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Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.
"A prolific author, a charismatic speaker, and a regular guest on radio and television talk shows, Parenti communicates his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists and thinkers." Aurora Online, January 2004
"Michael Parenti is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever."  — Cornel West
"Parenti offers a valuable rebuttal to the drumbeat...from the right."  New York Times Book Review
"A penetrating and persuasive writer with an astonishing array of documentation to implement his attacks." The Catholic Journalist
"Here at home and throughout the world people are fighting back against the forces of   wealth, privilege, and militarism — some because they have no choice, others because   they would choose no other course but the one that leads to peace and justice." Michael Parenti

Recent Books

The Face of Imperialism The Face of Imperialism
"Michael Parenti's The Face of Imperialism is a powerful, frightening, and honest book. It will be hated by those who run the Empire, and it will be loved by people who are searching for truth amidst the piles of garbage of Western propaganda. Above all, this book will be like a bright spark of hope for billions of men, women, and children who are fighting this very moment for survival, defending themselves against the Empire and against all monstrous faces and masks of imperialism."
Andre Vltchek, author of Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad
Paradigm Publishers (Available April 2011)

GodandHisDemons God and His Demons
Michael Parenti brings his critical acumen and gifted writing skills to bear on the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history. This is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. The focus is on the threat posed by fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries. Historically anchored and biblically informed, this eloquent indictment of organized religion's delusions and abuses will be welcomed by secular laypersons and progressive religionists alike.
Prometheus Books (Available March 2010)

Contrary Notions
Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader
Here is a rich buffet of his deep but lucid writings on real history, political life, empire, wealth, class power, technology, culture, ideology, media, environment, gender, and ethnicity -- along with a few choice selections drawn from his own life experiences and political awakening.
August 2007 (Available Now)

The Assassination of Julius Caesar

A People's History of Ancient Rome
June 2003
Chosen “Book of the Year” 2004 (nonfiction)
by Online Review of Books.

Recent Articles:

Campaign Money NEW

Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet
posted March 2011

Campaign Money The Mafia and Me
posted January 2011

Campaign Money
Money Is Still the Name of the Game
posted December 2010

Roman Catholic Church Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle
posted May 2010

Melting Pot
Italian American Identity: To Be or Not To Be
posted October 2009

Capitalism's Self-inflicted Apocalypse posted January 2009

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Michael Parenti vs. God and His Demons

Part Two is now available! See link, above.
New World Notes News
Vol. 3, No. 17 & 18 -- April 25, 2010
This Fortnight in New World Notes, radio programs #112 & 113, April 27 & May 4:
Michael Parenti
vs. God and His Demons
Good guy, in Parenti's book:
unorthodox thinker & monk Giordano Bruno
(burned at the stake by the Inquisition in 1600)
In brief:
In a telephone interview with me of April 6, political scientist Michael Parenti discusses his new book, about Organized Religion, God and His Demons (Prometheus Books). We'll replay the conversation over two installments of the radio program.
In the first part (NWN #112), Parenti talks about rampant child sexual abuse by the Christian (and other) clergy and the coverup thereof--and now, at the Vatican, the coverup of the coverup. He talks about the oppressive Buddhist theocracy in Tibet before the Chinese Communists took over. He talks about our society's ignoring some sins frequently denounced in the Bible--e.g., charging high interest rates ("usury")--while we piously condemn "sins" the Bible never mentions (gay marriage, abortion). And he rebuts creationism, "Intelligent Design," . . . and some of the conclusions of Charles Darwin.
In the second part (#113), Parenti discusses the unholy alliance of the Church, the nation-state, and economic power; ... FEMA's enlistment of the clergy to preach obedience to authority if and when martial law is imposed; ... and the Christian Right's takeover of the Air Force Academy. He ends with praise for 2 unorthodox 16th-century Christians--Montaigne and Giordano Bruno--and explaining why, despite everything, he's not an atheist.
Bad guys, in Parenti's book: Televangelist Robert Tilton, Cardinal
William Levada
. For his services in protecting pedophile priests as
Archbishop of Portland (Oregon, 1986-1995) and then Archbishop
of San Francisco (1995-2005)--and in bankrupting the Archdiocese
of Portland--Levada was promoted to Cardinal and given a very
high church office in Rome--Head of the Inquisition. Sorry: "Prefect
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."
As for Tilton, that "giant sucking sound" you hear is money being
removed from the wallets of the poor and desperate.

Notes and credits


This week's song: Roy Zimmerman, Creation Science 101
Next week's: Roy Zimmerman, Jerry Falwell's God

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