Michael Parenti: The Struggle for History (1993)

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by Michael Parenti
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August 9, 2011


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An excellent lecture by the well-known American political scientist, historian, and media critic, Michael Parenti. On history and who tells it (complete with Q&A).

In this talk Michael Parenti quotes Winston Churchill who said to his fellow party members: “History will be kind to us because I plan to write it.” Far from being an objective account of events history bears the mark of its writer, the omissions of the censors, and the interests of those who benefit from making it. Parenti shows how to take the recording of history back from politicians, the media, professors, clergy, and business people.

Michael Parenti’s most recent books are The Culture Struggle (2006), Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (2007), God and His Demons (2010), Democracy for the Few (9th ed. 2011), and The Face of Imperialism (2011). For further information about his work, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org.

From the archives:

The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn

Drawing the color line by Howard Zinn

Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn: Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004)