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America besieged /
Michael Parenti.
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San Francisco, Calif. : City Lights Books, c1998.
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x, 205 p. ; 19 cm.
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0872863387 (pbk.)
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imprint
San Francisco, Calif. : City Lights Books, c1998.
isbn
0872863387 (pbk.)
catalogue key
2234261
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1998-05-26:
Originally presented as radio commentaries in 1996, these assaults on corporate venality, militarism and government indifference to the poor sometimes sound better read aloud than on paper; while heated sound bites are numerous, additional light might have been shed if the polemics were supplemented more frequently by data. Nonetheless, Parenti's (Democracy for the Few) voice is sharp and urgent, providing a short but comprehensive course in radical analysis. He ticks off what he feels are America's problems: a political culture all too ready to worship politicians rather than ask hard questions ("[I]t is the essence of democracy," he cautions, "that we not trust and not have faith in our leaders"); a fundamentally unjust economy in which "pollution, like sin, is regularly denounced but vigorously practiced"; a state shockingly willing to tolerate the murder of left-wing dissidents from other countries; and a narrow-minded, jingoistic mass media that serves as the handmaid of corporate power (why, he asks, did neo-NaziÄbut pro-capitalistÄDavid Duke's failed Senate bid receive so much more attention than Socialist Bernard Sanders's victory?). Rather more hyperbolically, he notes that the recent Olympics "felt more like Munich 1936 than Atlanta 1996." Opinionated and angry, but also reasonable and sincerely hopeful in the possibility of a better future through collective action, this is a book Joe Hill would have loved. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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America Besieged deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: "We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above; the moneyed power exercises a near monopoly influence over our political life, over the economy, the state, and the media. Some Americans are astonished to hear of it. Others have had their suspicions, although they may not be quite sure how it all adds up. This book invites the reader to stop blaming the powerless and poor and, in that good old American phrase, start 'following the money.' That is the first and most important step toward lifting the siege and bringing democracy back to life." Michael Parenti, one of America's most astute and entertaining political analysts, is the author of Against Empire, Dirty Truths, Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism, Democracy for the Few, Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America, and many other books.
Main Description
'America Besieged' deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: "We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above; the moneyed power exercises a near monopoly influence over our political life, over the economy, the state, and the media. Some Americans are astonished to hear of it. Others have had their suspicions, although they may not be quite sure how it all adds up. This book invites the reader to stop blaming the powerless and poor and, in that good old American phrase, start 'following the money.' That is the first and most important step toward lifting the siege and bringing democracy back to life."Michael Parenti, one of America's most astute and entertaining political analysts, is the author of Against Empire, Dirty Truths, Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism, Democracy for the Few, Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America, and many other books.
Main Description
America Besieged deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: “We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above; the moneyed power exercises a near monopoly influence over our political life, over the economy, the state, and the media. Some Americans are astonished to hear of it. Others have had their suspicions, although they may not be quite sure how it all adds up. This book invites the reader to stop blaming the powerless and poor and, in that good old American phrase, start ‘following the money.’ That is the first and most important step toward lifting the siege and bringing democracy back to life." Michael Parenti, one of America’s most astute and entertaining political analysts, is the author of Against Empire, Dirty Truths, Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism, Democracy for the Few, Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America, and many other books.
Table of Contents
Preface
Strange Politics
America Besiegedp. 3
The Evasion of Politicsp. 7
The President as Corporate Salesmanp. 15
Our Leaders Don't Know Bestp. 23
Republicrats and Demopublicansp. 29
The Politics of Sinp. 39
Before We Give Away the Post Officep. 45
An Unjust Economy
The Distribution of Wealthp. 55
Keeping the Rich Invisiblep. 61
A Free Market for Whom?p. 67
The Myth of Neutrality: Technology and Moneyp. 73
Murder on the Jobp. 79
A GATT to Our Headsp. 87
Ecology for the Moneyp. 95
A Dangerous State
The National Insecurity Statep. 105
Repressing the Leftp. 113
Political Murder, USAp. 121
Saying "No" to Legalized Drugsp. 129
Is Conspiracy Only a Theory?p. 139
Managed Media
Methods of Media Manipulationp. 149
Pack Punditryp. 159
Is It Sports or Is It War?p. 165
Kozy with the Klanp. 171
"Inferior" Peoplep. 177
Pictures in Our Headsp. 183
Conclusion
What Is to Be Done (for Starters)?p. 193
We Must Fight City Hallp. 199
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