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Donald Trump and the "F" Word

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Is Trump a fascist? When are we justified in using the "f" word to describe a right-wing politician or movement that we legitimately find frightening?

Dr. Cornel West Is Right, Jill Stein Should Be America’s First Female President

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One of the biggest reasons Bernie Sanders was able to ignite a political revolution in America is a man named Dr. Cornel West. Although Bernie is stil...

Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence

Cornel West | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Cornel West

Justice must be served for this mockery of the truth. Jeffrey is innocent, and always has been. Our appeal to the President to pardon Jeffrey is a request for the acknowledgment of this undeniable injustice done to Jeffrey and amends to the wrongful conviction that changed our lives forever.

Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence

Jeffrey Sterling | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Jeffrey Sterling

Yesterday, June 16th, marked one year since Jeffrey Sterling began his 3.5 year prison sentence for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist, a crime he did not commit.

The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The overt racism of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is causing hand-wringing in GOP circles. Republican strategist Brian Walsh characterized Trump's comments as "racist, nonsensical" and "the definition of racism."

Debunking the Myth of White Supremacy By Achieving, Excelling and Giving Back

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Imagine you are a 17-year-old boy who just started his senior year of high school. You feel like the world is in the palm of your hands, then you lose it all.

In Defense of Angelina Jolie and Public Intellectuals

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

When it was recently announced that Angelina Jolie is slated to each a Masters course at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the fall of 2016, the...

Sanders Names Cornel West, Keith Ellison To DNC Platform Committee

The Hill | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

Top Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornel West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafti...

The Revolution May Not Be Televised, But Bernie Sanders Is Going All The Way

Tom Weis | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Tom Weis

Between now and March 26, voters who are feeling the Bern in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove the pundits wrong by propelling Sanders toward victory in Philadelphia. We need our strongest fighter in the ring this fall. That fighter is Bernie Sanders.

The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

Bernie Sanders: A Deeply Spiritual Politician

Mark Schmanko | Posted 03.04.2017 | Religion
Mark Schmanko

Bernie Sanders manifests the potential - like no American politician before him - to ignite a movement of "civic spirituality," something we desperately need in these times.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, Danny Glover, and Ben Jealous Are Voting for Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Like every other community in the United States, African American intellectuals and political leaders represent a wide range of viewpoints, and while Dr. Cornel West and Ta-Nehisi Coates might disagree on certain issues, they're voting for Bernie Sanders.

The Christian Left Feels the Bern

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 02.03.2017 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

In September, Sanders spoke at Liberty University, calling for "common ground" between his own views and those of the conservative Christian studentry. He quoted from the Gospel of Matthew and made repeated pleas for the type of social justice typified by the Old Testament prophets.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.10.2017 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

On the Love Train With Cornel West

John Bredin | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
John Bredin

I'm also glad to see Cornel on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, who he refers to as a rare politician with integrity, honesty, and decency. As a Democratic Socialist (as was Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, and John Dewey), Bernie obviously cares more about the poor than any other candidate.

Atlanta's Killer Mike Just Helped Bernie Sanders Win the White House in 2016

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If you're one of the millions of Bernie Sanders supporters around the United States, you've heard skeptics, pundits, and naysayers talk about Bernie Sanders and minority voters. What you haven't heard is that human beings aren't static poll numbers; they're human beings.

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

An Interview With Carl Dix On: Racism, Police Brutality, Ferguson & Rise Up October

George Elerick | Posted 11.17.2016 | Religion
George Elerick

I had the opportunity to interview Carl Dix, the co-founder of Stop Mass Incarceration and who has been exceptionally busy since the events in Ferguson, working to demand equality on all fronts.

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

The Anxiety of Intellect

Francis Levy | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Francis Levy

You usually associate street smarts with some one who knows how to negotiate in business. Donald Trump apparently considers this ability to be a top of the line requirement for statesmanship and something which qualifies him to be president of the United States.

An Appeal to the Political Wisdom of Warren Beatty

John Bredin | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
John Bredin

Few Hollywood actors, if any, have made a bigger impact on progressive politics--both cinematically and in real life--than Warren Beatty.

On Educating for Peace, and Banning ALL Nukes

John Bredin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
John Bredin

The only candidates in the 2016 race who might embrace these ideas are Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Jill Stein with the Greens. To help incubate a new politics of peace, though, a think tank co-founded by intellectuals Michael Lerner and Cornel West called the "Network for Spiritual Progressives" (NSP) has some good ideas.

Cornel West's Race Matters and the Politics of Democratic Respect

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Harry Boyte

In 1993, responding to what he saw as misleading treatments of the Watts riots following the acquittal of four police officers a year earlier in Los Angeles after the violent beating of an unarmed black man, Cornel West wrote Race Matters.

Michael Eric Dyson's Hypocrisy

Nathan Robinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nathan Robinson

In hindsight, Michael Eric Dyson might have been the person least well-positioned to attack Cornel West about a preference for celebrity over scholarship.

Michael Eric Dyson-Cornel West Squabble: Nothing New to See Here

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

As a historian, I can attest to the fact that dissent among the black intellectual elite is nothing new. Indeed, writers, politicians, community activists, entertainers, professors, ministers and others have publicly sparred with one another for centuries.