Taken from Dr. Cornel West’s Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism:

Since American Civilization is first and foremost a business culture – a market-driven society – its elected officials and corporate elites are preoccupied with economic growth and national prosperity.  That is why it has been primarily artistic, activist, and intellectual voices from outside the political and economic establishments who have offered the most penetrating insights and energizing visions and have pushed the development of the American democratic project.