Michael John Parenti (born September 30, 1933) is an American political scientist, academic historian and cultural critic who writes on scholarly and popular subjects. He has taught at universities as well as run for political office. Parenti is well known for his  Marxist  writings and lectures. He is a leading intellectual of the  American Left. 
Education and personal life [ edit ]
Michael Parenti was raised by an Italian-American working-class family in the
East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. After graduating from high school, Parenti worked for several years. Upon returning to school, he received a BA from the  City College of New York, an MA from Brown University and a PhD in political science from Yale University. Parenti is the father of  Christian Parenti, an academic, author and journalist. 
For many years Parenti taught political and social science at various institutions of higher learning. Eventually he devoted himself full-time to writing, public speaking, and political activism.
He is the author of 20 books and over 300 articles.  His works have been translated into at least 18 languages. 
Parenti lectures frequently throughout the United States and abroad.
Parenti's writings cover a wide range of subjects: U.S. politics, culture, ideology,
political economy, imperialism, fascism, communism, democratic socialism, free-market orthodoxies, conservative judicial activism, religion, ancient history, modern history, historiography, repression in academia, news and entertainment media, technology, environmentalism, sexism, racism, Venezuela, the wars in Iraq and Yugoslavia, ethnicity, and his own early life.   His book  Democracy for the Few, now in its ninth edition, is a critical analysis of U.S. society,
economy, and political institutions and a college-level political science textbook published by Wadsworth Publishing.  In recent years he has addressed such subjects as "Empires: Past and Present," "US Interventionism: the Case of Iraq," "Race, Gender, and Class Power," "Ideology and History," "The Overthrow of Communism," and "Terrorism and Globalization." 
1974, Parenti ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Vermont as the candidate of the democratic socialist Liberty Union Party; he came in third place, with 7.1% of the vote.  Parenti was once a friend of  Bernie Sanders, but he later split with Sanders over the latter's support for the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.  
In the 1980s, he was a visiting fellow at the
Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2003, the  Caucus for a New Political Science gave him a Career Achievement Award.
In 2007, he received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative  Barbara Lee.
He served for 12 years as a judge for
Project Censored. He also is on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network and  Education Without Borders as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought.
In 2012, when scheduled to speak at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, the Congress of North American Bosniaks wrote a letter of protest against hosting Parenti due to his
Bosnian genocide denialism, resulting in him being disinvited. 
Appearances in media [ edit ]
Apart from several recordings of some of his public speeches, Parenti has also appeared in the 1992 documentary
, the 2004 The Panama Deception Liberty Bound and 2013 Fall and Winter documentaries  as an author and social commentator.
Parenti was interviewed in
Boris Malagurski's documentary film (2014). The Weight of Chains 2 He was also interviewed for two episodes of the Showtime series  , speaking briefly about the Dalai Lama (Episode 305 – Holier Than Thou) and patriotism (Episode 508 – Mount Rushmore).
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
New York City-based
punk rock band Choking Victim use a number of samples from Michael Parenti's lectures in their album . No Gods, No Managers
Bibliography [ edit ]
Articles [ edit ]
Ethnic Politics and the Persistence of Ethnic Identification The American Political Science Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, 1967. (pp. 717–726)
Review Symposium: Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1970. (pp. 329–341)
The Possibilities for Political Change Politics & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1970. (pp. 79–90)
Power and Pluralism: A View from the Bottom The Journal of Politics, Vol. 32, No. 3, 1970. (pp. 501–530)
Repression in Academia: A Report from the Field Politics & Society, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1971. (pp. 527–537)
Book Review: The New Socialist Revolution Critical Sociology, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1974. (pp. 87–91)
Is Nicaragua More Democratic Than the United States? CovertAction Information Bulletin, No. 26, 1986. (p. 68)
State Power and the JFK Assassination Prevailing Winds, No. 1, 1997. (pp. 31–39) [a] Methods of Media Manipulation The Humanist, Vol. 57, No. 4, 1997. (pp. 5–7)
The Anti-Communist Impulse. Random House, 1970.
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy. Little, Brown, 1971.
Ethnic and Political Attitudes. Arno Press, 1975. ISBN 0-405-06413-6
Democracy for the Few
Power and the Powerless. St. Martin's Press, 1978. ISBN 0-312-63372-6, ISBN 0-312-63373-4
. 1986. Inventing Reality: The Politics of the Mass Media ISBN 0-312-02013-9
. St. Martin's Press, 1989. The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race ISBN 0-312-02295-6
. Make-Believe Media: the Politics of Entertainment St. Martin's Press, 1992. ISBN 0-312-05603-6, ISBN 0-312-05894-2
. Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America St. Martin's Press, 1993. ISBN 0-312-09497-3, ISBN 0-312-09841-3
. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1995. Against Empire ISBN 0-87286-298-4, ISBN 978-0-87286-298-2
. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1996. Includes some autobiographical essays. Dirty Truths ISBN 0-87286-317-4, ISBN 0-87286-318-2
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1997. ISBN 0-87286-329-8, ISBN 0-87286-330-1
San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights Books (1998). America Besieged. ISBN 0872863387. ISBN 0872863387.
History as Mystery. San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights Books (1999). ISBN 0872863573. ISBN 0872863646.
. To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia Verso, 2002. ISBN 1-85984-776-5
San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights Books (2002). The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond. ISBN 0872864057.
The New Press (2003). The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome. ISBN 1565847970.
. San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights Books (2004). Superpatriotism ISBN 978-0872864337.
Seven Stories Press (2006). The Culture Struggle. ISBN 1583227040. ISBN 978-1583227046.
Contrary Notions. City Lights Books (2007). ISBN 0872864820. ISBN 978-0872864825. 
God and His Demons. Prometheus Books (2010).
The Face of Imperialism. Paradigm (2011).
Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid's Life Bordighera Press (2013). Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies Routledge (2015).
Book chapters [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
^ The article Parenti wrote featuring in the first edition of the Prevailing Winds magazine was an adaptation from a lecture Parenti gave in
Berkeley, California on November 26, 1993.
References [ edit ]
"How Bernie Sanders, an Open Socialist, Won Burlington's Mayoral Election". jacobinmag.com . Retrieved . January 8, 2022
Parenti, Michael (January 1, 1998). "The Increasing Relevance of Marxism". Socialism and Democracy. 12 (1): 115–121. doi: 10.1080/08854309808428215. ISSN 0885-4300.
Boggs, Carl (June 1, 2012). "Reflections on Politics and Academia: An Interview with Michael Parenti". New Political Science. 34 (2): 228–236. doi: 10.1080/07393148.2012.676401. ISSN 0739-3148. S2CID 147258248.
Lattin, Don (April 5, 2010). "Review: 'God and His Demons,' by Michael Parenti". SFGATE . Retrieved . January 8, 2022
Carr, Paul R. (2011). . Peter Lang. p. 274. Does Your Vote Count?: Critical Pedagogy and Democracy ISBN . 978-1-4331-0813-6
Parenti, Michael (August 2007). "La Famiglia: An Ethno-Class Experience". Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader. City Lights Books. pp. 403. ISBN . 978-0-87286-482-5
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"Michael Parenti - The Humanities Institute - The Humanities Institute". Scripps CollegeScripps College. April 17, 2018 . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
Bergman, Tabe (January 1, 2019). ". "Old-New" Directions in Political Communication: Taking Michael Parenti's Media Criticism as a Guide" Frontiers in Communication. 4. doi: . 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00023 ISSN 2297-900X . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
"Christian Parenti". John Jay College of Criminal Justice. January 31, 2018 . Retrieved . December 12, 2019
Parenti, Michael (1996). "Struggles in Academe: A Personal Account". . Dirty Truths ISBN . 0-87286-317-4
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"Biography of Michael Parenti". Michael Parenti. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007 . Retrieved . December 25, 2007
"Articles and Other Published Selections". Michael Parenti. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007 . Retrieved . December 25, 2007
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Parenti, Michael (August 2007). . City Lights Books. pp. Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader 403. ISBN . 978-0-87286-482-5
"Books by Michael Parenti". Michael Parenti . Retrieved . December 25, 2007
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Parenti, Michael (February 2007). (Eight ed.). Wadsworth Publishing Company. p. 322. Democracy for the Few ISBN . 978-0-495-00744-9
CENGAGE Learning. "WADSWORTH CENGAGE Learning political science". Archived from the original on August 30, 2009 . Retrieved . January 3, 2008
"Elections Results Archive". VT Elections Database.
Sanders, Bernie (1997). "You Have to Begin Somewhere". . Outsider in the House
Zeitlin, Matthew (June 13, 2019). "Bernie's Red Vermont". The New Republic . Retrieved . October 5, 2021
^ Archived at
Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Michael Parenti on Bernie Sanders". YouTube.
Parenti, Michael (September 2, 2013). "The State of the Discipline: One Interpretation of Everyone's Favorite Controversy - PS: Political Science & Politics". PS: Political Science & Politics. 16 (2): 189–196. doi: 10.1017/S1049096500015043. ISSN 1537-5935. S2CID 155444644 . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
"Michael Parenti". Project Censored. May 24, 2015 . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
Parenti, Michael. "Michael Parenti Political Archive" . Retrieved . January 2, 2008
"Protest letter regarding genocide denier Michael Parenti". May 2012.
"Srebrenica-Denier Michael Parenti Disinvited to Speaking Engagement". August 11, 2012.
"Liberty Bound (2004)". BFI . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
"Fall and Winter on iTunes". iTunes. December 1, 2013 . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
"The Stars of the Film - The Weight of Chains 2010 - - Boris Malagurski films". The Weight of Chains. September 18, 2019 . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
Manner, Lauri (June 14, 2001). "Choking Victim - No Gods / No Managers". Punknews.org . Retrieved . January 13, 2022
External links [ edit ]
Michael Parenti's articles