Michael Parenti engages students in a college classroom setting. He opens with a presentation and then takes questions. He implores the students to be aware of how power operates and its “rational use of irrational symbols like the flag.” He says, the corporate media “pursues trivia. PBS has cooking shows and how to crochet but nothing on the condition of working people and how unions are busted.” Are there independent sources of information he is asked. Parenti replies, “TV cable access is one such venue as well as community radio. He says, “In fact the leading creator of Alternative Radio is sitting right here: David Barsamian.” He reminds us: “Victories are won by ordinary people fighting against all odds. All the gains that have ever been made in history have been made by people we don’t know.” He concludes with: “Don’t mourn. Organize.”
Recorded at Metro State College.
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.