Face of Imperialism: Responsibility-Taking in the Political World Paperback – 20 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Michael Parenti is an internationally known, award-winning author, scholar, and lecturer who addresses a wide variety of political and cultural subjects. Among his recent books are God and His Demons (2010), Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (2007), The Culture Struggle (2006), The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003), and Democracy for the Few, 9th edition (2010).
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Empires, like wars, are not made by accident. They are built on the denial of the democratic right of nations to self-determination. They are imposed and maintained by force and fraud, through a variety of economic, political, military and cultural institutions and arrangements.
Parenti points out empires depend on the countries they run: the poor countries in the world are not so much under-developed as over-exploited.
He notes an October 1970 cable to CIA operatives in Chile from Kissinger's `Track Two' group (released more than 30 years later) said, "It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup ... We are to continue to generate maximum pressure toward this end utilizing every appropriate resource. It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG [United States Government] and American hand be well hidden." This combination of violence and denial is all too typical of imperial behaviour and is a pattern repeated today.
The US state regularly denounces Cuba as a dictatorship, but Parenti observes that Fidel Castro promised to open Cuba's press to counter-revolutionaries when the US state allowed American communists regular exposure in the USA's major media.
And even the US Interests Section had to admit that Cuba's `human rights groups' "lack demonstrable evidence of persecution ... Almost none show proof of house searches, interrogations, detention, or arrest."
Myths die in these pages... and happily so.
Wealth and prosperity do not come from the capitalist free market system - - - surprise, surprise!
Read it, weep and then celebrate that you are now a wiser and more eye-opened individual.
For Michael Parenti, imperialism is not only a question of power and dominance, but, more importantly, of real material interests, and, more precisely, of transnational investments and capital accumulation. It is a process whereby the dominant investment interests (capitalists) of one country use their political, military, economic and financial clout to grab land, the labor of the population, capital, natural resources, commerce and markets of less powerful countries.
Imperialism knows only two types of nations: satellites (vassals) and enemies.
Free trade, globalization, the media
Major means to secure and extend imperial dominant interests are free trade and globalization. Free trade is devised to leave the world's economic and environmental fate to the mercy of bankers and transnational corporations. Globalization, which promotes free trade, is a logical emanation of imperialism. It is a victory of the imperial international financial and commercial interests on local producers and merchants. Free trade and globalization constitute also a direct attack on the democratic sovereignty of independent nations and their right to social wage settings. For Michael Parenti, free trade agreements (NAFTA, WTO) are nothing less than a global hold-up committed by large transnational companies.
Another important issue is the reporting by the `mass' media.Read more ›
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Parenti always goes that extra step. He doesn't backpedal or say less than he sees. He doesn't worry about keeping close to the "respectable opinions" handed out by the media and the White House.
After reading this book, we come away knowing much more about the world and much more about what the U.S. empire really is doing to us and everyone else. We come to understand why U.S. leaders (be they Democrats or Republicans) support certain kinds of dictators and "democracies" while opposing other kinds. I find this book very handy in helping me understand what is happening in the Arab world.
Mr. Parenti does extensive research and writes clearly and incisively. You may occasionally disagree with him, but his writing will open your mind to seeing the issues in a fresh way. We all need to question our long held beliefs, and Mr. Parenti is excellent at making us delve into and question them.
This book is a fast and insightful read for all of you who are interested in the political and the moral ramifications of our government's interaction with countries of our world.