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The fact that Spiro Agnew resigned in exchange for the dropping of charges of bribery, extortion and income tax evasion is not discredited by evasive angles. The fact that such facts are not discussed in most school textbooks is very much a political issue.
In regard to "credible sources," the first chapter alone of 'Democracy for the Few' refers to mainstream publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post 36 times and judiciously utilizes 14 references from alternative publications such as Multinational Monitor and The Nation whose bias is merely the undoing of the blatant anti-labor, pro-plutocracy bias of the mainstream corporate owned media. This same ratio applies relatively throughout the remaining chapters.
One of the central facts discussed in the book comes right out of the IRS Statistics of Income Bulletin, 1999-2000:
"Who Owns America?
The top 10 percent of American households own 98 percent of the tax-exempt state and local bonds, 94 percent of business assets, and 95 percent of the value of all trusts. The richest 1 percent own 60 percent of all corporate stock and all business assets. True, some 40 percent of families own some stocks or bonds, but almost all of these have total holdings of less than $2,000. Taking into account their debts and mortgages, 90 percent of American families have little or no net assets." (page 9)
Parenti then goes into how our political system is very much run by and for this tiny owning class and how the rest of us are affected by it.
The book is refreshingly clear, well written, entirely scholarly yet very engaging. None of the partial complaints "Timothy Kidd" cites below apply whatsoever.Read more ›
It's important to be factual here. My copy of this extraordinarily well researched book is the 5th edition, published in 1988. I see a lot of nonsense being put out against this book and would like to touch on 4 of them:
1. Texan Kevin K Gorman (Nov 12, 2002) says in his review that "McCarthyism is a commi word." Nonsense, unless Kevin is from another planet or has stepped from being a humble patriot to being a nationalist, McCarthy is a recognized shameful smudge on this great country. Nothing to do with Commie anything and the word is known the world over to be synonymus with arrogance and repression of individuals. And then "Plutocracy" is not a "commie word" either, it is an acceptable term in Political Science, used for when money controls a society. Comes from Greek ploutos which means wealth, so to explain: Rather than one vote, one man, a Plutocracy would be one dollar, one vote, one thousand dollars one thousand votes. Nothing commi[e] here either but has to do with explaining corruption in a Democracy. Also I checked in my copy on page 82 and see nothing about "electromagnetic mind control from satalites [sic] (p. 82)!". So some people shouldn't write reviews if they are unable to comprehend the meaning in the books they are reading or unable to understand basic facts. Sticking to facts is important.
2. Then Michael Gordon claims that Parenti doesn't want Americans to have cars. Come on! That is ridiculous. That is not a book review. Sticking to facts is important.
3. Matt Nuenke says it is just filled with venom and hate. Very superficial critique of Matt and inability to accept that all countries have some shortcomings to work out, starting by talking about the issues.Read more ›
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I read this book as an assigned text in my basic college poli-sci course. At that time I missed the point Dr. Parenti was making. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Lee A. Gronikowski
Well, this is unusual. I have a paperback copy of this book that was published in 1974 by St. Martin's Press, Inc. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Richard E. Noble
Michael Parenti leaves no stone unturned in explaining how it is the corporations ran away with our power of the vote. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by Angel Wings
I dont like it when hippies start writing books bout things! and I dont like Hippies and also I dont like books, unless im throwing books at hippies.Published on March 26, 2007 by genius!
I am taking a class that required me to have this book. I found myself reading ahead of what was required from the class.Published on March 10, 2007 by S. Moore
I had to read this book as a freshman in college in 1985 (it's since been updated). The professor offered an A to anyone who read it five times--so I did! Read morePublished on March 29, 2005 by Jay W. Richards
I am surprised at the lack of refutation of Mr. Sanchez's Oct. 30, 1998, comment to the effect that citation of one's own prior works is a sign of poor academic work. Read morePublished on March 5, 2005 by Luckspeare
Another of Parenti's amazing books, shocking in the exposure of the American government. Parenti creates a highly accessible read and a fascinating one.Published on September 20, 2004 by Elena Longoria
Yes -- get rid of the CIA! How many embarrasing failures and scandals must be exposed before this agency is seen for what it REALLY IS?!?! Read morePublished on June 2, 2004 by J. Judd