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Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader

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“Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which . . . sustain our public consciousness.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

A powerful selection of Michael Parenti’s most lucid and penetrating writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, sex, and ethnicity. Also included are a few choice selections drawn from his own life experiences and political ...

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Overview

“Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which . . . sustain our public consciousness.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

A powerful selection of Michael Parenti’s most lucid and penetrating writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, sex, and ethnicity. Also included are a few choice selections drawn from his own life experiences and political awakening. Parenti goes where few political observers dare to tread.

Michael Parenti is the author of eighteen books, including Superpatriotism, Inventing Reality, and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

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Parenti communicates his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864825
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 853,816
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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


Introduction     ix
Through the Looking Glass
Media Moments     3
Liberal Media Yet to Be Found     7
Methods of Media Manipulation     17
Objectivity and the Dominant Paradigm     31
Repression in Academia     40
Stealing Our Birthright
The Stolen Presidential Elections     63
How the Free Market Killed New Orleans     74
Conservative Judicial Activism     83
Why the Corporate Rich Oppose Environmentalism     90
Autos and Atoms     97
What Is to Be Done?     103
Lifestyles and Other People
Racist Rule, Then and Now     117
Custom Against Women     124
Are Heterosexuals Worthy of Marriage?     129
That's Italian? Another Ethnic Stereotype     138
Roots
La Famiglia: An Ethno-Class Experience     149
Bread Story: The Blessings of Private Enterprise     164
My Strange Values     168
A Guide to Concepts and ISMS
Technology and Money: The Myth of Neutrality     177
False Consciousness     181
Left, Right, and the "Extreme Moderates"     186
State vs. Government     194
Democracy vs. Capitalism     207
SocialismToday?     219
Money, Class, and Culture
Capital and Labor, an Old Story     229
Wealth, Addiction, and Poverty     234
Monopoly Culture and Social Legitimacy     243
The Flight from Class     250
Doing the World
Imperialism for Beginners     263
The Free Market Paradise Liberates Communist Europe     278
The Rational Destruction of Yugoslavia     286
To Kill Iraq     301
Good Things Happening in Venezuela     312
A Word about Terrorists     318
The Rest is History
Dominant History     331
Fascism, the Real Story     341
The Cold War is an Old War     352
The People as "Rabble" and "Mob"     366
Index     385
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