"Because there are no easy remedies for social inequality, many scientists and public intellectuals also believe that the great masses of humanity are best kept sedated by pious delusions. Many assert that, while they can get along just fine without an imaginary friend, most human being will always need to believe in God. In my experience, people holding this opinion never seem to notice how condescending, unimaginative, and pessimistic a view it is of the rest of humanity-and of generations to come."
"He doesn't care to know what we're up against with political Islam. And it's a terrifying prospect because at a certain point the only people who are going to have thick enough skin to talk about this are the demagogues on our side; the Christian fascists on our side. Because someone like me will get out of the game, because it's just too much of a fucking hassle. And there are so many people who have reputations that they want to protect who agree with me on this but they can't go near this, right? It's too poisonous. They don't want Glenn Greenwald tweeting about them. That's the problem."
"Most people think there are a lot of bad people running around in the world. There aren't a lot of bad people. There are a lot of bad ideas. And bad ideas are worse than bad people because bad ideas are contagious. Bad ideas get good people to do horrible things."