Cornel West on ‘Morning Joe’

I love Joe Scarborough. He’s the only political commentator on television that I’ll actually identify with. His morning show on MSNBC has, far and away, the longest and most in-depth segments on cable news, often clocking-in at more than 10 minutes (which is remarkable for news networks).  Here is a segment with Cornel West this morning, discussing poverty [UPDATE: the link no longer works]. I appreciate Joe’s laudatory assessment of young evangelicals, a little past the 9 minute mark. The recent massive Passion conference is a good illustration of his point.


    • I don’t go quite as far as West does, but I would love to take a class with him. He’s so magnetic. Like few others, he is able to combine a seriousness and joy in every discourse I’ve seen with him. That ability to maintain utter seriousness with an underlying joy should characterize all Christian proclamation.

  1. Adding my thanks for pointing to this, Kevin. It will be interesting to see what fruit all this “no party affiliation” among the next generation–starting with my own, I think–will bear in 20 years time. Will the oligarchy still be with us?

    • Hard to say. A more educated electorate will be necessary to unmask the meaningless ideological talking points. Without such an electorate, the marketing strategies will work, and money will be the only thing necessary. Thus, as it stands, the two parties can retain their appeal and power, even to independents, as long as they can latch onto abstractions like “small government” on the right or “economic fairness” on the left…worthless chatter at the forefront of multi-million dollar iconography. I take it that Romney sees past all of this, which is why he’s a pragmatist. But, he has to play the part. I’m not endorsing Romney, but I appreciate that his actual policies (as distinct from his current rhetoric) runs across both party platforms.

      As a good Calvinist, my political philosophy is founded upon the radical corruption of man but amidst the grace of providence and restoration. Thus, both capitalism and government are evil, yet not necessarily so — paradoxical as that is. Moral categories can and should be interposed to check the power of both. Each has a set of laws (economic and political), which naturally seeks greater aggrandizement, unless each allows for the other (a sort of graced reciprocity). Thus, the nefarious abstractions of “free market” or even “social rights” are dangerous and idolatrous.

      Some of that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s late and I need to go to bed.

      • That seems like a pretty reasonable view to me. I’m glad you’re not so slavishly tied up with the Republican party like some Reformed types are nowadays!

      • Also, I have to say that I’m mystified by Ayn Rand’s popularity with some Christians.

      • On the upside, Ayn Rand’s popularity has been duly criticized by numerous conservative Christian outlets in the recent past, including Christianity Today and First Things. I think the word has spread that her ideology is Nietzschean, not Christian, but much of the Christian Right still unwittingly propagates her beliefs.

  2. If you begin with the presumption of corruption you quite literally end up with everything being corrupted.
    Even terminally so – have you really read the “news”.

    The fiction of separateness – and the denial of the universal characteristic of Prior Unity – is a mind-based illusion, a lie, a terribly deluding force, and a profoundly and darkly negative act.

    The universal and collective denial – and active refusal – of the Universal Condition and Intrinsic Law of Prior Unity is the root and substance of a perpetual (and self-perpetuating) universal crime against humanity, performed by every one and all of humankind itself.

    Ayn Rand was of course a rabid atheist. Her dark “philosophy” was every bit as benighted as that of atheistic communism. And inevitably devastating in its cultural implications and consequences.

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