I heard the news that Christopher Hitchens has died.
I was reminded of the so-many intellectual midgets who crawl parasitically in the climate debate. They survive because their very lebensraum is defined by the considered opinions of others, in the middle of which they position their own.
Hitchens had said in this regard:
The truth cannot lie, but if it could, it would lie somewhere in between
Settling down in the middle is easy because you don’t have to have an idea or thought. You only need to know how to mark out territory. This brings endless advantages, chiefly, the ability to constantly indulge in territorial wrangling and pass that off as new thinking.
In this regard, Hitchens:
If you care about agreement and civility, then, you had better be equipped with points of argument and combativity, because if you are not then the “center” will be occupied and defined without your having helped to decide it, or determine what and where it is
I hope his words are not lost on those who sacrifice principle at the altar of expedience.