Yuval Noah Harari? Certainly. Klaus Schwab? Without a doubt. Bill Gates? Not yet certain but sure looks like it. Donald Trump? Yes, on several occasions, usually from the time he wakes up until his going to sleep. (And I like him after a certain fashion. Forgive me.)
But the guy who has got away with high-minded folly for years is Sam Harris, until a revealing moment on Triggernometry this week. By folly I mean holding positions in a semblance of a rational way, in a calm voice, that substantially negate his claims to rationality. Indulging in vice – which is what Trump Derangement Syndrome is – while holding oneself out to be an avatar of enlightenment. Pretending to virtue you don’t have. All the meditation in the world has had no effect on bringing Harris to enlightenment, or even practical wisdom.
Harris admitted the full extent of his folly this week on Triggernometry, by defending the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story before the election so that, in his view, the greater good could be realized. When you espouse this kind of cynicism you evaporate whatever moral credibility you might have had. Another false god bites the dust.
See Harris at minute 33:37 for the Hunter Biden confessions -that he favoured the suppression of the Hunter Biden story. It is worth seeing all of it as a guru self destructs. Checking all the boxes of a good liberal does not excuse the espousal of anti-democratic views. To put it another way, Harris cannot escape with holding to the equivalent of the child Satanic panic of the 1980s, which is what Trump Derangement Syndrome is. The Triggernometry interviewers failed to point this out to Harris.