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Undead Ideas about Ideas: Intellectual History & the New Atheists

Last week, Jacobin published an essay by Luke Savage on three of the leading lights of the “New Atheist” movement – Richard Dawkins, the now deceased Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. Savage’s argument is clear and sound: obsessed with the threat of some monolithic entity called “Islam,” Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris have aided, abetted, and very much contributed to the racist political discourse that informs and supports American imperialist projects in the Middle East.Savage’s article is the latest member of a now large family tree of essays taking down the New Atheists – many authors, including myself, have spilled Read more