Internationally acclaimed, award winning author Michael Parenti is one of America's most astute and engaging political analysts. Covering a wide range of subjects, Parenti's work has enlightened and enlivened readers for many years. Here is a rich buffet of his deep but lucid writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, gender, and ethnicity - along with a few choice selections drawn from his own life experiences and political awakening.
Parenti serves on the board of judges for Project Censored, and on numerous advisory boards as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. He is the author of twenty books- Cody's Books
Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad.
Michael Parenti has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. In 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.
During his earlier teaching career he received grants or fellowships from the Louis Rabinowitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Brown University, Yale University, State University of New York, and the University of Illinois. For several years he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
He now serves on the board of judges for Project Censored, and on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought.
One thing I forgot to add. When you read some neo-con and Trilateralist (Grand Chessboard) rhetoric and philosophy on how utterly vital and absolutely necessary this "war on terror" was considered to be to US hegemony, global domination, and the domination of global corporatism ...
and THEN if you read that an attack on America was utterly vital and absolutely necessary for the war to commence ...
then you may arrive at my conclusion that BOTH were necessary, according to some of the most powerful people in America, rife with Pentagon and Intell and Elite Rulership connections, those most possessing the motive, means, and opportunity to carry it out
but you may ALSO ask whether they would place the entire Project hinging on the willingness of ostensible "Islamic radicals" to kill themselves (otherwise depicted as hedonistic playboys into drinking, drugs, strippers, whores, cocaine, gambling, Republicans (Sun Cruz ship), and visiting US military bases). Wouldn't that represent an unacceptable risk of failure to the Project?
If I were a ruthless Machiavellian pro-fascist (Ledeen openly so) leader, I would never rely on Arab pasties. No, I would use Arab patsies to play the PR role (wittingly or unwittingly, pretty obviously directed by CIA) of "Islamic Radicals", but I would steer the planes using decades-old Remote Control Flight Technology to guarantee the success of the hits with military precision.
I don't trust Web Tarpley and LaRouche, but I appreciate Tarpley's suggestion that Able Warrior was the military's defense games with the other half being Able Danger, the ostensible enemy side of the same games. As you recall, some 5 Terabytes of data was erased on high orders.
Both Pentagon strategist Thomas P.M. Barnett (in his Powerpoint lectures) and Henry Kissinger (speaking with Charlie Rose) confirmed that the War on Terror has always been a war for Corporate Globalization, and "terrorists" are anyone opposed to globalization. Some of the Bush admin's PR groups for "pro-military" messages have echoed Barnett's message about turning Iraq into another global sweatshop to support Walmart, and the Walmartization of the world as being a goal of US policy.
I'm glad that MP has finally noticed that PNAC had stated the NEED for a "casus belli" to invade Iraq, about one year prior. PNAC (156 signers, many of them Bush admin officials, funded by the Bradley Foundation) had also been pressing for this war for years, but other officials and groups besides PNAC also spoke of the NEED for a catastrophic event like Pearl Harbor.
I was astonished that Parenti -- one of my heroes -- characterized 9-11 facts as "conspiracy theory", a few years ago.
The Sept 11 attacks were MORE than a conspiracy by Bush, etc. It was US foreign and domestic policy, in writing, albeit informal (i.e. espoused by 3rd parties and then partly cut-and-pasted into Bush Doctrine and many laws). Parenti states the reasons -- corporate globalization, as envisioned by the Pentagon.