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AUDIO FILE: The Corporate War Against Democracy, Part 2

This is the second half of the Parenti presentation at PSU on Saturday, September 14, 2002. He continues with the theme of the Corporate War Against Democracy, branching out into more current political and media commentary.
There has been some flapping about the merits of Parenti's presentation. Some found little value in it, others found more. Perhaps, as is usually the case when attending an event, what we come away with is somewhat relative to what we bring, or at least to our expectations.
Ultimately, I believe that many of these judgements concerning the value of his speech miss the point. There were many folks present that were not activists, and perhaps much of what he said served to solidify feelings that were heretofore indistinct and in search of solidification. From the standpoint of seasoned activists, sure, perhaps he could have offered more of this and more of that. One can always find fault with anything.
But, it seems to me that his words were well received, which means, perhaps, that he struck a chord with the audience, despite the possible negativity of much of his material, and the lack of specific instructions on how to incorporate his words into future actions.
Hopefully his words fell on fertile ground, and many of those in the audience will find their own ways to respond to them and develop personal ways in which to resist corporate tyranny. Maybe we will never personally witness these responses, but that doesn't mean that his efforts weren't on some levels rewarded, and that his words didn't make a difference.
What many people said concerning his speech were correct. I guess, as I said earlier, it all depends on what one expected from him.

Parenti is the author of fifteen books, including his latest, 'The Terrorism Trap,' 'History as Mystery,' Democracy For The Few,' and Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media.'
File is about 31 minutes in length

The link provided takes you to a page where this and other audio files are located.

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thank you 18.Sep.2002 10:46


Thank you, Jim, for providing this and other audio records. Often I can't make it to these things, and this is valuable to me.

It wouldn't hurt us all to hear something like this a second time. As Jim said, what we hear depends on what we bring to it. Often, our frame of mind will affect this listening drastically from one day to the next. I would challenge folks to hear what is said, without judgement, without preconception, without expectations. How does that change the listening? Did you hear something you didn't hear before?

If we can't hear what a person is saying because of the clamour in our own heads, what are we really hearing?