18 June 2007

Paul Wellstone and plane crashes

The Twin Cities Daily Planet has a nice quote from Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, an activist professor considering running against Norm Coleman for Paul Wellstone's old Senate seat.

"The purpose of good government should be to make sure that the benefits of the economy are dispersed widely and that taxes are invested for the common good," said Pallmeyer. "The rules of the economic game are undermining the health of our families."

Pallmeyer supports single-payer universal healthcare.

I couldn't help but think of Wellstone as I watched John Perkins on Democracy Now last week. Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, talked in part about how he had viewed his work — corrupting foreign officials — as urgently necessary for the well being of those officials. If they weren't corruptible, they often died. Two South American presidents he worked with died in small plane crashes within weeks of each other after refusing Perkin's blandishments.

Perkins writes, "The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought of as kindred spirits - Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in."

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