Actually I sometimes like Sam Harris. I find his politics far more sympathetic than other hes associated with. I also like that he doesnt mind admitting that hes being political when he actually is being political instead of hiding behind the Im a centrist/politically neutral shit right after saying something blatantly political and abhorrent. Also I acknowledge him in certain ways that I dont acknowledge Peterson. Harris is basically unknown in the field of neuroscience but he is clearly a super smart guy who I think is capable of producing valuable work in whatever his field actually is (not neuroscience). In short, to compare Harris and Peterson, one is a low-rank public intellectual with some interesting things to say, the other is a nobody PhD who had a personality cult built around him as a result of a few YouTube videos.
There are a few things I dont like about Harris, and why I cant think of a situation where I would ever consider myself a follower of his (while in the case of Peterson I find it slightly easier, see my OP).
My big issue with him is his concretism. In other words, he makes used hypotheticals to create arguments out of thin air as if they were based on the material. Its easy to criticise Islam when the premise is a what-if related to the world, or the US being controlled by Saudi Arabia or Hamas. This is the biggest turn-off for me, because without evidence to the contrary it suggests that he doesnt have anything intellectually honest to say about the subject. It also ties into his famous thought experiments, which are used as an excuse (sometimes retroactively) to say shit he knows is too whack to get away with. Oh did I something bad? Dont worry, it was just a thought experiment. This, along with assertions that some people just dont understand his work, I think is nonsense. Ultimately you trust the tale, not the teller. Doubly true if the teller contradicts himself instead of defending his work. Ive got to say that I think hes basically a pussy.
And I just naturally dislike militant atheists. So as far as his role in that movement is concerned he could follow Richard Dawkins et al into a black hole for all I care.