The Darker Myths of Empire
Program #PARM038. Recorded in Glen Ellyn, IL on November 16, 2005.
Michael Parenti exposes the myths that underpin empire. He says,
“There’s an enormous disparity between what empires actually do and
how they are represented in history. Empires are mostly written about by
people who live in the imperial countries. So the treatment of empires is
rather celebratory. They are often represented as bringing stability,
justice and prosperity to their subject peoples. They bring order where
there had been disorder.” Parenti quotes historians Edward Gibbon and
Cyril Robinson as examples of how myths are propagated. In his
characteristic eloquent and cutting style, Parenti demolish the fantasies
surrounding imperial history.
Recorded at College of Du Page.
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