Sam Harris: Hitchens wouldn’t vote for Trump

 

 

Sam Harris makes a good argument – that Hitch may have been willing to overlook Hilary’s shortcomings as a Presidential candidate, providing she planned to take action on the issue that was most important to him at the time: stopping Al Queda and its surrogates (which would have included Isis). This was back in 2007. I think if Hitch were here today, he would also be very concerned about Trump’s attacks on the free press. Let’s remember that Hitch was a First Amendment absolutist. He would not like Trump’s stated goal of making it easier to sue the press.

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Whadda Ya Got to Lose?

I’m sure Hitch would have had something to say about the language Donald Trump used in his recent, ineloquent outreach to the  African American community. After saying its schools were horrible and its communities dangerous, he said “Give me a try – Whadda you got to lose ?”

It’s the same language Hitchens used when he mocked the god of Pascal’s Wager. The offer, he said, goes something like  this: “Why not believe in God?  Whadda you got to lose ?

Here are videos of Hitch explaining the “Whadda ya got to lose” proposition (1:04 mark) (and as an added bonus he does an impression of  Bertrand Russell), followed by Mr. Trump using, just about the same phrase, with his ‘offer’ (at the :55 mark).

 

 

CONVICTED!

 

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Here is some good news. Hate preacher Anjem Choudary was convicted by a UK court, of supporting ISIS. It is high time. He can get up to 10 years in prison, which does not seem like enough, but it’s a great start. See the BBC story for details

Not unsurprisingly, Hitchens spoke out against him. Forward to 1:45 in the video below for the part where he addresses Choudary.