We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think it goes one step deeper. The generally-muslim areas of the world are more deeply tribal than westerners. I think they would behave similarly if they were still Zoroastrians or polytheists, and Islam is not the cause. (Not that it's been any solution, either.) The Christians and Jews in those areas have been some better, but still tribal. Social improvement on a large scale takes time.
The NW Europeans (and to some extent the NE Asians) got rather more prosperous and moved about the world. Whether that prosperity is for good reasons or bad, it is treated as bad by those who feel they should have higher status within those English, French, and Dutch-derived societies. They hate the system not because it discriminates against the brown-skinned, but because it does not favor the right white-skinned people enough. The speaker alludes to this quite accurately. The "progressive" racists, as he calls them, cannot even conceive that other societies could hate us for different reasons - they attribute muslim anger to the same sources as their own.
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Condell has a knack for speaking plainly and directly to the point. Why is he better at it than so many others? Is he actually better than others? I think he refuses to cow-tow to the prevailing political correctness and that his refusal is more successful or maybe more honest. I certainly don't agree with everything he says (I do not agree with his contempt of religion) but he is a "liberal" about it: he thinks it's stupid but he would not entertain any thought of letting you practice that "stupid" religion.
I have long made the distinction between liberals and leftists (or progressives - or even more to the point - fascists). I hope more will take up Pat's arguments. I'm sure there are a lot of people who agree with his point of view but are skittish about expressing it. If we who are in that boat do not exercise our right to express that, we will surely loose that right.
I believe you inadvertently let out a "not." (I do not agree with his contempt of religion) but he is a "liberal" about it: he thinks it's stupid but he would not entertain any thought of not letting you practice that "stupid" religion.
Otherwise very well put.
Agree that Pat Condell is direct and to the point.