By Michael Parenti

Blackshirts & Reds explores the various mammoth problems with our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology—terms frequently bandied approximately yet seldom explored within the unique and interesting method that has turn into Michael Parenti’s trademark.

Parenti indicates how “rational fascism” renders carrier to capitalism, how company energy undermines democracy, and the way revolutions are a mass empowerment opposed to the forces of exploitative privilege. He additionally maps out the exterior and inner forces that destroyed communism, and the disastrous impression of the “free-market” victory on japanese Europe and the previous Soviet Union. He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism, demonstrating the significance of sophistication research in figuring out political realities and working with the continued collision among ecology and worldwide corporatism.

Written with lucid and compelling sort, this ebook is going past truncated modes of proposal, inviting us to entertain iconoclastic perspectives, and to invite why issues are as they're. it's a daring and interesting exploration of the epic struggles of the day prior to this and today.

Michael Parenti is likely one of the nation’s major revolutionary thinkers. He lectures greatly round the nation and is the writer of soiled Truths, opposed to Empire, Democracy for the Few, Land of Idols: Political Mythology in the US, and lots of different books. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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We're seeing it right now in the [for­ mer J Soviet Union. The same guys who were communist thugs two years back, are now running banks and [are] enthusiastic free mar­ keteers and praising Americans" (Z Magazine, 10/95). S. corporate political culture he so frequently criticizes on other issues. In his mind, the revolution was betrayed by a coterie of "communist thugs" who merely hunger for power rather than wanting the power to end hunger. In fact, the communists did not "very quickly" switch to the Right but struggled in the face of a momentous onslaught to keep Soviet socialism alive for more than seventy years.

And through much of the year, families that depended solely on the seasonal sugar harvest lived close to starvation (Monthly Review, 3/96). How does that victimiza­ tion in prerevolutionary Cuba measure against the much more widely publicized repression that came after the revolution, when Castro's communists executed a few hundred of the previous regime's police assassins and torturers, drove assorted upper- class moneybags into exile, and intimidated various other opponents of radical reforms into silence?

I n the 1 980s, scores o f people were murdered in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Western Europe by extreme rightists in the service of state security agencies (Z Magazine, March 1 990). S. corporate­ owned media. As with the earlier strategy of tension in Italy, the attacks were designed to create enough popular fear and uncertainty so as to undermine the existing social democracies. Authorities in these Western European countries and the United States have done little to expose neo-Nazi networks.

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