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Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies / Edition 1

Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies / Edition 1

by Michael ParentiMichael Parenti
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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612056623
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 987,204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Parenti (Ph.D., Yale University) is an internationally known, award-winning author, scholar, and lecturer who addresses a wide variety of political and cultural subjects. Among his recent books are Waiting for Yesterday (2013), The Face of Imperialism (2011), God and His Demons (2010), and Democracy for the Few, 9th edition (2010).

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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