Parenti’s three most important qualities as a public speaker are…
- He’s just a teensy wee bit Marxist
- On the other hand, he’s also a Conspiraloon (well, sort of, sometimes)
- He’s annoyed
And if you haven’t seen Mr P. in action before, and you are a bit of a Conspiraloon, this talk, entitled ‘The Gangster Nature of the State’ is worth a spin...
Parenti starts the talk a bit shouty and then moves onto a discussion about Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination which sounds almost like a stand-up comedy routine in places (not to be confused with this JFK assassination stand-up comedy routine). Parenti closes with an explanation of why there is absolutely no contradiction in believing that human agency (‘conspiracy’) has a significant influence on human affairs as well as following the kind of ‘structural’ analysis Leftist gatekeepers such as Chomsky and Cockburn are employed to confuse and bore the arse off people with.
Parenti is not without his flaws. He’s a polemicist who can play fast and loose with the facts and when he is talking about causes and movements he holds dear any semblance of objectivity flies out of the window. However, he is eloquent, his heart appears to be in the right place and he’s much more interesting to listen to than daytime radio when painting a staircase