Michael Parenti


American Political Scientist, Writer, Historian and Culture Critic

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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.

One mechanism of repression is the grand jury.

The trick is to steal big.

Twelve states in the Great Plains have a wind energy potential greater then the electric use of our entire nation.

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

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

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

It may come as a surprise to some academics, but there is a marked relationship between economic power and political power.

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

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.

The media have been tireless in their efforts to suppress the truth about the gangster state.

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

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.

The mass media are class media.

The real danger we face is not from terrorism but what is being done under the pretext of fighting it.

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.

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.

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

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.

The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, cunning, 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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American Political Scientist, Writer, Historian and Culture Critic