Michael Parenti regarding U.S. bombing other countries + The U.S. War on Yugoslavia (1999)

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March 23, 2011

on Mar 21, 2011

Michael Parenti’s excellent comment regarding USA’s selective foreign policy towards different countries, depending on their interest.

An excerpt from “The US War on Yugoslavia”

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

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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

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December 20, 2010

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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

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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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Michael Parenti: The Spanish American War (1990)

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December 4, 2010

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US foreign policy of our time is clearly interventionist. From the 1950s to today, from Korea, Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan and countless smaller wars in between the country has moved away from the sentiment once expressed by George Washington: Beware of foreign entanglements.

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Michael Parenti: The Myth of the Founding Fathers (1990)

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Nov. 27, 2010

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As the United States government claims to spread democracy around the world and is deeply involved in ghost writing constitutions for other countries, the spotlight falls back on this country. Is the current US system a democracy, – has it ever been one? In The Myth of the Founding Fathers Michael Parenti takes us back to the early days of the republic. Who were the founding fathers, what were their goals in writing the US constitution? Who did they exclude and who did they favor? What was their attitude towards slavery? How many of them actually wanted to create a monarchy? And who, in the end, ratified the constitution after it was written?

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Michael Parenti: Functions of Fascism (1990)

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Nov. 26, 2010

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Date Recorded: 1990-11-30

Parenti says that fascism is a new order and consciousness that served the same old power structure and promised to solve the ills of the many while protecting the interests of the few. He answers in detail who financed the Fascist parties and what services the fascists rendered in return. Many of the measures enacted by fascists were frighteningly similar to those enacted today: They include the privatization of state owned enterprises, reduction of corporate taxes and inheritance taxes, defeat of unions, and the suspension of civil liberties.

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Death and Profits: The Utility Protection Racket by Michael Parenti

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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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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

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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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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

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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)

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

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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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