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The Face of Imperialism by Michael Parenti
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Feb 11, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, culture
Read in February, 2012

What to say about this book? I started out thinking I wouldn't like it very much, but quickly became absorbed. Michael Parenti writes clearly and thoroughly about issue that are impacting all of us - not just Americans, but people everywhere. I learned a lot about the motives behind what the US "empire" is doing and why they are doing it. I learned about what "free trade" and "globalization" really mean. It means that the transnational corporations now own everything throughout the world. Free trade rules manages to maintain the ability of the corporations to have more rights than "people" - and he explains "why" and "how"

He shows how U.S. foreign policy is neither inept nor confused... as they sometimes try to pretend. I especially liked the part about how Bush wasn't as stupid as he appears to be. The list of things he accomplished for the wealthy was really amazing
Throughout all the presidencies (be they Democrats or Republicans), the U.S. policy of "empire" has remained consistent and successful in serving the interests of the rich and powerful, in keeping the world safe for the transnational corporations, in making sure that most of the world remains weak, poor, compliant, so that the plutocracy remains strong, rich, and dominant.

I also found this book very helping in understanding policies toward Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. I started writing a book several years ago - that I never finished :( - where I talked about how I used to feel sorry for other countries because they did not get real and honest news, and then I learned that 'we" were the ones who were being lied to and misled. Mr. Parenti greatly elaborates on that
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