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Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader

by Michael Parenti

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. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Culture Struggle

by Michael Parenti

One of America's most astute and engaging political analysts, Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of a dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. Drawing from cultures around the world, Parenti shows that beliefs and practices are readily subjected to political manipulation, and that many parts of culture are being commodified, separated from their group or communal origins, to be packaged and sold to those who can pay for them. Folk culture is giving way to a corporate market culture. Art, science, medicine, and psychiatry can be used as instruments of cultural control, and even marriage, the "foundation of society," has been misused by heterosexuals across the centuries.Using vivid examples and riveting arguments throughout, ranging from the everyday to the esoteric, and penned with eloquence and irony, The Culture Struggle presents a collection of snapshots of our time.

Democracy for the Few (9th edition)

by Michael Parenti

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.

The Face of Imperialism

by Michael Parenti

The relationship between US economic and military power is not often considered within mainstream commentary. Similarly the connection between US military interventions overseas and US domestic problems is rarely considered in any detail. In this brilliant new book, Michael Parenti reveals the true face of US imperialism. He documents how it promotes unjust policies across the globe including expropriation of natural resources, privatisation, debt burdens and suppression of democratic movements. He then demonstrates how this feeds into deteriorating living standards in the US itself, leading to increased poverty, decaying infrastructure and impending ecological disaster. *BR**BR*The Face of Imperialism redefines empire and imperialism and connects the crisis in the US with its military escapades across the world.

God and His Demons

by Michael Parenti

Noted cultural critic and activist Parenti warns against the dangers of religion's dark side, whether the evils committed in the name of God or the hypocrisies of religious figures. Instead of condemning all believers, however, the author focuses on the exploitation of religious faithful by the powerful; on sectarian intolerance and violence; and on the reactionary collusion between leaders of church and state. Suggesting that religious fundamentalists and theocrats are a danger to democratic freedoms, Parenti documents the increasing efforts of secularists and progressive religionists to fight back against religious intolerance. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Propaganda, Inc.

by Herbert I. Schiller Nancy Snow Michael Parenti

An eye-opening overview of American cultural policy fully updated through the end of the Bush presidency, Propaganda, Inc. reveals how the United States Information Agency became a bureaucracy deeply distrustful of dissent, and one-way in its promotion of American corporate interests overseas.Nancy Snow spent two years inside the Agency, and here provides an insider's account of its crooked relationship to corporate interests and war--a must-read for those concerned with American propaganda and the war on terror.

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