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Grizwald

New Atheism and Sam Harris

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Why do so many objectivists seem obsessed with the likes of Sam Harris? I mean he criticizes Islamic Totalitarianism and points out the fundamental problems with theism but so what? He is a determinist through and through (say's free will doesn't exist) has said disgusting things about Ayn Rand and objectivism. Has no problem using state force for any means if he thinks they will benefit the "greater good" of society. Doesn't even know what the concept of free markets are. I mean when it comes to his political commentary the guy is an outright clown, he basically couldn't find any criticisms for the likes of Hillary Clinton. Do people like him because they have a deep-rooted hatred for Muslims and he can articulate the problems with and in islam far better than they could themselves? And also Dave Rubin, he seems like a decent guy but everyone who comes on his show he agrees with, one day you can convince him of objectivism/capitalism one day he can be convinced to be a conservative and the next day a socialist. This whole thing about classical liberals is special because of what, they aren't radical social justice warriors? So what they still don't under stand the concept of individual rights.

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4 hours ago, Grizwald said:

Why do so many objectivists seem obsessed with the likes of Sam Harris? 

I only have a vague, mostly second-hand idea of Sam Harris; but, I agree that he differs from Objectivists in pretty fundamental ways. Indeed, a decade ago, most Objectivists who point out his good bits would probably have focused on his bad bits. I think the reason is that one picks one's battles: and, I assume more Objectivists who listen to Harris, link to him, etc. would also acknowledge his flaws.

Analogously, the defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan took the west from fighting an enemy whose philosophy was based on explicit naturalism and reason (the commies ;) ) to an enemy with a mystical belief in the "uncreated" nature of an ancient scripture. 

 

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