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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:52 PM
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Any DU'ers watching C-Span II with Michael Parenti interviewed by Brian Lamb from 2003?
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 06:55 PM by KoKo01
It's been great. It's before Brian Lamb turned "conservative." He was actually questioning Parenti about the wisdom of Bush Invading Iraq! Back then Brian used to do some great interviews..

What has happened to Brian? He's not doing his "Conservative Friday," anymore.

But, it's been a great interview about his book about Rome. Parenti says he's buddies with Howard Zinn but he knows Chomsky.

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Why did a group of Roman senators gather near Pompey's theater on March 15, 44 B.C., to kill Julius Caesar? Was it their fear of Caesar's tyrannical power? Or were these aristocratic senators worried that Caesar's land reforms and leanings toward democracy would upset their own control over the Roman Republic? Parenti (History as Mystery, etc.) narrates a provocative history of the late republic in Rome (100-33 B.C.) to demonstrate that Caesar's death was the culmination of growing class conflict, economic disparity and political corruption. He reconstructs the history of these crucial years from the perspective of the Roman people, the masses of slaves, plebs and poor farmers who possessed no political power. Roughly 99% of the state's wealth was controlled by 1% of the population, according to Parenti. By the 60s B.C., the poor populace had begun to find spokesmen among such leaders as the tribunes Tiberius Gracchus and his younger brother, Gaius. Although the Gracchi attempted to introduce various reforms, they were eventually murdered, and the reform movements withered. Julius Caesar, says Parenti, took up where they left off, introducing laws to improve the condition of the poor, redistributing land and reducing unemployment. As Parenti points out, such efforts threatened the landed aristocracy's power in the Senate and resulted in Caesar's assassination. Parenti's method of telling history from the "bottom up" will be controversial, but he recreates the struggles of the late republic with such scintillating storytelling and deeply examined historical insight that his book provides an important alternative to the usual views of Caesar and the Roman Empire.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Howard Zinn
Always provocative and eloquent.

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 07:01 PM
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1. sigh....no DU'ers care about "Booknotes" anymore...expanding minds?
Is everyone GAMING?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 07:14 PM
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2. I saw that before
I adore Michael Parenti. He has a great website and I have at least four editions of Democracy for the Few.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:16 PM
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3. well thanks..he has some "You Tube's" also....if one searches under his name. n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:17 PM
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4. I saw one of his lectures on UTube but I'll search for others n/t
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:18 PM
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5. Thanks...I"m just searching, too." n/t
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 08:30 PM by KoKo01
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:24 PM
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7. Watch this one
Is Bush a Failure
http://digg.com/world_news/Is_Bush_A_Failure_Michael_Pa...

FORA TV has some great stuff.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:23 PM
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6. I found TWO "You Tubes" ...if anyone wants to watch....one has stuff about Clinton...
but I'm posting it before I watch so I don't know if either are any good. If you have time..here's the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKMspN-7Co

and this one about Bill Clinton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61hXsf8Qu1M
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:31 PM
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8. Here are some more Parenti videos
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:34 PM
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9. thanks...gonna watch stuff, tonight....
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