I have attended two conferences that presented Cornel West as its key note speaker. Most recently, the African American Studies department at the University of Houston invited him as a speaker and public intellectual. West promulgates the need for leftist ideology in the 21st century as a juxtaposed construct to: religion, corporate greed, youth, white supremacy, and global patriarchy. Furthermore, West addresses the weakness of American democracy as an enlightened construct that ushered in a capitalist system that transformed Atlantic history by giving birth to white supremacy. Thus the creation of neo-racism and neo-slavery via democracy and capitalism set the stage for black oppression circa 1776 to 1963. West, as I have stated here before, dismisses the birth of America as this great liberal construct vis-a-vis 18th century European progress. Watch West (see video clip) address the issue of being a leftist and listen to how he links the historical to the present. Although not directly, listen to how West differentiates between historical and present liberalism and leftism.