VIDEO: FAS '14 Speaker Cornel West Talks about Hot Topics in Interview for HuffPost

Dr. West speaks at the Foreign Affairs Symposium in spring 2014.

Dr. West speaks at the Foreign Affairs Symposium in spring 2014.


FAS ‘14 speaker Cornel West sat down with HuffPost Live for an interview and touched on some current issues-- from reactions to his critique of President Obama to the recent controversy between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck.

In a cover story for Rolling Stone, Nobel Prize winning economist and liberal icon Paul Krugman defends President Obama in the midsts of low approval ratings and numerous high-profile criticisms-- including one from Cornel West.

In a clip from the interview, West explains why Krugman has got his argument all wrong:

 

"Paul, he’s wrong. He’s my dear brother and I appreciate his contribution, but he’s wrong about that," West said. "The claim from the left is not [that] Obama's eloquence would have pushed through against the Republicans' entrenched position.

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In a heated debate last week, Bill Maher and Ben Affleck discussed Islam, liberal ideology, and the surge of violence in the Middle East. Cornel West weighs in on the debate during the following clip.

 

“I agree with Brother Bill Maher in terms of being honest about the challenge of democracy vis-à-vis any religious tradition," West said, but he does not agree with "the degree to which it seems as if it’s an obsession with Islam."

“I don’t think that somehow Islam is inherently or innately [oppressive]," West added. "It’s a cultural and historical phenomenon, it can undergo democratization, it can undergo liberalization like any other religious tradition.”

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You can view the interview with Dr. West in its entirety here.