The Mafia and Me: Reflections on Being Italian by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
January 20, 2011

Like many others of Italian-American heritage, I experienced some discomfort when in 1951 Senator Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, launched his highly publicized investigation into the organized rackets, uncovering scores of thugs with Italian surnames. Subsequent decades produced an endless parade of such rogues whose mugs were repeatedly splashed across the print and broadcast media.

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Michael Parenti: The Panama Deception + US imperialism in full view

with Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
December 20, 2010

Map of US-Operation Just Cause, Invasion of Pa...

Map of US-Operation Just Cause, Invasion of Panama, December 1989 – January 1990. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RTAmerica | December 20, 2010

December 20th marks the 21st anniversary of the 1989 US Invasion of Panama. An Incident, known as ‘Operation Just Cause,’ that erupted after CIA client Manuel Noriega charted and independent path from the US and threatened to close down US bases. The drum beat for war against Panama would eventually play out again in US military interventions that followed. The media coverage of the invasion of Panama became the blueprint in rallying public support for war through the mainstream media.

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Money Is Still the Name of the Game by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
December 9, 2010

For years certain pundits and political scientists have insisted that money is not all that important in winning elections. Large sums expended on campaigns glean only an extra percentage point or two in votes, we are told, and often the candidate who spends the most ends up losing anyway.

“Other Variables”

In 2010 Republican candidate Meg Whitman smothered the California gubernatorial contest with $142 million of her own money but still lost to Jerry Brown who spent a mere $24 million, along with another $27 million or so put up by independent groups. Such results are seized upon by those who argue that money does not guarantee victory. They insist that other variables–such as party affiliation, incumbency, candidate’s image, and key issues–may be the deciding factors.

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Death and Profits: The Utility Protection Racket by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
Oct. 14, 2010

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is a multi-billion-dollar privately owned, publicly regulated utility whose main function is to make enormous profits for its shareholders at great cost to ratepayers. I know this to be true; I’m one of the ratepayers.

Better than Bernard

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) permits PG&E to charge rates that are 30 percent higher than the national average.

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Michael Parenti: Does Capitalism work? (2002)

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buddhagem | August 07, 2007

The myth that capitalism works conveniently ignores reality. In this video, political scientist and activist Michael Parenti debunks this popular myth.

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Michael Parenti: The President

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buddhagem | November 22, 2009

This is an excerpt from a talk by political analyst Michael Parenti on Executive Power in a Democratic Society. Sadly few of us learn much about the executive office in school. Here Dr. Parenti discusses the role of President in a way seldom heard: as the defender of Capitalism, protecting US corporate interests at home and abroad. Further, Parenti goes into the lifestyle of the president and describes the utter opulence that office holder enjoys. Finally, Parenti discusses the differences between structuralists and functionalists in regards the president. If you want to understand the similarities and differences between Bush and Obama or any other US President, it’s important to understand the role that office plays.

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Michael Parenti on The Culture Struggle (2007)

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Democracy Now!
May 8, 2007

We end today’s program with the words of acclaimed writer, political analyst and social critic, Michael Parenti. He is the author of 20 books, including “Democracy for the Few,” “Superpatriotism” and “The Culture Struggle.”

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Michael Parenti on Conspiracy Theories: How The World Changed After 9/11

with Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
Oct. 3, 2010

RadicalPragmatist | September 30, 2010

Michael Parenti speaks at the “How The World Changed After 9/11” Conference in New York City held on 9/11 2010.

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Michael Parenti: Crumbling US Empire

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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
Sept. 23, 2010

RTAmerica | September 23, 2010

In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equal growth in US military power. The United States is a super power but has forgotten about its own people (the republic). Michael Parenti says that US leaders have been consumed by the status of American super power and have forgotten basic infrastructure needs of their people.

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What Do Empires Do? by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org February 2010
Sept. 22, 2010

When I wrote my book Against Empire in 1995, as might be expected, some of my U.S. compatriots thought it was wrong of me to call the United States an empire. It was widely believed that U.S. rulers did not pursue empire; they intervened abroad only out of self-defense or for humanitarian rescue operations or to restore order in a troubled region or overthrow tyranny, fight terrorism, and propagate democracy.

But by the year 2000, everyone started talking about the United States as an empire and writing books with titles like Sorrows of Empire, Follies of Empire, Twilight of Empire, or Empire of Illusions— all referring to the United States when they spoke of empire.

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Michael Parenti: Lies, War, and Empire (2007; must-see) (repost)

Dandelion Salad

In case you missed this one, here it is again.

talkingsticktv
June 17, 2007

Parenti speaks about lies, dissent, and how we arrive at the truth of our situation and still retain our sanity. He raises the question whether the Iraq war was not a failure but a success for some parts of the empire – and why.”Lies, War, and Empire” given May 12, 2007 at Antioch University in Seattle.

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The Corbett Report: Michael Parenti

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by James Corbett
The Corbett Report
2010/05/04

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.

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Dr. Michael Parenti: Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy (2002)

Dandelion Salad

Repost from June 16, 2008

by Michael Parenti
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Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org

Replaced video May 11, 2013

DebatesAndLectures
Mar 1, 2012

OCTOBER 9, 2002, VANCOUVER

Dr. Michael Parenti, one of North America’s leading radical writers on U.S. imperialism and interventionism, fascism, democracy and the media, spoke to several hundred people at St. Andrews Wesley Church in Vancouver. Dr. Parenti has taught political science at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries. He has written 250 major magazine articles and 15 books and is frequently heard on public and alternative radio.

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Michael Parenti: Against Empire: U.S. Intervention in the Modern World (1995)

with Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
Jan. 26, 2010

talkingsticktv
January 02, 2010

Network X – 12/08/95 – Guest Michael Parenti author of “inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media”, “The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism Revolution and the Arms Race” and “Against Empire”.

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Michael Parenti: Lies, War, and Empire (2007; must-see)

Dandelion Salad

talkingsticktv
June 17, 2007

Parenti speaks about lies, dissent, and how we arrive at the truth of our situation and still retain our sanity. He raises the question whether the Iraq war was not a failure but a success for some parts of the empire – and why.”Lies, War, and Empire” given May 12, 2007 at Antioch University in Seattle.

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