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Against Empire



Against Empire cover
0-87286-298-4 (paper)
City Lights Books, 1995

Richly informed and written in an engaging style, Michael Parenti’s Against Empire exposes the ruthless agenda and hidden costs of the U.S. empire. Documenting the pretexts and the lies used to justify violent intervention and maldevelopment abroad, he demonstrates how the conversion to a global economy is a victory of finance capital over democracy.

As much of the world suffers unspeakable misery, and as the Third-Worldization of the Unites States accelerates, civil society is impoverished by policies that benefit the rich and powerful transnational corporations and the national security state. The empire feeds off the resources of the republic, and the hard-won gains made by ordinary people are swept away.

The history of imperialism is also, however, a history of resistance, struggle, and achievement; Against Empire offers compelling alternatives for progressive change.

Contents

  • Imperialism 101
    An introduction to the process by which political and economic domination is achieved.
  • Imperial Domination (Updated)
    Poverty and maldevelopment: the products of present day U.S. imperialism.
  • Intervention: Whose Gain? Whose Pain?  
    The winners and losers of empire building.
  • Strong Empire, Weak Republic
    Ways that Americans pay the hidden costs of empire.
  • A Dreadful Success
    How U.S. leaders adroitly prevent the public from seeing how their policies succeed in serving the favored few.
  • Drugs, Lies and Video Wars
    More contrived justifications for violent U.S. intervention abroad.
  • Worthy Causes
    A critical look at three pretexts for U.S. military intervention: launching humanitarian missions, establishing electoral democracies, and discouraging weapons proliferation.
  • Democratic Governance vs The State
    How capitialist state interests undermine and defeat genuine democracy.
  • Voodoo Economics: The Third-Worldization of America
    How the deceptions perpetuated by our leaders to advance the interests of empire abroad are duplicated at home.
  • The Empire in Academia
    A close look at the discriminatory treatment anti-capitalist scholars receive at the university.
  • Real Alternatives
    Precise, rational ways to transform public policy to build democratic institutions.


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