“I was pitched to debate Sam Harris. That didn’t come off. I’m a bit sorry that didn’t happen.”
Of course it’s the very same assumption at work in the evolution debate, on the part of those who dismiss the suppression of intelligent design dissidents.
A good and worthwhile conservation movement is being corrupted, and this hurts humans, especially in the developing world and among marginalized groups.
Solzhenitsyn’s basic advice is simply not to participate with lies, and to refuse to speak what one does not believe. It’s unnervingly relevant counsel.
“I’ve resisted it. But the bit [about being] behind the Iron Curtain — there’s virtually no one alive that knows about that many details.”