Bill Maher asked Cornell West what he thought about the socialism charges being hurled at Obama in the last days of the election...
And Cornell West answered...
For me it’s just an exciting moment to be alive when you see that kind of desperation. You see...it really is. That’s what it is. It’s the last gasp of the conservative era where the economics of greed, the culture of indifference and the politics of fear have been brought together in such a way that it hides and conceals the plight of poor people and working people.
More than likely....look, look at what they said about Martin Luther King, Jr.: He was Communist.
They probably say Jesus, Jesus loved the poor: Communist
Amos: Loved the poor, Communist
So, in that sense it’s an exciting thing to behold. But we’re in a transitional moment. The real question is...can we generate a commitment to fairness and justice in the face of greed? Can we generate compassion in the face of indifference and can we generate hope in the face of fear?
Watch the whole video. It's great.