Noted political commentator and cultural critic Michael Parenti joins us to talk about his appearance at the upcoming Understanding Deep Politics conference in Santa Cruz. He also talks about his latest book, God and His Demons.
First, let’s call the Black Thing From the Center of the Earth (now there’s a good movie title, no?) what it should be called. It’s not an “oil spill.” This is not the Exxon Valdez, with a very large but ultimately known and quantified amount of heavy crude oil spoiling an important but distant and self-limited piece of valuable land and seascape. It’s not an “oil slick,” although that is a side feature of it in the places where the oil layer on the surface of the ocean is relatively thin. It’s not some simple “oil leak” (as British Petroleum [BP] likes to characterize it), like the one that dripped regularly from the oil pan of my aged-by-the-time-I-got-it 1956 Jaguar XK150.
The Declared Nuclear Powers, America, Britain and France Defeated by the Power of Reason
It is a fairly reliable rule of thumb that when a person refuses to listen to the argument of another, it is a sign that the person is betraying the fact that his own argument is flawed – or downright spurious.
Take the case of the US and its allies, Britain and France in particular, which allege that Iran is a threat to world peace, has sinister ambitions to build nuclear weapons and is in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The mood in America couldn’t be darker. I’ve noticed that many articles that bemoan the current state of affairs, i.e.; the corporate control of the two major political parties and the media, the outsourcing of American jobs overseas, the waste fraud and abuse of government and the unbridled military spending in support of major military adventures overseas that cannot be justified by logic, just to name a few, are accompanied by a persistent comment. Many readers of these articles have a comment that basically says “I know what problems we face, why aren’t you suggesting solutions?
I can understand why many political writers hesitate to put their views on what they think would offer solutions to the problems Americans face. I believe that many writers feel that it is more important for the people to understand what is happening than to offer their opinions on how to solve these issues.
May 04, 2010 — The U.S. is trying to put pressure on organizations like the UN Security Council in order to get its own way on major international issues. That’s the view of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s spoken exclusively to RT in an interview. He says that such pressure and new sanctions – if imposed – would harm the U.S. rather than Iran.