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photoCornel West, one of the preeminent intellectuals in America, wrote powerfully about a sense of nihilism in Black America in his 1993 bestseller, "Race Matters". Now ten years later, after a high-profile move from Harvard to Princeton, Cornel West is again writing about nihilism in America in his new sequel, "Democracy Matters".

American democracy is being threatened, he says, with a growing nihilism at home and American imperialism abroad. Now, he writes, it is time for Americans to fight back and to regain the nation's true democratic ideals.

Hear a conversation with Cornel West on American nihilism, American imperialism, and the future of American democracy.

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Cornel West, professor of religion, Princeton University and author of the bestselling "Race Matters." His new sequel is "Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism."

This program aired on September 20, 2004.

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