US Politics Final Exam:
Right now our world is facing some of the toughest challenges it has ever seen:
(FIX)climate change, global poverty, ethnic and religious conflict, terrorism and preemptive
However, while the world is facing many deplorable situations, our nation is also
struggling with a hurdle of its own, the loss of true democracy.
While it is true that
democratic freedom is the instrument of prosperity and saves million of lives, if altered, it is
also the cause of devastation.
Cornel West, a revered social and economic philosopher, has
written and published many books proclaiming his democratic theories and beliefs, mainly on
West is one who strongly believes that while America is a strong democratic
nation, it is struggling from waning democratic values.
That we are suffering from
deteriorating democratic powers, the rise of imperialism and corruption in our government.
West argues the greatest threats plaguing our democracy come in the form of three
antidemocratic dogmas, that are dangerous, threatening and make democracy matters
frightening in our time, West states,
“Democracy matters are frightening in our time precisely because the
three dominant dogmas of free-market fundamentalism, aggressive
militarism, and escalating authoritarianism are snuffing out the
democratic impulses that are so vital for the deepening and spread of
democracy in the world.”(7-8)
However, while these are the three main hurdles America is dealing with, West believes that it
is something greater that is affecting and causing these issues.
He believes it is nihilism, the
belief in nothing. While these issues are extremely affecting our nation, few people
understand that these problems also affect the world too.
While we suffer from nihilism,
West argues, that we cannot resolve our foreign affairs until we resolve our problems at home.
That if America wants to become an example of true democratization around the world, we
must first realize the long history of corruption that has plagued our own country,