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Democracy Matters by Cornel West

Democracy Matters

Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

by Cornel West


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Unabridged Edition
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7 Hrs. 16 Min.
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Democracy Matters is Cornel West's bold and powerful critique of the troubling deterioration of democracy in America in this threatening post-9/11 age of terrorist rage and imperial overreach, and an inspiring call for a resurgence of the deep democratic tradition in our country, which has waged war on the forces of imperialist corruption throughout our history.

Praised by The New York Times for his "ferocious moral vision", West, in this vital sequel to his major best seller and contemporary classic Race Matters, returns to the analysis of what he calls the arrested development of democracy, both in America and in the Middle East, with a hard-hitting diagnosis. A callous free-market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and an insidious authoritarianism are driving a bullying imperialism.

But there is a rich and empowering tradition in America to fervent commitment to the fight against imperialist corruptions, and West brings forth the trenchant voices of that great democratizing tradition, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Toni Morrison, in a brilliant and deeply moving call for the revival of our better democratic.

This impassioned and empowering call for the revitalization of America's democracy, by one of America's most distinctive and compelling social critics, will reshape the raging national debate about America’s role in today's troubled world.

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Democracy Matters by Cornell West
Reviewer wisdom2
 July 26, 2008
Dr. West is extremely knowledgeable and on target with his statements regarding society and the underlying schemes that assault its own citizens and especially the precious military youths that fight from a pure heart and love for their country.
I was fortunate to hear Dr. West speak before and I am still impressed with his profound knowledge. I hope he has other audio books available.

Reviewer LOLDavid
 February 17, 2006
Cornel West displays his vast knowledge in this argument for democracy through “Socratic Questioning, Prophetic Wisdom, and Tragic/Comic Hope.” Many of the political statements against the Bush administration and U.S. imperialist actions have been said before and his praise of great democratic American authors gets tiresome if you haven’t read all their books. But I thought this audio book picked up towards the end as West focused on more specific aspects of our world including discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the state of Christianity in our nation, the use of hip hop as a form of democratic expression, and dozen other issues which West touches on along the way. And as a college professor, he’s also a very good narrator.

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  • Published: 2004
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: D005321
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