Waking Up with Sam Harris #43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?

Waking Up with Sam Harris   #43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide.

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  • Seybertooth

    The problem, Sam, with your reasoning is that you take the (documented) motivations of one faction (of unknown size) of the jihadists and then extrapolates that their motivation is what also drives all other jihadists.
    You have presented no evidence to support your assumption that all "jihadists" are driven by the same exact motives, regardless of if they are ISIS-fighters in Iraq, muslim terrorists in Europe, Palestinians in Gaza or militia in Yemen.

    Indeed, that gaping hole in your reasoning causes me to question your intellectual honesty here.
    You apparently "just know" that all jihadists are driven by the same thing because you read that in some ISIS propaganda.
    That doesn't sound like you, reminds me a lot more of the people you argue against on other topics.

    (Inb4 a hundred rabid muslim-haters roll in to yell random insults.)

  • Virgil Banner

    My name' s VIRGIL BEN ABDALLAH, born Youssef Ben Abdallah (until I changed my first name) and a FRENCHMAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE BORN/RAISED MUSLIM, by my arab parents. AS AN APOSTATE AND ATHEIST for endless years, I have to GIVE MY BEST RESPECT TO HUMAN BEINGS LIKE SAM HARRIS, MICHEL ONFRAY, Christoper Hitchens, Richard Dawkings, and all the women/ladies who fight against this DEGENERATED RELIGION which Islam is. This precise "Waking Up" is VERY ACCURATE in my opinion, as an APOSTATE ! As usual, Sam Harris is PRECISE, LUCID, …..SCIENTIFIC.

  • Jessy D

    BACKGROUND CHECKS. There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Study after study has shown that very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check – they get their guns from friends/family members or by stealing them. So the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners. When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.

    That is the policy on background checks on Donald Trumps website. I would love to hear your opinion on this position. Personally I see a big flaw in this position but maybe I am wrong.

  • alex perdomo

    as a former fundemantalist christian in high school I can testify that people actually do belive these things. heaven and hell are very real in the minds if the curchgoers, I very much believed the world was 6000 years old, i wanted to have a foreign policy which encouraged war in the middle east in order to hasten the end times. I was not some lone crazy there were close to 25000 people in my mega church and these were simply accepted facts among the adherents. and again before you conclude that I was some ignoramous i got a 1500/1600 on my Sat I took and got 5/5 on AP physics, Chemistry, Calculus, and Biology. Im not stating this to toot my own horn im saying this to show the power of churches and mosques to brainwash people, especially young people who feel excluded in their communities regardless of their intelligence and otherwise rational functionality. i understood evolution perfectly well i couldve taught it to anyone i was just convinced the evidence was forged or a conspiracy. we should take these people very seriously

  • Matt Anderson

    Sam has got to be one of the greatest communicators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I am very grateful to both Sam and the fringe group that supports his podcast financially.

  • Chris talton

    Geez he really believes Isis isn't a cia creation? Sam Harris is all bullshittin

  • Red88Rex

    I'm a pretty liberal and accepting person but this is really tough for me. I listened to this podcast today and it made me pretty angry and disappointed. I love Sam because I hate religion, of all forms and denominations. I firmly believe it's the reason for all war and hate and evil in the world and we could do without ALL of it.

  • feeatlastfeeatlast

    Awesome to the tenth power.
    Thank you, Sam. A million thank you's.

  • lanemonehP

    Looks like Muslim Apologists better look for another idea to obsure

  • Peda Strianc

    Mr. Harris once remarked, (may not be the exact quote) "If we fail to talk honestly about this, it will be like giving the jihadists a vote in our elections." I am writing this, as some fortunately incompetent terrorists detonated bombs that caused no casualties in in New York and New Jersey in the last few days… If this happens a month later, it's going to put Trump in the White House.

  • Jonas Hermans

    Whether it's propaganda or not is irrelevant, lots of people believe it and that's scary…

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  • Über Mensch

    100 euros says that this "Finnish woman" wasn't a Finn.

  • Radical Whiggery

    Please someone tell me where I can get that song at the beginning.

  • OnePunchBrand

    If I had not looked up who Harris was I would think he was the one recruiting

  • Hugh Brien

    I read the Dabiq magazine. Keep pointing to these out.

  • – Xerophthalmia –

    This is the first podcast I immediately listened to a second.