Podcast: Islamism, Liberalism, Civil Society and the European Migrant Crisis

American philosopher and neuroscientist, Sam Harris speaks with British author and commentator Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society and the European migrant crisis, in the latest episode of Harris’s Waking Up podcast.

What have we become? Inspired by "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris (Credit Wikipedia)

What have we become? Inspired by “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris (Credit Wikipedia)

The two hour podcast ranges widely over issues that are currently causing turmoil in civil society on both sides of the Atlantic culminating in this summer’s hugely disruptive European migrant crisis.

Merkel’s million migrant march crisis has turned public policy in Europe on its head, seriously undermined the European Union and opened the door to the risk of more Paris-style terror attacks by Islamist extremists entering Europe via uncontrolled criminal smuggling operations driving the migrant flow.

In “Migrant Crisis? Europe Hasn’t Seen Anything Yet”, his recent analysis of Europe’s German-led undoing, Douglas Murray writes of  Europe’s migrant mess as “cultural suicide, dressed-up in the language of palliative care”.

He continues: “What is now being called Europe’s “migrant crisis” is far more than that. It is in fact a crisis of European thought and of political leadership. At the heart of this crisis are the irreconcilable feelings of the European publics, the problems of a European political class trying to found policies based on those contradictions and a continent-wide unwillingness to think this crisis through beyond short-term emotionalism to any of its logical endpoints … Assuming that the majority of the arrivals are economic migrants and that we are going to do little or nothing to prevent them coming, ought not Europeans to try to start thinking their way through the first-principles questions? Such as: “Is it the job of Europeans to give a better standard of living in our continent to anybody in the world who wants it?’

Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. He is co-founder and chief executive of the (non-profit) Project Reason, an organization that promotes science and secularism. He is author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). Sam Harris has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. Visit his website here

Douglas Murray is a Scottish writer, journalist and commentator. He is currently the associate director of The Henry Jackson Society. He appears regularly on British broadcast media, commentating on issues from a conservative standpoint, and is often critical of Islam. He writes publications, such as Standpoint, the Wall Street Journal and The Spectator.

(Acknowledgements to the Sam Harris website for the podcast and to Wikipedia for the biographical notes.)

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