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Democracy Matters : Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (04 Edition)

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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 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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Praised by the New York Times for his“ferocious moral vision” Cornel West returns to the analysis of what he calls the arrested development of democracy with a masterful diagnosis. Pointing to the rise of three antidemocratic dogmas that are rendering the energy of American democracy impotent—a callous free-market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and an insidious authoritarianism—West argues that racism and imperial bullying have gone hand in hand in our countr‛s inexorable drive toward world dominance, including our current militaristic excesses. This impassioned and empowering call for the revitalization of Americ‛s democracy, by one of our most distinctive and compelling social critics, will reshape the raging national debate about Americ‛s role in toda‛s troubled world.

Synopsis:

Pointing to the rise of free-market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and an insidious authoritarianism, the author calls for the revitalization ofAmerica's democracy.

About the Author

Cornel West is Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton. The author of the contemporary classic Race Matters, he is a recipient of the American Book Award.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035831
Author:
West, Cornel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
West, Cornell
Author:
West, Cornel
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.88x5.32x.52 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Praised by the New York Times for his“ferocious moral vision” Cornel West returns to the analysis of what he calls the arrested development of democracy with a masterful diagnosis. Pointing to the rise of three antidemocratic dogmas that are rendering the energy of American democracy impotent—a callous free-market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and an insidious authoritarianism—West argues that racism and imperial bullying have gone hand in hand in our countr‛s inexorable drive toward world dominance, including our current militaristic excesses. This impassioned and empowering call for the revitalization of Americ‛s democracy, by one of our most distinctive and compelling social critics, will reshape the raging national debate about Americ‛s role in toda‛s troubled world.
"Synopsis" by , Pointing to the rise of free-market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and an insidious authoritarianism, the author calls for the revitalization ofAmerica's democracy.

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