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Posted September 24, 2006
Marx could not have written it better
M. Parenti conveniently leaves out facts, which do not agree with his 'progressive' theories. Like Marius' massacre of his former comrades in arms. Or the facts about Clodius, who convinced the mob, that they should annex faraway kingdom of Cyprus, so that they can get free grain. The ruler of Cyprus committed suicide. Or the fact, that subsidized grain was a fact of Roman life long before the Gracchi (see play by Plautus 'Pot of Gold'), and get it for their voters even cheaper, their agents plundered Pergamum, province of Asia. Or that Athens 'pure democracy' without independent juduciary, merged executive and legislative powers, lasted only 50 years, because of vagaries and changing moods of the 'common people', swayed under demagogues like reeds in the wind. Roman Republic was definitely not perfect, but which state is? Benign dictatorship (which seems to me here to be promoted) changes in to bad dictatorship overnight. Of course, Mr. Parenti's website promotes the likes of Engles, and other discredited luminaries. I think he would like to promote Khmer Rouge, because they were all for the 'common people', even so far that they killed all the uncommon people. Intellectuals, like Mr. Parenti, would be the first at the execution wall. However, he takes advantage of good salary, safe life, and free press to promote a system, where he would himself not like to live.
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