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Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
by Cornel West
by Cornel West
It's pretty rant-ish, his analysis is not terribly nuanced or original. It usually amounts to things like, gosh, did you know that capitalism produces a society where people pursue profit to the point that they are alienated from social/personal fulfillment. It's about as vanilla as leftist thought comes. That aside, the book does seem to come from a sincere effort to diagnose the American situation circa 2005. And as someone currently studying classics, it was nice to encounter lots of references to Plato and Thucydides. Everything sort of breaks down in the last chapter when he talks about how much of a spineless prick Larry Summers is. His attempt to spin what is basically personal gossip into his broader analysis, while well intentioned, just comes across as being really self-centered, and not very interesting. This seems to suffer from the same problem which a lot of leftist political writing did in the last decade, you really have to struggle to read it as much more than a reaction to the insane bullshit of the Bush administration. But that's one elephant in the room that we're all still trying to get past, so I can't really fault him for not succeeding in the thick of it.
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