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Cornel West

In his major bestseller, Race Matters, philosopher Cornel West burst onto the national scene with his searing analysis of the scars of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, still in print after ten years, having sold more than four hundred thousand copies. A mesmerizing speaker with a host of fervidly devoted fans, West gives as many as one hundred public lectures a year and appears regularly on radio and television. Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision" and hailed by Newsweek as "an elegant prophet with attitude," he bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country's problems.In Democracy Matters, West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly original diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis of Islamist anti-Americanism stem largely from hypocrisies in our dealings with the world. Racism and imperial expansionism have gone hand in hand in our country's inexorable drive toward hegemony, and our current militarism is only the latest expression of that drive. Even as we are shocked by Islamic fundamentalism, our own brand of fundamentalism, which West dubs Constantinian Christianity, has joined forces with imperialist corporate and political elites in an unholy alliance, and four decades after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., insidious racism still inflicts debilitating psychic pain on so many of our citizens. But there is a deep democratic tradition in America of impassioned commitment to the fight against imperialist corruptions-the last great expression of which was the civil rights movement led by Dr. King-and West brings forth the powerful voices of that great democratizing tradit

In his major bestseller, Race Matters, philosopher Cornel West burst onto the national scene with his searing analysis of the scars of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, still in print after ten years, having sold more than four hundred thousand copies. A mesmerizing speaker with a host of fervidly devoted fans, West gives as many as one hundred public lectures a year and appears regularly on radio and television. Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision" and hailed by Newsweek as "an elegant prophet with attitude," he bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country's problems.In Democracy Matters, West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly original diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis of Islamist anti-Americanism stem largely from hypocrisies in our dealings with the world. Racism and imperial expansionism have gone hand in hand in our country's inexorable drive toward hegemony, and our current militarism is only the latest expression of that drive. Even as we are shocked by Islamic fundamentalism, our own brand of fundamentalism, which West dubs Constantinian Christianity, has joined forces with imperialist corporate and political elites in an unholy alliance, and four decades after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., insidious racism still inflicts debilitating psychic pain on so many of our citizens. But there is a deep democratic tradition in America of impassioned commitment to the fight against imperialist corruptions-the last great expression of which was the civil rights movement led by Dr. King-and West brings forth the powerful voices of that great democratizing tradit
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In his major bestseller, Race Matters, philosopher Cornel West burst onto the national scene with his searing analysis of the scars of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, still in print after ten years, having sold more than four hundred thousand copies. A mesmerizing speaker with a host of fervidly devoted fans, West gives as many as one hundred public lectures a year and appears regularly on radio and television. Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision" and hailed by Newsweek as "an elegant prophet with attitude," he bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country's problems.In Democracy Matters, West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly original diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy. Both our failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the crisis of Islamist anti-Americanism stem largely from hypocrisies in our dealings with the world. Racism and imperial expansionism have gone hand in hand in our country's inexorable drive toward hegemony, and our current militarism is only the latest expression of that drive. Even as we are shocked by Islamic fundamentalism, our own brand of fundamentalism, which West dubs Constantinian Christianity, has joined forces with imperialist corporate and political elites in an unholy alliance, and four decades after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., insidious racism still inflicts debilitating psychic pain on so many of our citizens. But there is a deep democratic tradition in America of impassioned commitment to the fight against imperialist corruptions-the last great expression of which was the civil rights movement led by Dr. King-and West brings forth the powerful voices of that great democratizing tradit

Language:

English

Length:

7h 17m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:14


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:42