Making A Killing historically traces the symbiotic relationship between the American military and the American capitalist system, that has been part of our culture for well over 100 years. From the early days of 19th century Manifest Destiny to Eisenhower’s 20th century warning about the encroaching power of the ‘military industrial complex’ to today’s Global War On Terror, the business of war has fueled the American way.
The words and voices of Presidents, Senators, Generals, Writers, and Common Citizens through time provide a chilling perspective on the American philosophy of "spreading democracy".
It is no accident that it was Eisenhower, a five-star general with intimate experience of military and corporate appetites, who most clearly foresaw the dangers and distortions that the military-industrial complex would cause.
Best-selling author, John Perkins, Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, provides a first-hand account of the rise and spread of the CIA and highlights many of its clandestine operations in support of American corporate interests as well as the evolution of the Economic Hit Men who lured third-world countries into economic submission to American interests.
“(In the years since Eisenhower’s declaration of concern), the trend has warped virtually every aspect of national life, with consequences that are quite radical in their cumulative effect on the economy, on the vast machinery of official secrecy, on the country’s sense of itself, and on the very nature of national government in Washington. And yet the degree to which America has changed is noticed by almost no one—not in any visceral way.” –Todd S. Purdom, Vanity Fair, January 2012
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