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America Besieged

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America Besieged deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: “We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above; the moneyed power exercises a near monopoly influence over our political life, over the economy, the state, and the media. Some Americans are astonished to hear of it. Others have had their...

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Overview

America Besieged deals with the underlying forces within U.S. society that deeply affect our lives. Showing how we are being misled and harmed by those who profess to have our interests at heart, Michael Parenti writes: “We are indeed a nation besieged, not from without but from within, not subverted from below but from above; the moneyed power exercises a near monopoly influence over our political life, over the economy, the state, and the media. Some Americans are astonished to hear of it. Others have had their suspicions, although they may not be quite sure how it all adds up. This book invites the reader to stop blaming the powerless and poor and, in that good old American phrase, start ‘following the money.’ That is the first and most important step toward lifting the siege and bringing democracy back to life."

Michael Parenti, one of America’s most astute and entertaining political analysts, is the author of Against Empire, Dirty Truths, Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism, Democracy for the Few, Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America, and many other books.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally presented as radio commentaries in 1996, these assaults on corporate venality, militarism and government indifference to the poor sometimes sound better read aloud than on paper; while heated sound bites are numerous, additional light might have been shed if the polemics were supplemented more frequently by data. Nonetheless, Parenti's (Democracy for the Few) voice is sharp and urgent, providing a short but comprehensive course in radical analysis. He ticks off what he feels are America's problems: a political culture all too ready to worship politicians rather than ask hard questions ("[I]t is the essence of democracy," he cautions, "that we not trust and not have faith in our leaders"); a fundamentally unjust economy in which "pollution, like sin, is regularly denounced but vigorously practiced"; a state shockingly willing to tolerate the murder of left-wing dissidents from other countries; and a narrow-minded, jingoistic mass media that serves as the handmaid of corporate power (why, he asks, did neo-Nazibut pro-capitalistDavid Duke's failed Senate bid receive so much more attention than Socialist Bernard Sanders's victory?). Rather more hyperbolically, he notes that the recent Olympics "felt more like Munich 1936 than Atlanta 1996." Opinionated and angry, but also reasonable and sincerely hopeful in the possibility of a better future through collective action, this is a book Joe Hill would have loved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863385
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Parenti, PhD Yale, is an internationally known author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leadiing progressive political analysts. He is the author of over 250 published articles and seventeen books. His writings are published in popular periodicals, scholarly journals, and his op-ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Strange Politics
America Besieged 3
The Evasion of Politics 7
The President as Corporate Salesman 15
Our Leaders Don't Know Best 23
Republicrats and Demopublicans 29
The Politics of Sin 39
Before We Give Away the Post Office 45
An Unjust Economy
The Distribution of Wealth 55
Keeping the Rich Invisible 61
A Free Market for Whom? 67
The Myth of Neutrality: Technology and Money 73
Murder on the Job 79
A GATT to Our Heads 87
Ecology for the Money 95
A Dangerous State
The National Insecurity State 105
Repressing the Left 113
Political Murder, USA 121
Saying "No" to Legalized Drugs 129
Is Conspiracy Only a Theory? 139
Managed Media
Methods of Media Manipulation 149
Pack Punditry 159
Is It Sports or Is It War? 165
Kozy with the Klan 171
"Inferior" People 177
Pictures in Our Heads 183
Conclusion
What Is to Be Done (for Starters)? 193
We Must Fight City Hall 199
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