Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks accurately describes Harris’s disingenuous tactic of using extreme hypotheticals to set up scenarios that justify despicable actions targeted at Muslims while at the same time inserting caveats that enable him to respond to critics by accusing them of either misunderstanding him or acting in bad faith.
When you find yourself accusing every critic of misunderstanding you, you should ask yourself whether the real problem is that you are a rotten writer. When you find yourself accusing every critic of deliberately distorting your message in order to discredit you, you should ask yourself whether the real problem is that you are advocating rotten positions.
I think that Harris’s problem is the same as Ann Coulter’s. There are very few original ideas that any single person can come up with. Public intellectuals who are deep thinkers of the caliber of Noam Chomsky are able to come up with cogent analyses of contemporary events that make them worth reading or listening to decade after decade. But shallow thinkers like Harris and Coulter quickly run out of steam and those like them who crave media attention and/or for whom fame is the source of their main source of income have no choice but to start saying more and more outrageous things just to get noticed. It is no surprise that Harris reserves his real venom for Chomsky who showed him up for the faux intellectual he is.
Harris and Coulter are now troll twins.