Selasa, 20 September 2011

The Face of Imperialism

The Face of ImperialismParadigm Publishers, 2011

"A searing indictment of the ruthless nature of imperial capitalism. Eloquent, deeply researched, and beautifully argued, The Face of Imperialism is a truly wonderful book that is essential for understanding the world we live in. Parenti's compassionate voice is a much-needed corrective to the lies we are routinely fed." —Gregory Elich, author of  Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit

"Michael Parenti's study of imperialism provides a timely and incisive framework for understanding the upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East. His analysis of the links between autocrats and Washington is essential to comprehend the powerful tide of hostility that informs the popular revolutions." —James Petras, Bartle Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University
"Parenti's new book, The Face of Imperialism, is by far the best and boldest of all his formidable work. It meticulously exposes the disastrous consequences of the greed of multinational (mostly U.S.) corporations, and it documents how and why they control our government, which claims to foster democracy but systematically supports the dictatorships that cater to the profit motives of those corporations." —John Gerassi, Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY and author ofGreat Fear in Latin America and Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates
In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equally awesome growth in U.S. military power. These phenomena are often treated as independent developments. Here, Michael Parenti brings them together in a sharp critique aimed as much at errant liberals and certain Marxists as at the dominant political actors who have perpetrated the imperial lie.
Parenti adds shocking new evidence to the litany of injustices visited upon victims of U.S. imperialism: expropriation of their communal wealth and natural resources, complete privatization and deregulation of their economies, loss of local markets, deterioration of their living standards, a growing debt burden, and the bloodstained suppression of their democratic movements.
Just as compelling is Parenti's convincing case that the empire feeds off the republic. He shows how the richly financed corporate-military complex is matched at home by increasing poverty, the defunding of state and local governments, drastic cutbacks in human services, decaying infrastructure, and impending ecological disaster.
In this brilliant new book, Michael Parenti redefines empire and imperialism to connect the current crisis in America to its own bad behavior worldwide.
The Face of Imperialism makes clear that:  
  • The purpose of the U.S. global empire is not the pursuit of power for power's sake but power to fashion the world into a corporate dominated global free-market. There is a politico-economic content behind the pursuit of imperial power.
  • U.S. foreign policy is neither inept nor misguided. Rather, it is largely successful in serving the interests of transnational corporate America. This process of global expropriation by the superrich —often involving the use of force and violence— is what is known as imperialism.
  • Third World poverty is not a product of  "underdevelopment"  but of overexploitation and mal-development.
  • The drastic development of climate change is not a thing of the next generation or end of the century. Catastrophic changes are happening now. For us to survive we must roll back the empire, develop sustainable energy, and rid ourselves of the profit pathology.
Table of Contents
  • Thinking about Empire 
    Orthodoxy as "Objectivity" 
    The Myth of Innocent Empires 
    Not Just "Power for Powerís Sake" 
    Instrumental "Truths" and the Dominant Paradigm 
  • The Omnipresent Arsenal
    An Expensive Parasite Cui Bono? 
    Global Military Dominance 
    After the Red Menace 
  • Why US Rulers Seek Global Dominion 
    Determining Intent 
    Bolstering the Right-wing Autocrats 
    Suppressing the Leftist Rebels and Reformers 
    Enemies without End 
  • Deliberate Design 
    The Third Worldization of Eastern Europe 
    Other Rollbacks 
    Underlying Consistencies 
    When the Truth Slips Out 
    Secrecy and "Innocent Incompetence" 
    Anything Except Moneyed Interests 
  • How Moneyed Interests Create Poor Nations 
    "Only Themselves To Blame" 
    Wiping Out the Locals 
    Phony Aid It Works Well for Somebody 
  • Globalization for the Few 
    Introducing Globalization 
    Privatizing Nature 
    Free Trade vs. Public Service 
    Spreading Poverty 
    Bending the Rules 
    Some Confused Marxists 
  • Free Market Servitude 
    Impunity for The Oligarchs 
    Free Market Pauperism 
    The Global Sweatshop 
    Destroying Self Development 
    When Life Is Unregulatedóand Cheap 
    Another Free Market Disaster 
  • Target Cuba 
    The Enemy Offshore 
    Aggressing against the "Communist Aggressors" 
    Nonfalsifiable Hostility 
    One-way Freedom 
    Consistent Inconsistencies 
  • Satellites or Enemies 
    Yugoslavia: Privatization by Bombing 
    Iraq: Regime Change the Hard Way 
    Korea: "Sanity" at the Brink 
    Iran: Evil Threat du Jour 
    Venezuela: The Threat of Socialistic Reformism 
  • Rogue Imperium 
    A Successful Empire 
    Above International Law 
    Two-Party Imperialism 
    Bleeding the Republic 
    The Collapse of Empire? 
    Thinking Outside the Paradigm

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