From market crisis to market boom, from welfare to wealth care, from homelessness to helplessness, and an all-out assault on the global environment-these are just some of the indecencies of contemporary economic life that Profit Pathology takes on. Here, Michael Parenti investigates how class power is a central force in our political life and, yet, is subjected to little critical discernment. He notes how big-moneyed interests shift the rules of the game in their favor while unveiling the long march by reactionaries through the nation's institutions to undo all the gains of social democracy, from the New Deal to the present. Parenti also traces the exploitative economic forces that have operated through much of American history, including the mass displacement and extermination of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans. Parenti is a master at demonstrating the impact of monomaniacal profit accumulation on social services-especially health care-and human values. Here he takes us one step further, showing how unrestrained capitalism ultimately endangers itself, becoming a "self-devouring beast" that threatens us all. Finally, he calls for a solution based on democratic diversity and public ownership-"because it works."
Table of Contents
Part One: Class, Race, and Empire Chapter 1 Thinking about the Great Class Divide Chapter 2 Ethnicity and Exploitation: A Quick History of the Boiling Pot Chapter 3 Empire in Extremis? Some Urgent Notations Part Two: The Corporate Beast at Home Chapter 4 A Case of Death and Profits Chapter 5 Free Market Medicine: A Personal Account Chapter 6 Free Market Medicine: More True Stories Part Three: Cultural Aberrations and Other Oppressions Chapter 7 Pedophiles, Popes, Priests, Preachers, and Papa Chapter 8 Inequality: 85 Billionaires and the Poorer Half Part Four: Global Rule and Ruin Chapter 9 Capitalism, a Self-Devouring Beast Chapter 10 Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet Epilogue The Next Trip
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“Michael Parenti is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever.”
“Radical in the true sense of the word, [Parenti] digs at the roots which . . . sustain our public consciousness.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A prolific author, a charismatic speaker, and a regular guest on radio and television talk shows, Parenti communicates his message in an accessible, provocative, and historically informed style that is unrivaled among fellow progressive activists and thinkers.”