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Contrary Notions

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 0872866017
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Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author Michael Parenti is one of America’s most astute and engaging political analysts. Parenti’s work has enlightened and enlivened readers for many years, covering a wide range of subjects. Here is a rich selection of his most lucid and penetrating writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, sex, and ethnicity. Also included are a few choice selections drawn from his own life experiences and political awakening. Parenti goes where few political observers dare to tread. Time and again he takes the extra step beyond the parameters of permissible opinion, and time and again he succeeds in carrying the reader with him. The selections herein, that are reprinted from previously published works, have been revised and updated. Other offerings appear here for the very first time. "Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which...sustain our public consciousness."—Los Angeles Times Book Review "Prominent leftist public intellectual Parenti has built a reputation for himself as a trenchant, yet engaging and accessible, critic of capitalism, imperialism, and other forms of exploitation and violence and this diverse collection of his writings will not disappoint his fans (nor, probably, convince his detractors). Over the course of the collection he takes on the corporate media, intellectual repression in academia, the stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 (not that he's a fan of Al Gore or John Kerry), right wing judicial activism, free-market orthodoxies and mythologies, racism, sexism, homophobia, postmodern attacks on Marxism, the distortions of dominant history, ill-informed demonizations of the Venezuelan political process, his own life, and many other topics."—Book News, Inc. "A prolific author, a charismatic speaker, and a regular guest on radio and television talk shows, Parenti communicates his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists and thinkers."—Aurora Online Michael Parenti is a critically acclaimed author and an extraordinary public speaker. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He is the author of twenty books, including Superpariotism , The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Inventing Reality, and Democracy for the Few.

Contrary Notions

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 0872864820
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Michael Parenti's most lucid and penetrating writings on power, history, politics and culture.

Contrary Notions

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 9780872864825
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Michael Parenti's most lucid and penetrating writings on power, history, politics and culture.

Democracy For The Few

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495911267
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DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW is a provocative interpretation of American Government. It shows how democracy is repeatedly violated by corporate oligopolies, and how popular forces have fought back and occasionally made gains in spite of the system. By focusing on the relationship between economic power and political power, discussing actual government practices and policies, conspiracies, propaganda, fraud, secrecy and other ploys of government and politics, this book stands apart in its analysis of how US Government works. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

History As Mystery

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 0872867188
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In a lively challenge to mainstream history, Michael Parenti does battle with a number of mass-marketed historical myths. He shows how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege. And he demonstrates how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work. Pursuing themes ranging from antiquity to modern times, from the Inquisition and Joan of Arc to the anti-labor bias of present-day history books, History as Mystery demonstrates how past and present can inform each other and how history can be a truly exciting and engaging subject. "Michael Parenti, always provocative and eloquent, gives us a lively as well as valuable critique of orthodoxy posing as ‘history.’"—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States "Deserves to become an instant classic." —Bertell Ollman, author of Dialectical Investigations Those who keep secret the past, and lie about it, condemn us to repeat it. Michael Parenti unveils the history of falsified history, from the early Christian church to the present: a fascinating, darkly revelatory tale." —Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers "Solid if surely controversial stuff."—Kirkus Michael Parenti, PhD Yale, is an internationally known author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leadiing progressive political analysts. He is the author of over 275 published articles and twenty books, including Against Empire, Dirty Truths, and Blackshirts and Reds. His writings are published in popular periodicals, scholarly journals, and his op-ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.

Dirty Truths

Author: Michael Parenti
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Cultural Writing. Essays. This collection of essays is both eye-opening and entertaining. Investigating media and culture, conspiracy and state power, and ideology and political consciousness, Parenti focuses on a variety of issues including free speech, the rise of neofascism, the relationship between wealth and poverty, the "terrorism" hype, the continuing mystification about the Kennedy assassination, and the deceptions and injustices of global domination. He shows the links between seemingly disparate social and political forces. The book also includes three of his poems and moving accounts of his own family life and the political intolerance he encountered in academia. Michael Parenti is one of the country's most astute and engaging political analysts and has taught in a number of universities. He is living now in Berkeley, California.

The Sword The Dollar

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312022956
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A critical analysis of U.S. foreign policy from a progressive viewpoint probes the underlying economic and political interests that shape foreign policy and addresses issues of U.S. Imperialism and the arms race

Superpatriotism

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN: 9780872864337
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One of the nation's leading progressive political analysts demonstrates how hype, fear, and mindless flag-waving are supplanting informed debate, commitment to democracy, and real patriotism.

Profit Pathology And Other Indecencies

Author: Michael Parenti
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ISBN: 9781612056616
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From market crisis to market boom, from welfare to wealth care, from homelessness to helplessness, and an all-out assault on the global environment—these are just some of the indecencies of contemporary economic life that Profit Pathology takes on. Here, Michael Parenti investigates how class power is a central force in our political life and, yet, is subjected to little critical discernment. He notes how big-moneyed interests shift the rules of the game in their favor while unveiling the long march by reactionaries through the nation’s institutions to undo all the gains of social democracy, from the New Deal to the present. Parenti also traces the exploitative economic forces that have operated through much of American history, including the mass displacement and extermination of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans. Parenti is a master at demonstrating the impact of monomaniacal profit accumulation on social services—especially health care—and human values. Here he takes us one step further, showing how unrestrained capitalism ultimately endangers itself, becoming a “self-devouring beast” that threatens us all. Finally, he calls for a solution based on democratic diversity and public ownership—“because it works.”

God And His Demons

Author: Michael Parenti
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616143053
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A noted author and activist brings his critical acumen and rhetorical skills to bear in this polemic against the dark side of religion. Unlike some popular works by stridently outspoken atheists, this is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. Rather the author's focus is the heartless exploitation of faithful followers by those in power, as well as sectarian intolerance, the violence against heretics and nonbelievers, and the reactionary political and economic collusion that has often prevailed between the upper echelons of church and state. Parenti notes the deleterious effects of past theocracies and the threat to our freedoms posed by present-day fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. He discusses how socially conscious and egalitarian minded liberal religionists have often been isolated and marginalized by their more conservative (and better financed) coreligionists. Finally, he documents the growing strength of secular freethinkers who are doing battle against the intolerant theocratic usurpers in public life. Historically anchored yet sharply focused on the contemporary scene, this eloquent indictment of religion’s dangers will be welcomed by committed secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike. From the Hardcover edition.