Most historians, both ancient and modern, have viewed the Late Republic of Rome through the eyes of its rich nobility. In The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Michael Parenti presents us with a story of popular resistance against entrenched power and wealth. As he carefully weighs the evidence concerning the murder of Caesar, Parenti sketches in the background to the crime with fascinating detail about wider Roman society. In these pages we find reflections on the democratic struggle waged by Roman commoners, religious augury as an instrument of social control, the patriarchal oppression of women, and the political use of homophobic attacks. The Assassination of Julius Caesar offers a whole new perspective on an era we thought we knew well.
"Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which . . . sustain our public consciousness."--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewA powerful selection of Michael Parenti's 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.Michael Parenti is the author of eighteen books, including Superpatriotism, Inventing Reality, and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.
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)
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 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 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.
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)
Essays on how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege, and how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work. "Michael Parenti, always provocative and eloquent, gives us a lively as well as valuable critique of orthodoxy posing as 'history. '"-Howard Zinn"Solid if surely controversial stuff. "- Kirkus Table of Contents Prologue: Against the Mainstream History as Miseducation Mainstream Orthodoxy The Hunt for Real History Textbooks: America the Beautiful For Business, Against Labor The School as a Tool Priests and Pagans, Saints and Slaves Triumph of the One True Faith Silencing the Pagans Accepting the Powers that Be Affluent Believers Saints For Slavery Bishops and Barbarians, Jezebels and Jews The Myth of the Devout Peasant The Curse of Eve The Burning of Books Preparing the Holocaust History in the Faking Suppression at the Point of OriginCold War in the Archives Classified History, USA Listening to the Muted Masses In Ranke's Footsteps His Majesty's Servant An Aristocratic Profession' Purging the Reds Publishing and Privishing' Marketing the Right Stuff The Strange Death of President Zachary Taylor, a Study in the Manufacture of Mainstream History Examining the Examination Confrontation with the Slavocracy A lethal Dose of Cherries and Milk? Honorable Men and Official History Against Psychopolitics Depoliticizing the Political Dubious Clinical Data Lenin as Oedipus The Compulsive Hoover The Political Hoover When the Political Becomes Personal Afterword
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."
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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