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Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual . [1] [2] The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of race , gender , and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness." A radical democratic socialist , [3] [4] West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity , the black church , Marxism , neopragmatism , and transcendentalism . [5] [6] [7] [8] Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004).

West is an outspoken voice in American leftist politics, and as such has been critical of members of the Democratic Party, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton . [9] [10] [11] He has held professorships at Harvard University , Princeton University , Yale University , Pepperdine University , Union Theological Seminary , and the University of Paris during his career. He is also a frequent commentator on politics and social issues in many media outlets. [12]

From 2010 through 2013, West co-hosted a radio program with Tavis Smiley , called Smiley and West . [13] [14] He has also been featured in several documentaries, and made appearances in Hollywood films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions , providing commentary for both films. West has also made several spoken word and hip hop albums, and due to his work, has been named MTV 's Artist of the Week. [15] He has also been portrayed on Saturday Night Live by Kenan Thompson . [16]

One of the most important yet misunderstood concepts for modern Gnostics is that of the Counterfeit Spirit. I get varied descriptions, ranging from associating it with the dreaded ego to a Homer Simpson imp that magically appears on your shoulder urging you to fake your death in order to skip work.

In reality, the Counterfeit Spirit is far more complex yet kick-in-the-groin identifiable once its metaphysical subtleties are captured. And like most notions in Gnosticism, it stresses the existential urgency for spiritual transcendence because the human condition is far worse than imagined.

To put it simply but not exactly, the Counterfeit Spirit is the Gnostic equivalent of Original Sin, though instead of paying for the sin of Adam’s disobedience we’re paying for the sin of God’s insecurity (as will be revealed shortly). Furthermore, the Counterfeit Sprit is far more than just a stain of sin within our inner being—it’s a spreading lagoon of deterministic doom reaching into the very fabric of time and space itself.

Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual . [1] [2] The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of race , gender , and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness." A radical democratic socialist , [3] [4] West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity , the black church , Marxism , neopragmatism , and transcendentalism . [5] [6] [7] [8] Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004).

West is an outspoken voice in American leftist politics, and as such has been critical of members of the Democratic Party, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton . [9] [10] [11] He has held professorships at Harvard University , Princeton University , Yale University , Pepperdine University , Union Theological Seminary , and the University of Paris during his career. He is also a frequent commentator on politics and social issues in many media outlets. [12]

From 2010 through 2013, West co-hosted a radio program with Tavis Smiley , called Smiley and West . [13] [14] He has also been featured in several documentaries, and made appearances in Hollywood films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions , providing commentary for both films. West has also made several spoken word and hip hop albums, and due to his work, has been named MTV 's Artist of the Week. [15] He has also been portrayed on Saturday Night Live by Kenan Thompson . [16]


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