Michael Parenti in Sarasota by Mitch E. Perry02/23/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
Michael Parenti is considered one of the country’s leading progressive political analysts.
Last night, in a benefit for Sarasota Community Radio WSLR, over 100 people attended his speech at New College in Sarasota.
Parenti has a PhD in Political Science from Yale University, has written over 20 books, and is a frequent lecturer.
He wrote “The Assassination of Julius Ceasar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome”, and often uses a historical analysis of past empires to understand American imperialism today.
Parenti quoted the Austrian historian Joseph Shoompayer. It’s a description of ancient Roman empire’s need to always be at war (roll tape#1 o.q.”the Roman People”)
Parenti asked rhetorically do the rulers of the world meet in private rooms to discuss their peoples fate? He says, yes, of course they do (roll tape#2 o.q.”they really are”)
The author and analyst then focused on Iraq. He said thinking that the situation there is failing assumes a non-existent community of interests between the people and the rulers (roll tape#3 o.q.”
Michael Parenti also discussed why foreign aid doesn’t work to reduce poverty – because, he says it’s not meant to. (roll tape#4 o.q.”to the moneyed few”)
That’s Michael Parenti, speaking on “Wars, Lies, and Empire” last night at the Sudakoff Center on the New College campus in Sarasota. Parenti’s appearance was for a fundraiser for Sarasota community radio station WSLR.
Special thanks to WMNF’s Brandy Doyle for recording Michael Parenti’s speech.