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Hall of Shame:

Why the “New Atheists” are Right Wing on Foreign Policy

Robert Wright
Posted: July 13, 2009.

Print: Huffington Post

It must strike progressive atheists as a stroke of bad luck that Christopher Hitchens, leading atheist spokesperson, happens to have hawkish views on foreign policy. After all, with atheists an overwhelmingly left-wing group, what were the chances that the loudest infidel in the western world would happen to be on the right?

Actually, the chances were pretty good. When it comes to foreign policy, a right-wing bias afflicts not just Hitchens’s world view, but the whole ideology of “new atheism,” especially as seen in the work of Hitchens allies Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.

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Wholly deserving of the hall of shame. Shameful and boring at best.

posted on July 13, 2009
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My head hurts after reading that nonsense.  What, exactly, was he arguing for…or against?  I’m still confused.

posted on July 13, 2009
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20th century politics will not solve this 21st century problem. Socialism was fatally flawed from the outset. A still-born corpse that gave us Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin among others. Unbounded capitalism will strip the planet bare as it knows nothing other than ‘the bottom line’. The idea of right and left in politics is old hat. Sooo last century.  Where do we go? A rational capitalism that recognises who owns the ‘credit’ that businesses thrive on. Credit comes from everyone’s future earnings and this places a burden of social responsibility on the business organisations that use it. This is not recognised in law and this is why the economic model fails, because it is flawed. Public ownership of credit is not recognised so, unfettered by any responsibility other than making money, businesses are cut-throat, bottom-line concerns that can act in only one way. So no, right-wing, left-wing doesn’t come into it. There is simply no god. The rest is to be reasoned out between us once we get god out the way.

posted on July 14, 2009
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4. NewEnglandBob

This article is nonsense.

posted on July 17, 2009
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I will forever be amazed at the webs people like Robert Wright weave in efforts to assert what they think (or want to think) is factual accuracy. 
Does he really think the Israeli/Palestinian conflict isn’t rooted in religion?  To call it an ethnic war is fine, but he conveniently leaves out the act that each ethnic group is deeply religious, an in fact, seem to define themselves by their religious views.
Both want Jerusalem badly.  In fact, peace talks during the Arafat era hinged on who “got” Jerusalem.  When they couldn’t reach an agreement on who got to call Jerusalem theirs, the most promising talks between the two nations to date deteriorated. 
Why Jerusalem?  Birthplace of Jesus ring a bell?
I’d call that religious.
Mr. Wright needs to read more history.
...or maybe I do…

posted on July 17, 2009
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Bill 2:  You do your readers a disservice by equating Socialism with Hitler and Stalin.  I’m confused.  Who were these guys exactly?  The religious right claims that that Hitler and Stalin Atheists, and that what they did was the natural, inevitable outcome of their godlessness.  Never mind genital mutilation, amputations for petty theft, widow and witch burnings, West Bank settlers, Left Behind theology, and sacred homophobia. 

No.  Stalinism and Naziism were totalitarian regimes of the sort George Orwell, a life long Socialist, satirizes and decries in “Animal Farm” and “1984.”  They have nothing whatever to do with Socialism, but everything to do with naked agression and power politics. 

Sometimes ideologies go horribly wrong.  IMHO, If you want to see an example of Socialism gone quite right, see the Democratic Socialism of the likes of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

posted on July 21, 2009
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