Lectures by Michael Parenti and Alex Callinicos now available

new-blog-banner-7.pngI was just talking to some readers of my blog who were asking me when I was going to do a second episode of the Paulitics Podcast. 

I actually did Episode #2 of the podcast a while back and I just released Episode #3 of the podcast yesterday evening, so both are up and available for download to either your computer or iPod (or other .mp3 player).

For those of you who are interested, you can either check the podcast’s main page regularly for new updates at www.paulitics.mypodcast.com or, probably easier for you, you can download any number of free “podcast catchers” which will automatically download the latest episode of all of your favourite podcasts to your computer and then you don’t have to go hunting around for episodes every time a new one is published.

The best podcast catcher is probably iTunes (you don’t need an iPod to use iTunes) but there are other goods ones such as Juice.

Conversely, if you like the idea of having a program bring you podcasts but don’t want them automatically downloaded, you can use an RSS feed aggregator to catch as many podcasts as you like (such as www.feedbucket.com).

Two of my favourite podcasts which you can put into your podcast catcher or iTunes by copy the hyperlink are:

Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/podcast.xml
Big Ideas: http://www.tvo.org/TVOspecial3/WebObjects/TVOMedia.woa?bigideasfeed

Also, the Paulitics podcast hyperlink to copy into your podcast catcher is:

Or, conversely, you can download or listen to episode #2 featuring a talk by Alex Callinicos on imperialism and empire from a theoretical perspective here.

And you can download or listen to episode #3 featuring a talk by the fantastic orator Michael Parenti on globalization and capitalism here.  (Parenti’s talk is much less theoretical than Callinicos’s talk).


7 Responses to “Lectures by Michael Parenti and Alex Callinicos now available”

  1. 1 RPJ 10 November, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    I loved the talk by Parenti. He is so entertaining and yet still informative. His line about Capitalism not working for everyone makes me miss your excellent graphic and slogan from your earlier blog format. I wish you could find a place for it on the home page again. It was terrific. I am very much enjoying these podcasts too. Thanks for your hard work in bringing these to us.

  2. 2 paulitics 10 November, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    RPJ – I’m glad you liked it. I really like listening to Parenti as well. Unfortunately there are far fewer of his talks on the internet than, say, Chomsky, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more Parenti (and Chomsky for that matter too).

  3. 3 aradhanad 13 November, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    yeah! thanks Paul. The podcasts are great – just one thing, can you try to add a date for the podcasts? When you do your intro – maybe you can just say “this was given on ____ date”. or something.

  4. 4 Franco 20 November, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I can not agree with Pauls misconseption on capitalizm. He uses it to blame all the problems of the poor on and he is well off his mark there. He fails to accournt for so many other factors.

    It is out of balance and therefro deals from a loosing hand.

    I live and would in Chile S.A. I know what I am talking about.

  5. 5 Franco 20 November, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Paul, like most liberal progressive theorists, if they just shut up and got to work in the system they would be blown away with what they could accomplish. And Paul is right about one thing. There are no guaranties. Ain’t life a bitch!

    I am an American living and working in Chile S.A. I have been living and working in the free enterprise market “capitalism” successfully and benefited many others for about as long as long as Paul has been talking against it from outside it.

    I know what I am talking about. So I offer an open invitation to publicly debate Paul here on this blog on any of his self professed concepts.

  6. 6 paulitics 21 November, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Franco, first off, I’m not a liberal theorist. “Liberalism”, by definition, is a centrist ideology. I am a socialist and a Marxist which are leftist ideologies. Socialism has nothing to do with capitalist liberalism.

    Second off, you employed the argument twice in about 5 paragraphs that because you currently live in Chile (working for a corporation) that somehow that means that you “know what [you’re] talking about”. While I wouldn’t presume without talking to you that you either do or don’t know what you’re talking about, this sort of argumentation commits the fallacy of argumentum ad verecundiam or argument from authority and thus contributes nothing to the debate one way or another.

    I would be happy to debate you, however as per this post:


    I cannot do so in any depth until early December.

    Did you have a specific (and limited) critique you’d like to offer that I can respond to fairly quickly now?

  7. 7 the_last_name_left 9 December, 2007 at 1:41 am

    I love Parenti too. Strange for me, a european, to even hear an american say “Marxism”. It’s so rare?

    Anyway, there is a considerable amount of parenti available as a single .torrent – about 1.7 Gbs of it – mostly mp3s but with a couple of videos too. (The videos are/were available on youtube and google video). I don’t have a link, but it should still be about? [Just checked – I think the torrent might be seedless/dead]

    If not, I think pacifica radio also has a fair bit of Parenti – notably on functions of fascism and the american constitution.

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