A brave Waleed Aly defied threats of violence to speak to a sold-out audience in Fremantle. Worshipful lefties were enthralled, mostly.

There isn’t anything earth-shattering about Aly’s gospel, but it is his ability to deliver it that makes what he is saying, though-provoking, evocative and downright bloody scary.

There is no denying Aly is an intellectual powerhouse.

The lecturer in politics at Monash University is alluring, intoxicating and dare I say it, sexy.

He doesn’t minding “dropping” some big ideas and I got the feeling there were moments when he was testing out his latest thesis on us, the audience

But he punctuates his ideas with enough hubris and humour to keep the audience from Googling his theoretical theories.

There was also the odd awkward moment when Aly seemed disinterested and disengaged with the audience. It felt like the crowd of hipsters and hippies were on a gigantic Tinder date with Aly and at any moment he was going to excuse himself, then climb out a bathroom window.

Yep, an audience of hippies and hipsters is enough to make anyone want to flee.

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