Michael's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Berkeley, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

MICHAEL PARENTI

Activist

“Be true to yourself. It gets very alienating pretending to be someone you're not.”

INTERESTS:

Politics Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Individualism Money & Financial Security Perseverance Risk Struggle Values

TAGS:

doing things, government, material possessions, media, protesting, questioning, teaching, the system, vietnam, vietnam war, war

BIOGRAPHY:

Michael Parenti's career as a political analyst started with the Vietnam War. He began questioning the war, the people that started the war, the system, and the people that elected that system. The more he learned about the political system, he could not pretend its problems didn't exist. He was an active protestor of the war, beaten by police and arrested on more than one occasion. After receiving twelve stitches from a police baton, he decided to concentrate on writing and speaking. With a PhD in political science from Yale University, Michael has lectured and spoken about political issues for over 30 years. Today, Michael is 73 years old and he continues to think about what he should do with his life, looking forward, rather than focusing on the past.

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