James Petras

ISBN: 978-0-9972870-5-9
$24.95 / 252 pp. / 2016

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Are we approaching “peak America”, where the Republic has
failed, and the Empire which put paid to it cannot be achieved?

Seasoned political analyst James Petras addresses in broad brush the four
major upheavals that loom:

1)        For the first time, the goal of socialism has been raised in the
presidential primaries, backed by tens of millions of voters. The likely
Republican candidate leads a mass right wing revolt which opposes
globalization, capital flight and the free entry of immigrant labor.  The US
presidential elections are everything abnormal, with both major party
candidates arousing popular revulsion. Not since the New Deal, nearly a century
ago, have class relations come into sharper confrontation.

2)        Not since World War II have the US and Russia drawn closer to the
possibility of mutual annihilation through nuclear war due to US empire
building.  The Presidency, in pursuit of a global legacy, draws on the support of
the extremist mainstream media, prestigious Harvard mandarins of war, and
military factions to pursue global hegemony, even as rebellious working
peoples resist, and Russian and Chinese adversaries rearm and advance.

3)        Popular movements in France, Spain, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil,
call for popular revolutions.   Right wing nationalist parties are rising in Europe.
Though the traditional center-left parties have been ousted or co-opted by
elites, under the duress of capitalist wars and austerity, mass electoral
upheavals, general strikes, and armed resistance openly challenge the empire
in all its bastions.

4)       Who rules America and who sets the military agenda in the most
contentious regions of the Middle East is in open dispute.  A neoconservative  
domestic policy elite reflecting Zionist influence has gained ascendancy under
dubious claims of meritocratic credentials.  Their economic policies have
plunged the country into repeated crises, systematic swindles and spiraling
inequalities, while their foreign policy has led to prolonged, losing wars
resulting in disastrous human and financial losses.  The political and economic
power of the Zionist configuration in America has severely repressed critical
debate and political action seeking to challenge its dominance.


    James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.
    He is the author of 68 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional
    journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social
    Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies.  He has published over
    2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation,
    Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le
    Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.   

    His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan,
    Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Life Time Career Award, Marxist Section, of
    the American Sociology Association, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best
    Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968.

    His  titles, The Power of Israel in the United States and Rulers and Ruled in the United States
    (Clarity Press, Inc. 2006, 2007),were published in Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian and
    Arabic editions. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the
    Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand
    Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America.  

    He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.


    Part One: Presidential Elections
    Chapter 1
    Clinton and Trump:
    Nuclearized or Lobotomized?
    Chapter 2
    Democratic Party Primaries:
    “Progressives” as Political Contraceptives
    Chapter 3
    Presidential Elections 2016:
    The Revolt of the Masses
    Chapter 4
    Trump “The Fascist”:
    Backdoor Backing of Political Psychopath, Hillary Clinton
    Chapter 5
    Plutocrat-Zionist Support for Hillary Clinton

    Part Two: The Delusion of Empire
    Chapter 6
    Regression and Reversion in the Modern World
    Chapter 7
    The Mote Remains in the Emperor’s Eye
    Chapter 8
    President Obama:
    The Race for the Imperial Legacy
    Chapter 9
    Global Economic, Political and Military Configurations
    Chapter 10
    The International Monetary Fund’s Rogues’ Gallery
    Chapter 11
    US Militarist Factions in Command
    Chapter 12
    Mandarin for the Warlords:
    The Harvard School of Empire Building
    Chapter 13
    A Critique of CFR’s “Revising US Grand Strategy
    toward China”
    Chapter 14
    Western ‘Mainstream’ Media Extremism:
    The Lies of Our Times

    Part Three: Leftists and Islamists
    Chapter 15
    The Left:
    Business Accommodation and Social Debacle
    Chapter 16
    Twilight of the Idols:
    Rise and Fall of the Personalist Left
    Chapter 17
    Past and Present Islamist, Democratic and Nazi International

    Part Four: Zionism in America
    Chapter 18
    Zionist Power:
    Swindlers and Impunity, Traitors and Pardons
    Chapter 19
    The Jewish Policy Elite in the United States:
    Meritocracy, Myth and Power
The UK Daily Telegraph listed Jim Petras as #59 most influential liberal
in the United States, ahead of Noam Chomsky and Stephen Colbert.

    On December 8 2010 The Club of Mexican Journalists awarded James Petras  
    its prestigious International Journalism Prize for Investigation and Analysis of
    the News within the global context.

    "Dr. James Petras is one of the greatest personalities of critical intellect of our time. His
    numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and his opinion articles
    which are invariably defined by their rigor and decisive data, widely documented and placed
    within their social context, have turned this thinker into one of the most lucid and coherent
    minds of recent times. Naturally, this has earned Dr. Petras the resentment of those who feel
    affected by his tireless efforts. Nevertheless, countless readers all over the world seek the words
    of this thinker to defend themselves from propaganda that intends to make us sympathize with
    the single-minded thinking of neoliberalism."
cover image:  Clinton with anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya, 2011
Petras interview on
Law and Disorder