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- DescriptionFrom market crisis to market boom, from welfare to wealth care, from homelessness to helplessness, and an all-out assault on the global environment-these are just some of the indecencies of contemporary ecomic life that Profit Pathology takes on. Here, Michael Parenti investigates how class power is a central force in our political life and, yet, is subjected to little critical discernment. He tes how big-moneyed interests shift the rules of the game in their favor while unveiling the long march by reactionaries through the nation's institutions to undo all the gains of social democracy, from the New Deal to the present. Parenti also traces the exploitative ecomic forces that have operated through much of American history, including the mass displacement and extermination of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans. Parenti is a master at demonstrating the impact of momaniacal profit accumulation on social services-especially health care-and human values. Here he takes us one step further, showing how unrestrained capitalism ultimately endangers itself, becoming a self-devouring beast that threatens us all. Finally, he calls for a solution based on democratic diversity and public ownership- because it works.
- Author BiographyMichael 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).
- Author(s)Michael Parenti
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication04/03/2015
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight282 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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- mark-n-carolyn15 Sep, 2016by
Michael Parenti in fine form
If you are a devotee of Michael Parenti, you will be very familiar with the themes in this book: Multi-Nationals colluding with & controlling governments to extract every drop of value out of the world & it's people, the only motive: profit, irrespective of any negative environmental or social consequences. Parenti puts forward the idea of "social democracy" as a viable alternative to unchecked capitalism. (Although he does not offer any practical means by which it may be introduced.) The book is well researched and referenced. It is thought provoking. If you are not familiar with Parenti's work, this book may shock you.
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