Democracy Matters

In Democracy Matters, West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy-both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East.

Author: Cornel West

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101655860

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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“Uncompromising and unconventional . . . Cornel West is an eloquent prophet with attitude.” —Newsweek“ West reveals himself as a thinker of dazzling erudition, whose critiques are inevitably balanced by an infectious optimism and magnanimity of spirit.” —The Village Voice 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.

Social Ethics in the Making

Cornel West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (New York: Penguin Press, 2004), 193. Ibid., “upholding,” 198; Ross Douthat, “Let Us Now Praise Cornel West,” Harvard Crimson (January 11, 2002), 1; ...

Author: Gary Dorrien

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444305777

Category: Religion

Page: 752

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In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called “thesocial gospel” founded what is now known as social ethics.This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition ofsocial ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea thatChristianity has a social-ethical mission to transform thestructures of society in the direction of social justice. Charts the story of social ethics - the idea that Christianityhas a social-ethical mission to transform society - from its rootsin the nineteenth century through to the present day Discusses and analyzes how different traditions of socialethics evolved in the realms of the academy, church, and generalpublic Looks at the wide variety of individuals who have beenprominent exponents of social ethics from academics and self-styled“public intellectuals” through to pastors andactivists Set to become the definitive reference guide to the history anddevelopment of social ethics Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for2009 award

Economy Difference Empire

West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (New York: Penguin Press, 2004), 193; Cornel West, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir (New York: Smiley Books, 2009), 216–221. 52.

Author: Gary Dorrien

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526296

Category: Philosophy

Page: 496

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Sourcing the major traditions of progressive Christian social ethics social gospel liberalism, Niebuhrian realism, and liberation theology Gary Dorrien argues for the social-ethical necessity of social justice politics. In carefully reasoned essays, he focuses on three subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice, racial and gender justice, and antimilitarism, making a constructive case for economic democracy, along with a liberationist understanding of racial and gender justice and an anti-imperial form of liberal internationalism. In Dorrien's view, the three major discourse traditions of progressive Christian social ethics share a fundamental commitment to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. His reflections on these topics feature innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and an extensive engagement with contemporary intellectuals, such as Rosemary R. Ruether, Katie Cannon, Gregory Baum, and Cornel West. Dorrien also weaves his personal experiences into his narrative, especially his involvement in social justice movements. He includes a special chapter on the 2008 presidential campaign and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.

The Oxford Handbook of Humanism

Cornel West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (New York: Penguin Books, 2004), 58. 59. 74f. West, Democracy Matters, 86. This section focuses on Harold Kaplan's take on Emerson in Democratic Humanism and American ...

Author: Anthony B. Pinn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190921560

Category: Religion

Page: 900

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While humanist sensibilities have played a formative role in the advancement of our species, critical attention to humanism as a field of study is a more recent development. As a system of thought that values human needs and experiences over supernatural concerns, humanism has gained greater attention amid the rapidly shifting demographics of religious communities, especially in Europe and North America. This outlook on the world has taken on global dimensions as well, with activists, artists, and thinkers forming a humanistic response not only to traditional religion, but to the pressing social and political issues of the 21st century. With in-depth, scholarly chapters, The Oxford Handbook of Humanism aims to cover the subject by analyzing its history, its philosophical development, its influence on culture, and its engagement with social and political issues. In order to expand the field beyond more Western-focused works, the Handook discusses humanism as a worldwide phenomenon, with regional surveys that explore how the concept has developed in particular contexts. The Handbook also approaches humanism as both an opponent to traditional religion as well as a philosophy that some religions have explicitly adopted. By both synthesizing the field, and discussing how it continues to grow and develop, the Handbook promises to be a landmark volume, relevant to both humanism and the rapidly changing religious landscape.

The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd

Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy Michael W. Casey. 13 C. F. Hallencreutz, “A Council in Crossfire: ... 14 Cornel West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism (New York: Penguin, 2004), 15.

Author: Michael W. Casey

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 1932792864

Category: Religion

Page: 389

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This work assembles the best of Todd's (available) speeches and provides an analysis of their rhetorical and political significance. Sir Garfield Todd's (1908-2002) lifelong support of African rights earned him initial political success, subsequent imprisonment, and, finally, rightful recognition. Often labelled a liberal in the British political tradition, a closer study of Todd's rhetoric demonstrates that his politics flow directly from his religious heritage and not from political liberalism.

African American Political Thought

10 The prophetic tradition, writes West in Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism, is an infectious and invigorating way of life and struggle. It generates the courage to care and act in light of a universal moral ...

Author: Melvin L. Rogers

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022672607X

Category: Political Science

Page: 808

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African American Political Thought offers an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and African diaspora who have addressed the central issues of political life: democracy, race, violence, liberation, solidarity, and mass political action. Melvin L. Rogers and Jack Turner have brought together leading scholars to reflect on individual intellectuals from the past four centuries, developing their list with an expansive approach to political expression. The collected essays consider such figures as Martin Delany, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Audre Lorde, whose works are addressed by scholars such as Farah Jasmin Griffin, Robert Gooding-Williams, Michael Dawson, Nick Bromell, Neil Roberts, and Lawrie Balfour. While African American political thought is inextricable from the historical movement of American political thought, this volume stresses the individuality of Black thinkers, the transnational and diasporic consciousness, and how individual speakers and writers draw on various traditions simultaneously to broaden our conception of African American political ideas. This landmark volume gives us the opportunity to tap into the myriad and nuanced political theories central to Black life. In doing so, African American Political Thought: A Collected History transforms how we understand the past and future of political thinking in the West.

The Crisis

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism By Cornel West (Penguin, $24.95) Ten years ago, a slender volume called Race Matters, appeared on The New York Times best-seller's list and brought a professor named Cornel West ...

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The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.

Black Men from Behind the Veil

25. See “The Necessary Engagement With Youth Culture,” in Cornel West, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (New York: Penguin, 2004). 26. See “Race Matters in Twenty-First Century America,” in Race Matters (2017).

Author: George Yancy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1666906484

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Black Men from Behind the Veil bears witness to anti-Black male violence and does so from the perspective of Black male scholars who disclose their fears and what it means to suffer as Black men, courageously marking the deep material, institutional, and epistemic structures that amplify that fear and suffering.

Wading Through Many Voices

Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution, and American Indian Memory. New Haven, CT: Trylon and Perisphere Press, ... Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. ———.

Author: Harold Recinos

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442205857

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Wading through Many Voices brings together the voices of Latino/a, African American, Asian American, Native American, and Euro-American scholars to produce a dialogue of public theology: how faith-communities, divided by race, class, ethnicity, and gender, can find a common ground for life together.

China s Transformations

Cornel West , Democracy Matters : Winning the Fight against Imperialism ( New York : Penguin , 2004 ) . West's ideas and their pithy encapsulation in the titles of his books , including Race Matters , clearly provided inspiration for ...

Author: Lionel M. Jensen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742538634

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 334

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Trouble-makers or truth-sayers? : the peculiar status of foreign correspondents in China / Martin Fackler -- The political roots of China's environmental degradation / Judith Shapiro -- Fueling China's capitalist transformation : the human cost / Timothy B. Weston -- Qigong, Falun Gong, and the body politic in contemporary China / David Ownby -- Narratives to live by : the century of humiliation and Chinese national identity today / Peter Hays Gries -- The Internet : a force to transform Chinese society? / Xiao Qiang -- The politics of filmmaking and movie watching / Sylvia Li-chün Lin -- Fictional China / Howard Goldblatt -- Of rice and meat : real Chinese food / Susan D. Blum -- Herding the masses : public opinion and democracy in today's China / Tong Lam -- Sex tourism and lure of the ethnic erotic in Southwest China / Sandra Teresa Hyde -- Welcome to paradise! : a Sino-U.S. joint-venture project / Tim Oakes -- The new Chinese intellectual : globalized, disoriented, reoriented / Timothy Cheek -- Reporting China since the 1960s / John Gittings -- Afterword: China, the United States and the fragile planet / Lionel M. Jensen.