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Christopher Hitchens – In Depth on CSPAN [2007]

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Best of Christopher Hitchens Arguments And Clever Comebacks Part Four

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Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett – SUBTITLES

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Full debate about Religion and Atheism Subtitles on the buttons and if you click "Remix this video!" can place this video or parts of it on your channel. Any...
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Christopher Hitchens Owns the Catholic Church (Extended Version) +Q&A+SPOILER

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Watch the IQ2 deabate- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwP4C5hjo4Y Clip edit by- https://www.youtube.com/user/atheismforthewin1.

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Christopher Hitchens – [~2005] – Why Orwell Matters

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October 21, 2002. Christopher Hitchens giving a speech based on his book about George Orwell at The Commonwealth Club. Hitch at 04:18.

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Hitchens ’10: Paxman

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Christopher Hitchens Politics and Prose

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Christopher Hitchens Politics and Prose.

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Christopher Hitchens vs Tariq Ramadan – Is Islam a Religion of Peace? [2010]

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Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan debated on October 5, 2010. Topic: 'Is Islam a Religion of Peace?' (hint: no) Moderated by Laurie Goodstein. At the 92nd Street Y.
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Hitchens and the Tea Party: Know Your Enemy  

Article by Marc Adler
























My only question in relation to Christopher Hitchens’ recent Vanity Fair article about the Tea Party is, what took so long? Why haven’t you turned your guns against this dangerous and absurd movement sooner (your lone article about Beck’s rally notwithstanding)? After all, it contains all the sinister elements that Hitchens hates, from religious political activism to blatant racism, ugly revisionism about the Constitution and staggering ignorance.

Nonetheless, Hitchens adds something crucial and too often neglected to the Tea Party debate: that reasonable people who should know better have shamefully downplayed the dangers and extremism that characterize this movement. Hitch singles out Ross Douthat, whom he considers “the voice of moderate conservatism on the New York Times op-ed page,” for arguing that the Tea Party offers “a responsible seeming message about spending and deficits.” I would add that, among many other examples, a New York Times Magazine profile piece on Beck written shortly after the “Restoring Honor” rally is far too indulgent, especially since the author claims that “no one seems to quite know what to make of Glenn Beck these days.”

Hitchens gets straight to the point by brushing aside the Birch Society aspects of Beckism and focusing on the televangelist’s (as Keith Olbermann calls him) obsession with Cleon Skousen:

“Glenn Beck has not even been encouraging his audiences to reread Robert Welch [the founder and leader of the Birch Society]. No, he has been inciting them to read the work of W. Cleon Skousen, a man more insane and nasty than Welch and a figure so extreme that ultimately even the Birch-supporting leadership of the Mormon Church had to distance itself from him.”

As I’ve discussed in a previous essay, Skousen’s The 5,000 Year Leap argues that the constitution is a work of divine inspiration, promotes apocalyptic fantasies and indulges bizarre conspiracy theories about the government. In his The Making of America he attempts to justify slavery, and he defends the Mormon Church’s policy of denying black people membership against a public backlash by dismissing the opposition as a “communist” attack, a catch-all strategy beloved by Beck and co.

By focusing on Skousen and laying bare what he really stands for, Hitchens highlights just how revolting and dangerous Beck’s worldview is. In truth Beck’s appeal stems largely from white America’s fear of losing its majority status:

“This is their response to the election of an extremely moderate half-African American candidate, who speaks better English than most and who has a model family. Revolted by this development, huge numbers of white people choose to demonstrate their independence and superiority by putting themselves eagerly at the disposal of a tear-stained semi-literate shock jock, and by repeating his list of lies and defamations. But, of course, there’s nothing racial in their attitude…”

In spite of its bitter reaction to such accusations, which includes hurling death threats at members of the NAACP who monitor bigotry, the Tea Party is indeed fundamentally racist. This makes Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally ploy of likening himself and his followers to Martin Luther King absurd (MLK’s niece’s attendance notwithstanding), especially considering that according to a Gallup poll the issue of least concern to the movement is “descrimination against minority groups.” Incidentally, Beck’s employing Martin Luther King to support his campaign of hatred and bigotry sadly negates Hitchens’ claim in God is not Great that “no one could ever use his [MLK’s] name to justify oppression or cruelty” (180).

Hitch explains that a new generation is forming around the Tea Party and Beck’s violent and vitriolic message, which may have dire consequences: “what happens at the next downturn? A large, volatile constituency has been created that believes darkly in betrayal and conspiracy. A mass ‘literature’ has been disseminated, to push the mad ideas of exploded crackpots and bigots.” As such, he fears that “some of the gun brandishing next time might be for real.”

I take Hitchens’ admonition one step further and argue that this is likely to occur sooner than many think. The economy is still depressed, and it appears a full recovery is a long way off. An impetus to violence is therefore not wanting. But even more insidious, extremely powerful people are leaguing themselves with Tea Party principles and politicians. One need look no further than the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas’s wife is the founder of a Tea Party group, and Justice Scalia has agreed to attend a private Conservative Constitutional Seminar led by incoming Tea Party Congressmen.

Above all Hitchens aptly lays blame on those who should know better than to portray Beck and the Tea Party as anything less than what they by and large are: ignorant racists and overgrown children with palpable streaks of violence whose propaganda is poisoning a sizeable chunk of America’s next generation.

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A recent graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I consider myself a student of Melville and Shakespeare. Particularly, my fascination with Moby Dick has sparked a broader interest in many fields such as politics, history, science, economics, etc, since that novel deals with disparate disciplines and issues in an encyclopedic, yet accessible manner.












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Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens  

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It is extremely difficult to describe the book Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens because it appears to be an autobiography in some ways, though the author Christopher Hitchens is not that concerned about the intricate details of his own life. He loves to discuss more about the ideas that have proved to be a driving force for his life. For example, he is more detailed about his support for the Iraq war though later on he didn't like the way the war was conducted on Iraq.

Different To Other Memoirs

It doesn't mean he doesn't like to talk about his friendships or emotions. The book Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens comes across more like a self justification. Moreover, his political thoughts weigh up strongly against his own emotions. The book is revealing, no doubt, though not in a sense most memoirs are. People reading the book Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens are more likely to react by arguing with the subject of the book rather than assimilating the lessons learnt from the life.

Intermingling Of Global and Personal Events

The personal and historical-political events in his life mix with each other and it is agreed to by the author Christopher Hitchens himself. For example, when he went to Athens to claim the body of his mother, there was a demonstration going on there against the military regime there. There he discovered the separation between the personal and political life couldn't be so clear as he previously thought.

Nasty When He Wants To

The author of the book Hitch-22: A Memoir, Christopher Hitchens, is a person who is made up of about dozen or more selves, each of which is very combative. He also has deep hatred for many people, though he doesn't explain the reasons for the same clearly. He can be extremely nasty when he wants to and he certainly doesn't like Bill Clinton. According to the book Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens, he felt bad since Clinton did not openly side with Salman Rushdie when Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwah against Rushdie.

Thoughtful Chapter on Iraq War

He writes about global incidents like personal events and the readers may have a problem with that. The chapter on the Iraq war is however very thoughtful and is aptly described as the key moment in his life. Christopher Hitchens is very sentimental about his mother, which is understandable and he is very frank about his youthful acts of commissions as well. At the same time, the book Hitch-22: A Memoir By Christopher Hitchens is extremely amusing and witty. Readers also feel moved by his devotion to his friends Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan. He is genuinely aware that he is not among the most talented writers among his contemporaries.

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