The Future of American Democracy

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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.


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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