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From the bestseliing author of Race Matters, a bold and eloquent call for the deepening of democracy both at home and abroad in this threatening post-9/11 age of imperial overreach and fundamentalist rage.

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 tradition in a brilliant and deeply moving call for the revival of our better democratic nature. His impassioned and provocative argument for the revitalization of America's democracy will reshape the terms of the raging national debate about America's role in today's troubled world.

Review:

"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) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Imperialism bad, democracy good: a lackluster excursion into the realm of the obvious. This latest offering...resembles nothing so much as a sermon written in a hurry and delivered to the choir." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] timely and passionate follow-up to his best-selling Race Matters....West's discussion of America's democratic tradition...is especially illuminating." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

In a sequel to his Race Matters, which he wrote over a decade ago, West (religion, Princeton U.) looks at the waning of democratic energies and practices in the present age of the American empire. He describes a deeply troubling deterioration of democratic powers in the US, and the rise of an ugly imperialism aided by an unholy alliance of the plutocratic elites and the Christian Right, and by a massive disaffection of voters who see too little difference between two corrupted parties. Americans must dip deep into the often-untapped wells of their democratic traditions to fight the imperialist strain and plutocratic impulse, he says.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

West argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, it must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued its own democracy.

Synopsis:

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 tradition in a brilliant and deeply moving call for the revival of our better democratic nature. His impassioned and provocative argument for the revitalization of America's democracy will reshape the terms of the raging national debate about America's role in today's troubled world.

About the Author

Cornel West is a University Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is a recipient of the American Book Award and has received more than twenty honorary degrees. Race Matters has been in print since 1993 and has sold more than four hundred thousand copies. His other books include The American Evasion of Philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Democracy Matters Are Frightening in Our Time

2. Nihilism In America

3. The Deep Democratic Traditioni in America

4. Forging New Jewish and Islamic Democratic Identities

5. The Crisis of Christian Identity in America

6. The Necessary Engagement with Youth Culture

7. Putting On Our Democratic Armor

Acknowledgments

Index

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tgrang13, April 18, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
Dr. Cornel West is one of the brilliant democratic intellectuals of our time. This book very much portrays that. My favorite chapter is the one on Christian imperialism. West is a Christian, but believes that the Christian fundamentalists have hindered Democracy and has been culturally imperialist. I highly recommend this book, it well worth reading. However, keep in mind that it was written in 2004, when Bush was still in office. Therefore, some of what he wrote was current at the time, but not so much now.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594200298
Subtitle:
Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
Author:
West, Cornel
Author:
West, Cornel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Democracy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.30x6.82x.91 in. 1.08 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Imperialism bad, democracy good: a lackluster excursion into the realm of the obvious. This latest offering...resembles nothing so much as a sermon written in a hurry and delivered to the choir."
"Review" by , "[A] timely and passionate follow-up to his best-selling Race Matters....West's discussion of America's democratic tradition...is especially illuminating."
"Synopsis" by , West argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, it must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued its own democracy.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 tradition in a brilliant and deeply moving call for the revival of our better democratic nature. His impassioned and provocative argument for the revitalization of America's democracy will reshape the terms of the raging national debate about America's role in today's troubled world.

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