Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

Blackshirts and Reds Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism Blackshirts Reds explores some of the big issues of our time fascism capitalism communism revolution democracy and ecology terms often bandied about but seldom explored in the original and exciti

  • Title: Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism
  • Author: Michael Parenti
  • ISBN: 9780872863293
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blackshirts Reds explores some of the big issues of our time fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology terms often bandied about but seldom explored in the original and exciting way that has become Michael Parenti s trademark.Parenti shows how rational fascism renders service to capitalism, how corporate power undermines democracy, and howBlackshirts Reds explores some of the big issues of our time fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology terms often bandied about but seldom explored in the original and exciting way that has become Michael Parenti s trademark.Parenti shows how rational fascism renders service to capitalism, how corporate power undermines democracy, and how revolutions are a mass empowerment against the forces of exploitative privilege He also maps out the external and internal forces that destroyed communism, and the disastrous impact of the free market victory on eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism, demonstrating the importance of class analysis in understanding political realities and dealing with the ongoing collision between ecology and global corporatism.Written with lucid and compelling style, this book goes beyond truncated modes of thought, inviting us to entertain iconoclastic views, and to ask why things are as they are It is a bold and entertaining exploration of the epic struggles of yesterday and today A penetrating and persuasive writer with an astonishing array of documentation to implement his attacks The Catholic Journalist Blackshirts Reds discusses the great combat between fascism and socialism that is the defining feature of the Twentieth Century, and takes every official version to task for its substitution of moral analysis for critical analysis, for its selectivity, and for its errata By portraying the struggle between fascism and Communism in this century as a single conflict, and not a series of discrete encounters, between the insatiable need for new capital on the one hand and the survival of a system under siege on the other, Parenti defines fascism as the weapon of capitalism, not simply an extreme form of it Fascism is not an aberration, he points out, but a rational and integral component of the system Stan Goff, The PrismMichael Parenti, PhD Yale, is an internationally known author and lecturer He is one of the nation s leadiing progressive political analysts He is the author of over 275 published articles and twenty books His writings are published in popular periodicals, scholarly journals, and his op ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.

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    1. Best chapters: 6, 7, 8, 9. 6 and 7 show really well just how disastrous the end of socialism was and 8 and 9 are a pretty good introduction to/defence of Marxism as a way of understanding the world (although from a certain perspective that's very Parenti - kind of reductive, proto-99% stuff, although I don't mean that in a bad way). 1 and 2 are also pretty decent, 1 goes into how fascists were actually supported by capitalists for entirely rational class based reasons, 2 talks about how revoluti [...]

    2. Parenti writes polemically, explaining his positions very articulately and in easy-to-understand language. The accessibility makes this book an essential introduction to the history of the relationship between fascism and communism, the fall of communism and how devastating it was to Eastern Europe, and how anti-communism and capitalism are directly linked. Parenti skilfully attacks and deconstructs both left and right anti-communist rhetoric, but, and this is one of my major complaints, he some [...]

    3. Something of a page-turner, for me at least. The scope covered in this work is very wide indeed, covering such topics as the class nature of fascism, the collapse of the socialist camp, the continuing importance of Marxism and a brief discussion of why class is still central to analysis.The discussion of fascism is a brilliant start - it correctly distinguishes the dialectic of form and content at work in fascism, that fascism wears the mask of irrationalism while serving very rational class end [...]

    4. It as be said that the political right (and to some extent the centre) have it easy. They just have to maintain the power they get and prove to be capable rulers. For revolutionary-leftwing politics to work, you need essentially to cover two bases; 1) offer a valid critique of the existing political model and 2) find something viable to replace it. While Parenti comes up with some sound reasons about how and why capitalism is and always as been rotten, its wars, bureaucracy, its unfair labour ex [...]

    5. A great offering by Parenti. Written with argumentative clarity and devoid of theoretical jargon, this book responds to both the anti-communist left and right. I recommend this book as a great foundation for anybody interested in the debate regarding communism's historical merits in opposition to capitalism or anarchism. Light reading which packs a punch.

    6. Hard to put down. Fascinating discussion of several Cold War angles on the overthrow of communism not to be touched elsewhere. Great, short, very readable intro on many points. Will be too taboo for some, but raises plenty of fascinating questions for further research.

    7. A real quick and easy contextual history of the USSR and the way the Left in the US (pathologically? this is what Parenti argues) distanced itself from it in the later Cold War era. Parenti is writing for a skeptical progressive or more uninitiated naive entrant into the left-political sphere, though as someone who was taught the more mainstream scheme of events of this era, I found Parenti did a great job in describing the flip side of a coin with which most US citizens, liberal and conservativ [...]

    8. Looking for a critique of communism and the Soviet Union? Turn away from the Black Book of Communism and its Nazi allegory. Don't give credence to Clinton-supporting Noam Chomsky or Marx-rejecting Murray Bookchin. Look instead to Parenti and this text. In both a critique of Soviet policy and indictment of western capitalism, Parenti provides a riveting, thoroughly-researched, yet accessible text in his trademark rigid subheading style. Parenti's ideas are always easy to follow and his arguments [...]

    9. The most interesting parts to read are the first few chapters which detail how fascism grew with the support of US and other Western capitalist nations' corporations (it took the Trading With The Enemy Act to get US corporations to stop doing business with Nazi Germany) and how the end of socialism represented a step backwards, how people in former socialist countries realized that restoring capitalism was a mistake. The book is pretty good, but there's a fairly sizeable section that pretty abru [...]

    10. While people run to buy Orwell's 1984 in the wake of the re-emergence of hard right or fascist power around the world, they would be better served to read Parenti instead. This book is essential and since its warnings and prescriptions have gone unheeded for 20 years, it is even more urgently essential today than it was when published.

    11. This is an excellent read which I've already passed along as it was passed along to me. The title is a bit odd and doesn't quite fit what the book is. It's more three shorter books cleverly blended into one.These three books, or topics, are of varying lengths--a succinct look at fascism and how it was supported by capitalists, a fairly lengthy discussion of the pros and cons of the Eastern bloc governments with an explanation of how and why they were toppled, and an overview of the post-Soviet w [...]

    12. This book definitely serves as a good & short introduction to Marxism and Antiimperialism. I read it in about two days because of the style (one might call it polemic) & the fact that it's only 160 pages long.While I didn't necessarily agree with everything, Parenti manages to dispel quite a few anticommunist misconceptions & to uncover the hidden assumptions even most leftists operate with. I think the book was written in 1997 (?) but the issues he wrote about apart from existing so [...]

    13. Surprisingly disappointing, and I say this as someone who agrees with virtually everything Parenti says in this book. The most frustrating aspect of his writing is how infrequently he uses citations. He makes a number of great points about both Communism and Capitalism (though the latter are mostly truisms any Marxist knows), but he rarely gives one access to further reading. A good polemic, but a bit outdated and definitely too schematic. I would recommend individual chapters (his early ones on [...]

    14. A fantastic, straightforward and accessible guide for readers new to socialist theory and for deconstructing the lies and slander of socialism by imperialists, capitalists and reactionaries. Should have definitely read this when i began to engage with socialism as it would have greatly helped. Still an enjoyable and interesting read nonetheless

    15. An excellent thought provoking book. Recommended read for those that are interested in the end of Communism in the Soviet Union.

    16. A well-argued and passionate history of 20th century geopolitics and politico-economics, charting the close ties between fascism and corporate capitalism from Mussolini and Hitler's rise to power to the mid-1990s. Rejecting a lot of past and contemporary anti-communist narratives, which he describes as dogmatic and propagandistic, Parenti discusses the fallacious approaches to communism and socialist states. From big-business sponsors of American imperial overreach and fascist dictatorships to a [...]

    17. Parents admits to being a Stslinist and as such many Trotsyites and Maoits despise him. To his credit, Stalinism is the only branch of Leninist-Marxism which stood against British-American imperialism. He adequately explains seige socialism, how Brits groomed Nazi Germany and other fascist nations to be pitted against the Bolsheviks, why Russia was ideal geographically for Soviets with abundance of natural resources whereas marginal for Cuba and North Korea with finite oil and minerals and how R [...]

    18. Truly amazing up until the final chapter which took a lot of weird turns I'm not quite okay with.

    19. Worth reading for Michael Parenti's frank views of the collapse of the Soviet Union that seem more philosophical than political.

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