Cornel West

Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West is Professor of Religion and African Studies at Princeton University. An activist, author, and social critic he has written many books, incuding: Race Matters, Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against ImperialismEthical Dimensions of Marxism, and Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr Was a Radical. We Must Not Sterilize His Legacy
The major threat of Martin Luther King Jr to us is a spiritual and moral one. King’s courageous and compassionate example shatters the dominant neoliberal soul-craft of smartness, money and bombs. His grand fight against poverty, militarism, materialism and racism undercuts the superficial lip...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Goodbye, American Neoliberalism. A New Era Is Here
The neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties – both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians. The Bush and Clinton dynasties were...
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Spiritual Blackout in America: Election 2016
The most frightening feature of the civic melancholia in present-day America is the relative collapse of integrity, honesty, and decency — an undeniable spiritual blackout of grand proportions. The sad spectacle of the presidential election is no surprise. Rather, the neofascist catastrophe called...
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Friday, July 15, 2016
Obama Has Failed Victims of Racism and Police Brutality
A long and deep legacy of white supremacy has always arrested the development of US democracy. We either hit it head on, or it comes back to haunt us. That’s why a few of us have pressed the president for seven years not to ignore issues of poverty, police abuse and mass unemployment. Barack Obama...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence
Yesterday, June 16th, marked one year since Jeffrey Sterling began his 3.5 year prison sentence for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist, a crime he did not commit. One year he was deprived of the freedom that so many of us take for granted every day; one year separated...
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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary
The future of American democracy depends on our response to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. And that legacy is not just about defending civil rights; it’s also about fighting to fix our rigged economy, which yields grotesque wealth inequality; our narcissistic culture, which unleashes obscene...
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Debt, Austerity and How to Fight Back
The Nation Editor's note: On Tuesday, April 5, hundreds of schools and community groups will participate in a teach-in on debt, austerity and how people are fighting back. From 2–3:30 pm (EST) a national teach-in will be streamed live from New York City, followed by local teach-ins and strategy discussions around the country. Read the call to action by Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West, check out the organizing guide and join the movement by attending or hosting a teach-in near you.
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