Listen now (16 mins) | Dr. Cornel West, in his first interview since deciding to enter the U.S. presidential race, explains why he is a candidate.
NO MORE ECONOPATHY; YES TO SOLIDARITY
I was a blue collar left labor activist for 25+ years before going back to school, including theology grad school. I was also a local Dem campaign mgr. in the days when that party still had a real rank and file. I fought the center-right unfriendly take over when the New Deal was ditched and the working class majority abandoned. The rightward push of these "Ds" enabled the Rs to go full on fascist.
I'm totally disgusted by the neolib-neocon unipolar party and their desire for power and control. A sociopathic war profiteering cabal that benefits by sick socio-econ structures. Where devastated communities and destroyed ecosystems are dismissed as mere externalities. Why are we forced by 1%ers to live this way? Simple. They sponsor both parties. One of which has the audacity to campaign as "the lesser of two evils" as if this were enough for us irrelevant peasants. The other, an unholy amalgam of Christofascists and econopaths, is even worse.
Of course I'll work for any ticket with Brother Cornel West on it! As my Wobbly grandfather would have said, AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.
Damn I wish he had a chance, but I am sooo glad to see his hat in the ring... and with him and RFK Jr, there are at least TWO awesome candidates...better than in a LOOOONG time.
Bernie Sanders IS Dick Cheney...Ned Beaty is Donald Trump...AI is on the way for nurture giving way to nature...TRUTH. The working class will never be free until truth prevails. The environment is the greatest problem we face!
Wikileaks is great, always has been. Wikileaks IS data via the Russian leadership that has had to combat Radio Free Europe in conjunction with a long history of a domineering American/Western economic system, that Dr. Cornel West is again making another great lead to confront.
Cornel West is great. I would vote for him.
I am an American.
Why the People's Party, not the Green Party?
Thank you for this interesting report. I have always embraced candidates that can shame the establishment and raise the level of social consciousness to a new height. Hopefully his message reaches the masses.
I would like to see Cornell West run as a Democrat. The Democrat party and of course the Republican party both need drastic changes. Reaganomics which is neoliberalism paved the road for the fascists. We must all unite to vote for the best candidate who has a chance of winning. I would rather vote for Cornell West then that phony Biden Democrat, who has allowed the right wing globalist corporations and rich to transfer about 50 trillion dollars in tax breaks, the last 45 years. That is not counting how much capitalist healthcare has cost us, or free trade, or immigration, or trickle down, or off shore banking, or corporate welfare, or bank bailouts, or interest on the national debt, or tax money going to religions... I suspect over 100 trillion dollars the last 60 years. With the right wing hate radio, they want to be autocrats and are blaming the far left who the Democrat party does not even represent. The Democrat party became the Republican party in the mid-1980s and the Republican party became the Nazi party about that time, in my humble opinion, yet blamed for all the social ills. It will only get worse with a dictatorship. The rich are not racist. They will transform America into a third world nation in no time.
Powerful stuff. He has tremendous courage to talk about Israel - the third rail of American politics. .I would have liked to hear his stand on the covid totalitarianism ( and irrationality) we just lived through for 3 years. ( remember double masking? Masking outdoors?). I would have liked to hear more about free speech too. I believe Cornel was pretty reasonable about covid but I would have liked to hear something about respecting Choice as to whether you get a bunch of mrna shots or not.
How about a Robert F Kennedy - Cornel West ticket?
Very well read, Eunice, as usual, but with a special touch this time. Thank you. You really rose to the occasion.
We're confronting "THE QUIET AMERICAN" EMPIRE
I recently joined the Board of the ad hoc committee for imprisoned political prisoner Leonard Peltier. In researching previous petitions in support of Leonard Peltier, I found that none of them came close to reaching 100,000 signatures. To my knowledge, the 3.6 million Indigenous population has not come together in total behind a specific issue until now.
Since Leonard Peltier is up for parole in 2024 AND Joe Biden is running for office again in 2024, the formation of a constituency of Indigenous voters becomes essential as a tool to gain freedom for Leonard. The possibility of organizing the 500 plus Tribes to go door to door collecting physical signatures in support of his release would break new ground. At the same time, people would be given handouts containing the facts of Leonard’s case and the inconsistencies that have been present since the beginning as well as a fact sheet on specific issues of human rights violations and genocide in their own area. If we can successfully organize at least one million signatures and send that to the White House and Congress, we have the opportunity to move the mountain in Leonard’s favor.
Individual groups of members of the American Indian Movement or AIM and other Indigenous groups would be mobilized to take action. There is no substitute for moccasins on the ground here. Tribes will make announcements to their residents in advance of people canvassing neighborhoods that this is happening so that residents will not be fearful of who is knocking at their door. Vehicles will be identified with posters to announce who is visiting and the purpose of their visit.
Given the anniversary of the Battle of Little BigHorn on June 25th and the anniversary of the shootout on the Jumping Bull Ranch on June 26th, this is the time to begin collecting signatures. We can ask Kili Radio on Pine Ridge and all of the other Native radio stations to conduct interviews letting people know this is happening. It is Pow Wow and Sun Dance season and both are great places to collect signatures as people living off the Rez come back to the reservation for ceremony.
We would begin with freeing Leonard and the crimes against humanity perpetrated against Indigenous people. Hopefully this example would inspire the Black community to organize a similar effort to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners.
I encourage anyone who is interested to read NYTimes columnist Charles Blow’s inspiring book, “The Devil You Know.” NPR calls it a ‘Black Power Manifesto.’ It certainly showed me the importance of organizing within political districts and how much can be accomplished from proper analysis before taking action.
College credit could be given out to students from both communities who collect signatures. A friend of mine is working with a group active in rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery. They fund a project each year and she asked me to submit a proposal to see if we could be their project of choice for this year. This way, gas money and a stipend would be available to compensate people for their time.
Both Cornel West and Robert Kennedy Jr. talk about the plight of Indigenous prisoners. Time to get off the sofa and walk our talk.
I am grateful that Cornel West and Robert Kennedy Jr. are in the running. Let's all stop carping and get out to support them.
GOOD luck! Bon courage!
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We're thrilled he's running! I'll be curious to see if Bernie dares keep his mouth shut about this. But it is a damn shame that the Peoples Party couldn't have united with the Green Party.
1) Who would be his best running mate?
2) What can he expect to accomplish, given that he cannot possibly get the nomination?
Chris Hedges and Cornel West are great talkers.
But what have they ever done?
I know to Chris Hedges fans I may sound very much the cockeyed optimist but I am more optimistic now than when the the fascist Gipper entered the Oval Office. I was born in the middle of Quebec's most corrupt theocracy in 1948. Today Quebec is the freest most optimistic and healthiest secular humanist liberal democracy in the galaxy. Don't let the Mafia turf battle deflect from the reality of our generational need for new immigrants. Bill 21 said we will have no religion in our politics.
Maybe you can get politics into your religion.
Firstly your Supreme Court Majority would be disqualified from serving in our traffic courts.
I remember Leonard Cohen singing Democracy is coming and that was only 30 years ago Armageddon was predicted 70 ,000 years ago long before Noah and the flood.
I may be autistic but no one ever said I was stupid.
Quebec is run by its ethical and moral philosophers and the only rule we have is no religion in our politics. Leonard Cohen is Quebec in 2023.In 1948 he was a God damned Jew.