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Michael Parenti on "The Culture Struggle"
Date Thursday April 27
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
(Wheelchair accessible)
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorPeninsula Peace and Justice Center
MICHAEL PARENTI

Presenting his new book...
The Culture Struggle

Richly informed, penned with eloquence, irony, and economy of language, The Culture Struggle helps us understand the world we live in.

One of America's most astute and engaging political analysts, Michael Parenti shows us that culture is a changing process and the product of a dynamic interplay between a wide range of social and political interests. It is not enough to study the prevailing political realm; we also must grasp developments throughout the entire civil society. In short, to understand a society we need to understand the problem of culture as well as that of power.

Drawing from cultures around the world, Parenti demonstrates that beliefs and practices are readily subjected to political manipulation, and that cultures are instruments of social power. Many parts of modern culture are being commodified, that is, packaged and sold to those who can pay. Folk culture is giving way to a corporate market culture.

Art, science, medicine, psychiatry, and even marriage have been used as instruments of cultural control across the centuries. Powerful interests also employ racism, sexism, and class supremacy to maintain their existing politico-economic rule. Culture is both something to be contained and itself an instrument of domination.

Copies of The Culture Struggle will be available for purchase and signing.

$10 - $20 suggested donation. Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. For more information, call PPJC at (650) 326-8837 or visit http://www.peaceandjustice.org

"Michael Parenti has educated generations of Americans--including my own--on the merits of a radical world view and progressive politics. In The Culture Struggle, Parenti is at the top of his game. His arguments about the importance of culture and his debunking of dominant ideology is masterful and written with precise and crystal clear prose that few other writers can approach, let alone equal." ~ Robert W. McChesney

"Michael is a towering prophetic voice in American life. We need him now more than ever." ~ Cornel West
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