A recipient of the American Book Award and one of the most provocative academic celebrities of our time, Cornel West leads the weekly commentary on NPR's Travis Smiley show. A commentator on current affairs and a regular on national radio and television, West, the author of the enormously successful RACE MATTERS, has written a sequel, DEMOCRACY ...
A recipient of the American Book Award and one of the most provocative academic celebrities of our time, Cornel West leads the weekly commentary on NPR's Travis Smiley show. A commentator on current affairs and a regular on national radio and television, West, the author of the enormously successful RACE MATTERS, has written a sequel, DEMOCRACY MATTERS. In this unflinching look at "the waning of democratic energies and practices in our present age of American empire," West argues that American democracy is threatened by free market fundamentalism, aggressive and escalating militarism and authoritarianism. Criticizing both Republicans and Democrats as well as most news organizations, he claims that while Republicans are driven by delusions of American domination, Democrats are accepting of a corrupt system.
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The information that Dr. West gives in this book is striking and at the same time appauling. To hear the state that our society and government is in is quite an eye opening experience.I believe that anyone who believes in our constitution should read this book because somewhere down the line this country has lost the true meaning of Democracy and we are leaning more and more towards a country controlled by dictatorship. Dr. West makes you understand the principals in which our four fathers built this country and the equality that people like Dubois, King, and Ghandi fought for their entire lives.Reading his plans and ideas for democracy gives you a since of hope in our great nation.Democracy the freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms,the right to equality, things that we all deserve and should continue to fight for. Dr.West brilliantly opens your eyes to these things and show you how to achieve the Democracy you so deserve. If we go back to the things that once made America a great nation then and only then will Democracy be achieved.When all else fails Democracy does Matter.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-07 A sequel to 1993's Race Matters, West's latest aims to "look unflinchingly at the waning of democratic energies and practices in our present age of American empire." Such orotund language pervades the book, which expands philosophically on extant critiques but offers little practical or programmatic advice. American democracy, argues West, is threatened by free market fundamentalism, aggressive militarism and escalating authoritarianism. He criticizes Republicans as evangelical nihilists driven by delusions of American domination, Democrats (including John Kerry) as paternalistic nihilists accepting a corrupt system and most news organizations as sentimental nihilists sacrificing truth for distraction. With intermittent journeys through Tocqueville, Melville, King, Emerson, Twain and Morrison, among others, he lingers in the Middle East (supporting security for Israel and freedom for Palestinians), and calls fiercely for an American Christianity that evokes the Christian ideals of love and justice, and that advocates deeper engagement with youth culture-which leads to a nine-page account of how his outreach led to a clash with Harvard president Larry Summers and his departure for Princeton. Echoing his 1993 demand for improvisational "jazz freedom fighter[s]," West here invokes the blues, which "forge a mature hope that fortifies us on the slippery tightrope of Socratic questioning and prophetic witness in imperial America." Agent, Gloria Loomis for Watkins Loomis Agency. Author tour. (On sale Sept. 13) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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