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Occupy Democracy

Program #WESC005. Recorded in Boulder, CO on April 13, 2012.

Audio sample:

When language has been mutilated and drained of meaning how are we to understand democracy? Its mere invocation by politicians and their media echoers generates a chorus of hosannas. The reality is different. Democracy has been reduced to elections, awash in money, where there are marginal choices. Sometimes the candidates are so bad one can say: Pick your poison: cyanide or arsenic. The Great Recession has shaken things up. From the cradle of democracy: Greece, to the self-proclaimed beacon of it today: the U.S., people are asking fundamental questions. Democracy has been off-stage and in the wings for decades as corporations, enabled by political elites, have amassed unprecedented power. During elections democracy is trotted out to center stage and then disappears behind the curtains again. That could be changing. The Occupy movement is rocking the comfort zone of the 1%. 

Speaker(s):

Cornel West

Cornel West is a leading public intellectual and scholar. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale and the University of Paris. He is now teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York. With his preacher-like cadences and passionate delivery, he is much in demand as a speaker and draws huge audiences everywhere. Among his many books are Race Matters, The Rich and the Rest of Us and Black Prophetic Power.

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