The Contrarian

“In the investment markets, what everyone knows is usually not worth knowing.”
Fareed Zakaria

A Sensible Liberal!

We used to watch Fared Zakaria’s program on Sunday mornings because of the good international news coverage, something so hard to find in our dumbed-down news networks. Then he got a little to one-sided on the left and we stopped.

Imagine our surprise when he came out criticizing the far left for the intolerance of free speech, on campuses and everywhere. Below is the article from zerohedge, and the video from CNN in which he made this commentary. It’s an excellent read.

CNN Host Fareed Zakaria Destroys ‘Tolerant’ Liberals: “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Just For Your Warm Fuzzy Ideas”

While America’s White Left believes their policies of socialism, cultural assimilation and outright disdain for anything other than their own righteous ideologies are the only way forward, Zakaria succinctly explains that it goes against the whole idea of what Liberalism is supposed to be.

American universities these days seem committed to every kind of diversity except for intellectual diversity… Conservative voices and views, already a besieged minority, are being silenced entirely… The campus thought police have gone after serious conservative thinkers like Heather McDonald and Charles Murray, as well as firebrands like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter…

Some were dis-invited… others booed interrupted and intimidated…

It’s strange that this is happening on college campuses that promise to give their undergraduates a liberal education… the word ‘liberal’ in this context has nothing to do with today’s partisan language… but refers instead to the Latin root ‘pertaining to liberty’

And at the heart of the liberal tradition in the Western world has been freedom of speech… from the beginning people understood that this meant protecting and listening to speech with which you disagreed.

Freedom of speech and thought is not just for just warm fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable… it’s for ideas that we find offensive

There is also an anti-intellectualism on the left… an attitude of self righteousness that says we are so pure, so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree.

Liberals think they are tolerant, but often they aren’t.

The left is so intolerant of other ideologies that it is only a matter of time before their refusal to accept differences among cultures, races and creeds fractures their entire chaotic movement.

We are literally at a point where wearing red, white and blue is considered blatant racism in some circles.

Soon, like rabid animals, their intolerance will be the very catalyst that drives them to turn on each other.

OUR VIEW: This intelligent statement from a liberal shows that there are still some intelligent people on the left capable of thinking rationally. It is certainly refreshing. It shows that there is still hope because with intelligent people you can have a conversation, discussion, and exchange of ideas.