from education, healthcare and other social services to pay interest on the debt. In the end, when the country could not buy down the principal, we would go back and, with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), “restructure” the loans. This included demands that the country sell its resources cheap to our corporations with minimal environmental and social regulations and that it privatize its utility companies and other public service businesses and offer them to our companies at cut-rate prices.
আর আজকের মুক্তচিন্তকদের গুরু মিল্টন ফ্রিডম্যান ১৯৭৬এ নোবেল পাওয়ায় বলেছিলেন among other things, that the only responsibility of business is to maximize profits, regardless of the social and environmental costs. This was a perceived reality that became the defining goal for businesses. It convinced corporate executives that they had the right – some would say the mandate – to do whatever they thought it would take to maximize profits, including buying public officials through campaign financing, destroying the environment, and devastating the very resources upon which their businesses ultimately depend.
আমরা যারা গ্রামীন আদার ব্যাপারী তাদের আর জাহাজের খবর জেনে লাভ কি?
আসুন জন পার্কিনসের কথা শোনা যাক।