May 21, 1989 |
The thrust and spirit of this book is acknowledged in the introduction, where the author says that although some will call him an extremist, "the extremists are already in power." From there on, his volume is a steadily unfolding indictment of the U.S. government and its policies, more or less what Karl Marx would present to a grand jury if he were a circa 1989 assistant U.S. attorney. As a result, the book is difficult to take seriously as anything resembling political science, despite the author's Ph.D.
June 10, 1990
For a book on the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has letters, clippings, anecdotes or other information relating to the disaster. MICHAEL PARENTI 2801 Adams Mill Road, NW Washington, D.C. 20009
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July 10, 1989
Davis' column skipped over an important point. There are thousands of voices speaking out at any moment about the problems facing America, but once an individual states the need for sweeping change he is likely to be denied access to the media. Intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky or Gore Vidal may get mention as personalities, but to get access to their ideas one has to know their names and look for them in a bookstore. There has been a campaign for the last several months to get a progressive counterpart to William Buckley et al on PBS, but with no results I've ever seen.
June 11, 1989
Michael Parenti's "The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race" succinctly reveals the sordid history of Western Imperialism that, to this date, victimizes the world's peoples, particularly in the Third World. One would never know this, though, from reading Kevin Phillips' "review" (Book Review, May 21). Instead of critically examining the thesis of the book, he simply dismisses it and redbaits the author by stating that the sources cited at the end of each chapter refer only to "New York's Monthly Review Press, International Publishers, Progress Publishers of Moscow and the like."
July 9, 1989
This is in response to Kevin Phillips' review of Michael Parenti's "The Sword and the Dollar" (Book Review, May 21). "Upsetting the Balance" was the title of Phillips' review: Upsetting the balance indeed! Where was the balance in Phillips' review? Phillips criticizes Parenti's citations, but fails to note that Parenti uses as sources such dangerous radicals as American Presidents and generals, Catholic bishops, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, World Policy Journal, Winston Churchill and others.
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March 24, 1996 |
Pat Buchanan wears it on Abbie Hoffman's old hat. Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren sell it on sweatshirts. Fine. It's a grand old flag, it's a high-flyin' flag. I guess Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver Nuggets guard, learned his lesson. He sat quietly in the locker room. Everybody else stood. They found him out and he paid. "Wherever and whenever it is displayed," says The New York Public Library Desk Reference, "the first requirement for flying the flag is that it be flown with respect."