The Darker Myths of Empire
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 demolishes the fantasies
surrounding imperial history.
Recorded at College of DuPage.
Michael Parenti is one of this country’s foremost independent political analysts. Cornel West calls him, “a towering prophetic voice.” He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including the classic Democracy for the Few, Power and the Powerless, The Face of Imperialism, and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.