Michael Parenti Quotes

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Michael John Parenti is an American political scientist, academic historian and cultural critic who writes on scholarly and popular subjects.

Born September 30, 1933

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Best 48 Quotes by Michael Parenti

“Apathy's a problem but who cares?”

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“As demonstrated in Russia and numerous other countries, when faced with a choice between democracy without capitalism or capitalism without democracy, Western elites unhesitatingly embrace the latter.”

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“No surprise then that the pure socialists support every revolution except for the ones that succeed.”

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“People who think they're free in this world just haven't come to the end of their leash yet.”

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“The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.”

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“The powers that be not only try to control events, but they try to control our memory and understanding of these events, which is part of controlling the events themselves.”

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“The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment-or at least much handicap-to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need.”

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“You see there are people who believe the function of the police is to fight crime, and that's not true, the function of the police is social control and protection of property.”

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“You will have no sensation of a leash around your neck if you sit by the peg. It is only when you stray that you feel the restraining tug.”

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Against Empire Quotes

“Designed to leave the world's economic destiny at the mercy of bankers and multinational corporations, globalization is a logical extension of imperialism, a victory of empire over republic, international finance capital over democracy.”

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Against Empire

“Official Washington cannot tell the American people that the real purpose of its gargantuan military expenditures and belligerent interventions is to make the world safe for General Motors, General Electric, General Dynamics, and all the other generals”

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Against Empire

“The diseconomies of capitalism are treated as the public's responsibility. Corporate America skims the cream and leaves the bill for us to pay, then boasts about how productive and efficient it is and complains about our wasteful government.”

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Against Empire

“The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force.”

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Against Empire

“The last four secretaries of defense have pointed out that defense spending creates jobs. So do pornography, prostitution, and narcotics.”

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Against Empire

America Besieged Quotes

“One mechanism of repression is the grand jury.”

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America Besieged

Contrary Notions Quotes

“The most powerful ideologies are not those that prevail against all challengers but those that are never challenged because in their ubiquity they appear as nothing more than the unadorned truth.”

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Contrary Notions

Democracy for the Few Quotes

“Actually, the New Deal's central dedication was to business recovery rather than social reform.”

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Democracy for the Few

“All economic and political institutions are contrivances that should serve the interests of the people. When they fail to do so, they should be replaced by something more responsive, more just, and more democratic. Marx said this, and so did Jefferson. It is a revolutionary doctrine, and very much an American one.”

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Democracy for the Few

“Conservatives insist that government should be 'run more like a business'. One might wonder how that could be possible, since government does not market goods and services for the purpose of capital accumulation.”

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Democracy for the Few

“Even though the crime rate has dropped in recent years, the United States has more police per capita then any other nation in the world.”

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Democracy for the Few

“In almost every enterprise, government has provided business with opportunities for private gain at public expense. Government nurtures private capital accumulation through a process of subsidies, supports, and deficit spending and an increasingly inequitable tax system.”

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Democracy for the Few

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“It is ironic that people of modest means sometimes become conservative out of a scarcity fear bred by the very capitalist system they support.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The close relationship between politics and economics is neither neutral nor coincidental. Large governments evolve through history in order to protect large accumulations of property and wealth.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The crucial role communists played in organizing industrial unions in the 1930s and struggling for social reforms, peace, and civil rights strengthened rather then undermined democratic forces.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The Federalists also used bribes, intimidation, and fraud against opponents of the Constitution.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The peculiar danger of executive power is that it executes.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The rich have grown richer, but their tax rate has declined. The poor have grown poorer, but their taxes have increased.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The trick is to steal big.”

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Democracy for the Few

“The two party electoral system performs the essential function of helping to legitimate the existing social order.”

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Democracy for the Few

“There is a century-old saying: The dollar votes more times than the man.

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Democracy for the Few

“When change threatens to rule, then the rules are changed.”

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Democracy for the Few

Dirty Truths Quotes

“Archbishop Romero of El Salvador was a member of the Salvadoran aristocracy. He could not have risen to the top of the church hierarchy otherwise. But after he began voicing critical remarks about the war and concerned comments about the poor, he was assassinated.”

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Dirty Truths

“Conservatives are fond of telling us what a wonderful, happy, prosperous nation this is. The only thing that matches their love of country is the remarkable indifference they show toward the people who live in it.”

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Dirty Truths

“Editors and reporters are not as free and independent to invite a variety of opinions as they might think. They are free to say what they like only as long as their bosses like what they say. They are free to produce what they want if their product remains within acceptable political boundaries. You will have no sensation of a leash around your neck if you sit by the peg. It is only when your stray that you feel the restraining tug.”

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Dirty Truths

“Every ruling class has wanted only this: all the rewards and none of the burdens. The operational code is: we have a lot; we can get more; we want it all.”

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Dirty Truths

“In the end I created a career of my own, concentrating on my writing and lecturing, reaching larger audiences than I would had I ended up with tenure and a full teaching load. It was Virginia Woolf who said that it is terrible to be frozen out of a sacred tradition – but even more terrible to be frozen into it.”

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Dirty Truths

“Maintaining silence about a dirty truth is another way of lying, a common practice in high places.”

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Dirty Truths

“Revolutions are not push button affairs; rather, they evolve only if there exists a reservoir of hope and grievance that can be galvanized into popular action.”

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Dirty Truths

“Russia became a juicy chunk of the Third World, with immense reserves of cheap labor, a vast treasure of natural resources, and industrial assets to be sold off at giveaway prices.”

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Dirty Truths

“The dirty truth is that many people find fascism to be not particularly horrible.”

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Dirty Truths

“The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.”

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Dirty Truths

“To complain about how the media are dominated by liberals, Limbaugh has an hour a day on network television, an hour on cable, and a radio show syndicated by over 600 stations.”

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Dirty Truths

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“To make the world safe for those who own it, politically active elements of the owning class have created a national security state that expends billions of dollars and enlists the efforts of vast numbers of people.”

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Dirty Truths

“Union busting has become a major industry with more than a thousand consulting firms teaching companies how to prevent workers from organizing and how to get rid of existing unions.”

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Dirty Truths

Superpatriotism Quotes

“America is a simplified ideological abstraction, an emotive symbol represented by other abstract symbols like the flag. It is the object of a faithlike devotion, unencumbered by honest history.”

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Superpatriotism

“The American way is to criticize and debate openly, not to accept unthinkingly the doings of government officials of this or any other country.”

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Superpatriotism

The Anti-communist Impulse Quotes

“Our fear that communism might someday take over most of the world blinds us to the fact that anti-communism already has.”

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The Anti-communist Impulse

“The nation, like the church, has its visible symbols and insignia, its parchments engrossed with the revealed word, its dogmas, hymns, liturgy, holy day celebrations, its early Fathers, prophets and martyrs, its priesthood and its lay sodality, its myths of sacred genesis and apocalyptic crises, its world-saving mission and its missionaries.”

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The Anti-communist Impulse