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    Best chapters 6 7 8 9 6 and 7 show really well just how disastrous the end of socialism was and 8 and 9 are a pretty good introduction todefence of Marxism as a way of understanding the world although from a certain perspective that's very Parenti kind of reductive proto 99% stuff although I don't mean that in a bad way 1 and 2 are also pretty decent 1 goes into how fascists were actually supported by capitalists for entirely rational class based reasons 2 talks about how revolutions are good and violent revolution is forced by the ruling class The big problem with these 2 is their lack of detail on some stuff 3 is a bit eh about left anticommunism like I agree with a decent amount of it but sometimes it feels a little unfair but mostly cause it starts talking about the Soviet Union and it's like hmm Chapter 4 and 5 are pretty bad although I appreciate pointing out how exaggerated the totalitarian claim is even if it's only vaguely pointed out Bizarrely chapter 4 almost descends into right anti communism The rest of this review will probably sound weirdIn chapter 4 Parenti describes problems of the USSR economy post WW2 and it sounds like an ultra leftist's dream societyNot surprisingly work discipline left much to be desired There was the clerk who chatted endlessly with a friend on the telephone while a long line of people waited resentfully for service the two workers who took three days to paint a hotel wall that should have taken a few hours the many who would walk off their jobs to go shoppingThe autonomists would be proud I feel he really sells the system short here repeating the old claim that central planning was too inefficient if so what is the advantage of socialism at all? Outside of the idea of totalitarianism it feels like he endorses near every Western view about the inefficiencies of the socialist system Yet it's clear from what he says elsewhere that even with these inefficiencies the USSR was able to deliver a decent standard of living for everyone To have a whole chapter chapter 4 which is a weird bashing of the socialist states and featuring many claims about disincentives to work and even human nature is kind of frustrating cause it feels so out of place Here another big problem of his style of writing shines through his reluctance to actually cite anything Big claims don't get cited even when they're controversial For me it's most noticeable here because so much is basically anecdotal evidence treated as wider fact but it re occurs throughout the book and weakens his persuasiveness if you disagree with the left in general you're just going to be asking for evidence regularly and in this chapter you're going to be asking for evidence if you're a communistMaybe Parenti is a bit of a Bukharinite In chapter 3 while endorsing the autocratic economic direction that the USSR actually took in order to build up an industrial base he sees and endorses a second path moving in a liberalized direction allowing polit­ical diversity autonomy for labor unions and other organiza­tions open debate and criticism greater autonomy among the various Soviet republics a sector of privately owned small busi­nesses independent agricultural development by the peasantry greater emphasis on consumer goods and less effort given to the kind of capital accumulation needed to build a strong military­ industrial base The latter course I believe would have produced a com­fortable humane and serviceable society Siege socialism would have given way to worker consumer socialism It's hard to disagree with the idea of union autonomy etc exactly but stuff like privately owned small businesses? Certainly an unusual take on communism kind of Yugoslavite The decision by Soviet leaders to achieve military parity with the United States while working from a much smaller industrial base placed a serious strain on the entire Soviet economy while at the same time recognising that the USSR was still in a state of siege even then it wasn't so much a decision as a reaction to the circumstances forced upon them something he accepts while taking about pre WW2 USSR This isn't to say that the military spending was right and proper or anything but it wasn't some strange bolt from the blue the thing about the siege socialism he describes is that it was never able to end because socialism was always under siegeHe's great at writing against the USA and against anti communism but he's much worse at mounting an effective defence of socialist countries He devotes a couple pages maybe to pointing out things that are genuinely worth shouting about far higher life expectancies universal literacy healthcare access to culture much reduced homelessness and unemployment etc but that's about it Yes it's clear from what he says about the collapse of socialism that it was an absolute disaster chapters 6 and 7 are blistering polemic really great writing but that doesn't really convince the uninitiated that communist ideologies are good Instead he mounts an attack on the incredibly inflated death count attributed to the USSR and Stalin specifically but it's not particularly inspiring to read oh well only 2 million people were in the gulags or something especially when it's tied with portrayal of Stalin as purely some weird power hungry dictator there's no wider class or historical explanation of what happened past the talk of a siege For most genuinely curious people the uestion is less well how many people did Stalin kill and if a significant number of people died or were killed how can we stop this happening again if I support communism I just feel it's not very convincing from that perspective and it's almost just missing the point Even if the death counts are massively inflated those deaths are still horrifying Parenti completely acknowledges this and attacks Stalin but because he can't provide any explanations or give any alternatives it's not a promising or convincing defence Maybe I'm harping on about this a bit much but it's a confusing and very limited defence of the USSR to a large extent it's only defended because it was better than what followedthe USA even though in reality there was a lot to it I dunno I'm not much of an expert on the USSR myself The chapters I said at the start are good but not good enough to overcome my hesitation about the chapters I didn't like But I do really appreciate how easy to read his writing style is


  2. says:

    A great offering by Parenti Written with argumentative clarity and devoid of theoretical jargon this book responds to both the anti communist left and right I recommend this book as a great foundation for anybody interested in the debate regarding communism's historical merits in opposition to capitalism or anarchism Light reading which packs a punch


  3. says:

    A must read for anyone with a political interest This work defends Marxism against its most commom criticisms from anti Communists both right and left wing Additionally the work looks at what occurred in the countries that fell to capitalism in the 90s


  4. says:

    Surprisingly disappointing and I say this as someone who agrees with virtually everything Parenti says in this book The most frustrating aspect of his writing is how infreuently he uses citations He makes a number of great points about both Communism and Capitalism though the latter are mostly truisms any Marxist knows but he rarely gives one access to further reading A good polemic but a bit outdated and definitely too schematic I would recommend individual chapters his early ones on the fall of Communism are the best but not the book as a whole Maybe though my critiue has to do with the fact that much of what he states is obvious to me so maybe that's my problem but his writing definitely suffers from a number of oversimplifications which would make it easy for any Liberal to dismiss his arguments in a second


  5. says:

    While people run to buy Orwell's 1984 in the wake of the re emergence of hard right or fascist power around the world they would be better served to read Parenti instead This book is essential and since its warnings and prescriptions have gone unheeded for 20 years it is even urgently essential today than it was when published


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    To say that socialism doesn't work is to overlook the fact that it did In Eastern Europe Russia China Mongolia North Korea and Cuba revolutionary communism created a life for the mass of people that was far better than the wretched existence they had endured under feudal lords military bosses foreign colonizers and Western capitalists The end result was a dramatic improvement in living conditions for hundreds of millions of people on a scale never before or since witnessed in history 85Parenti provides an insightful analysis of left anti communism and how it serves the ruling class providing a timely but careful explanation of what communism was and why his political allies get it wrong


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    Magnificent This is something you can suggest to people who want to start reading leftist literature


  8. says:

    Hard to put down Fascinating discussion of several Cold War angles on the overthrow of communism not to be touched elsewhere Great short very readable intro on many points Will be too taboo for some but raises plenty of fascinating uestions for further research


  9. says:

    Michael Parenti is a voice of sanity in these dark times when there exists a not too small section of self important self indulgent intellectuals who pretend to be on the Left and are too uick to be swayed by capitalist realism and unhelpful pessimism downplaying the relevance of Marxism going even so far as to fall in line with those trends of thought which euate communism with fascism I can only give a statutory warning to those who fall in this category advising them NOT to pick up this book because beware folks your hands are about to get burned


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    I'd recommend this book to all people who consider themselves to be leftists; especially to those Fukuyamaist social democrats who think that capitalism is here to stay and it's the best we've got and we should just fight for social reforms rather than an entire system change even though the welfare capitalism has systematically been disintegrated everywhere in the West since the overthrow of socialist countries and even though the economic exploitation of the so called Third World is greater than ever the few rich Western countries extract over 3 trillion dollars a year from the poor countries in the world impoverishing them further and further; that's why over 45 billion people live in chronic poverty and it's a growing number of people and social democracy can do nothing about that because it's still the profit driven capitalist system that needs to expand and grow infinitely at the same time absolutely destroying the environment I would also really recommend this book to anarchist comrades because denouncing Marxist Leninists and socialism that actually existed as a failure or simply totalitarian is just plain false and shooting yourself in the foot as Parenti demonstrates in his book As Parenti himself writes To say that 'socialism doesn't work' is to overlook the fact that it did In Eastern Europe Russia China Mongolia North Korea and Cuba revolutionary communism created a life for the mass of people that was far better than the wretched existence they had endured under feudal lords military bosses foreign colonizers and Western capitalists The end result was a dramatic improvement in living conditions for hundreds of millions of people on a scale never before or since witnessed in history State socialism transformed desperately poor countries into modernized societies in which everyone had enough food clothing and shelter; where elderly people had secure pensions; and where all children and many adults went to school and no one was denied medical attention Some of us from poor families who carry the hidden injuries of class are much impressed by these achievements and are unwilling to dismiss them as merely 'economistic'This book shows very well backed up by evidence that capitalism needs fascism to survive and it shows how bad people's lives were before state socialism and how horrible it became after state socialism was overthrown by reactionary and Western capitalist forces surplus deaths estimated at 77 million in Russia alone due to the extreme free market reforms in the 1990's It also offers the best critiue on communism at least what I've read I don't consider myself a Marxist Leninist however to overlook the accomplishments of ML regimes all through out the 20th century is like burying your head in the sand and ignoring history We should learn about these countries rather than say some weak ass shit like communism doesn't work Because they who control the past control the futureI think that's Orwell but we'll forgive him for his Red bashing


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Blackshirts and Reds Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

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Blackshirts Reds explores some of the big issues of our time fascism capitalism communism revolution democracy and ecology terms often bandied about but seldom explored in the original and exciting way that has become Michael Parenti’s trademarkParenti shows how “rational fascism” renders service to capitalism how corporate power undermines democracy and how revolutions are a mass empowerment against the forces of exploitative privilege He also maps out the external and internal forces that destroyed communism and the disastrous impact of the “free market” victory on eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism demonstrating the importance of class analysis in understanding political realities and dealing with the ongoing collision betwee. Best chapters 6 7 8 9 6 and 7 show really well just Marilyn, Elvis, le prince William et moi just

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Unters between the insatiable need for new capital on the one hand and the survival of a system under siege on the other Parenti defines fascism as the weapon of capitalism not simply an extreme form of it Fascism is not an aberration he points out but a rational and integral component of the system Stan Goff The PrismMichael Parenti PhD Yale is an internationally known author and lecturer He is one of the nation's leadiing progressive political analysts He is the author of over 275 published articles and twenty books His writings are published in popular periodicals scholarly journals and his op ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. Magnificent This is something you can suggest to pe Those Good Gertrudes journals and his op ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. Magnificent This is something you can suggest to pe

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N ecology and global corporatismWritten with lucid and compelling style this book goes beyond truncated modes of thought inviting us to entertain iconoclastic views and to ask why things are as they are It is a bold and entertaining exploration of the epic struggles of yesterday and todayA penetrating and persuasive writer with an astonishing array of documentation to implement his attacks The Catholic Journalist Blackshirts Reds discusses the great combat between fascism and socialism that is the defining feature of the Twentieth Century and takes every official version to task for its substitution of moral analysis for critical analysis for its selectivity and for its errata By portraying the struggle between fascism and Communism in this century as a single conflict and not a series of discrete enco. To say that socialism doesn't work is to overlook t