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  1. America Besieged
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  2. 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 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.

Michael Parenti is considered one of the nation's leading progressive thinkers. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities. His writings have been featured in scholarly journals, popular periodicals, and newspapers, and articles and books of his have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish.


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My favorite author had always been Paul Krugman until I discovered Michael Parenti. With my apologies to Krugman, I find Parenti more eloquent than Krugman and also more critical of both the United States and capitalism, views that I had been developing myself for some time.

America Besieged is divided into five major sections: 1. Strange Politics 2. An Unjust Economy 3. A Dangerous State 4. Managed Media 5. Conclusion.

Here are a few quotes from the book.

"This book invites the reader to stop blaming the powerless and the poor and ..."

"Like any officeholder, the president plays a dual role that must satisfy the major interests of corporate America and high finance, and at the same time make a show of serving the public."

"Upon winning office, the free marketeers defund the public service, actively subvert it, and preside over its deterioration, while subsidizing the private contractors with R&D... Read more
Michael Parenti poses the right question: cui bono?
In the US for the wealthy few, not the many. The many are besieged in their own country by the few.
The few control the democratic process via a political duopoly and a near media monopoly. This monopoly brings another one in mainstream media ideology.
Michael Parenti is deadly right: democracy is based on distrust, not on yes-men who preach the same gospel.
The many are also besieged through the US budget, where a very big chunk goes to massive defence spending with juicy contracts and fat margins.
This book contains for me some extremely surprising facts. So is the First Amendment protection not valid for private-sector employees. They can be fired for their political views. Also, foreigners can be denied a visit to the US for ideological reasons.
On another level: Bill Clinton, like Jimmy Carter, is a member of the Bilderberg group.
I have nevertheless reservations for some extreme viewpoints of... Read more
This is an important book about how concentrations money and power distort American democracy. Parenti writes clearly and persuasively. I highly recommend this book.
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