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.