Communicative Action: The Logos Interviews (Logos: by Amy L. Buzby

By Amy L. Buzby

This quantity of interviews from the preferred on-line magazine trademarks are prepared round the severe and formative issues of the decline of politics and tradition, the increase in American imperialism, the situation within the center East and the necessity to forge new choices and modes of resistance. The insights and demanding situations provided within the interviews are the most important for energetic thinkers seeking to reply thoughtfully, successfully and rigorously to the crises that form our occasions.

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So there was Daley, head of the plantation. But then came Harold Washington. Harold died too soon. He would have been fantastic. If he were alive today the country itself would have been affected for the better by him. There’s no question in my mind. Harold was brilliant, funny and heads above the others. Daley Junior is not brutal like his father. I’m not saying he’s nicer than the old man. The brutality is in the situation. Things have altered to some extent. So it’s not the same and it’s just the same.

Q: Do you think that the present Bush administration is an example of very bad political luck, or is it indicative of something much more endemic to America? West: Oh, no, it’s endemic because America has always had this deep battle between imperialist strands and democratic strands. America was born as an empire on indigenous people’s lands and on indigenous people’s backs, *This interview with Cornel West was conducted by Eduardo Mendieta at Cornel West’s office at Princeton University on April 6, 2004.

West: In the Supreme Court itself? Q: Yeah. 52 Cornel West West: Well, I think Breyer is a very brave man, a very decent man. I thank God he’s on the court, but that’s a relative judgment. You measure him against Scalia and you want to have a party, right? [laughter] At the same time, I think that when it comes to the larger issues regarding the philosophy of law and so on and so forth, I’ve always viewed pragmatism in its relation to the law, going all the way back to Holmes, as [on the one hand] liberating—in terms of getting beyond certain narrow forms of legal positivism, and trying to take history and experience seriously, and the dynamism of the law I like.

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