Michael's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Berkeley, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

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

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Received a master's degree from Brown University and a doctorate in political science from Yale University.
  • While he was in school, the Vietnam War started; he says he got swept up in the debate.
  • At the time, that debate was, "Can we win this war, or will we lose this war?"
  • He believed neither of these arguments were relevant because there was something wrong with the institution of war.
  • Started getting active and participating in demonstrations all over the country.
  • After multiple run-ins with the police, including one violent altercation, he decided to concentrate on his writing and public speaking.
  • Says that there are people that have things, and people that do things.
  • At 73 years old, he's still in the population who concentrates on what he should do next, rather than what he should buy next.

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