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July 2, 2008 / chrisisgross

Christopher Hitchens

One of my intellectual heroes is Christopher Hitchens. He is a wonderful thinker, writer and raconteur. He has always firmly supported his ideas in print and in person through thoroughly researched and thought out reasoning. Over the last few decades his far left views have been moderated some. He has remained a maverick and his work in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Slate and Vanity Fair is always provocative and creative.

Recently he has published a book called God is Not Great, which I have been meaning to read(though I have a bunch of titles to get through first), but what has inspired this post is this video on Vanity Fair. He had previously made an argument in an article for Slate that waterboarding was not torture. His support for the war has ostracized him even further from the left(and bothered me as well) and since he is such a bulldog he has not tempered his statements one bit.

His readers challenged him to be waterboarded to see if it truly was or was not torture and the video is compelling. Not only does it show the terror of the event I am amazed by Hitchens willingness to stand by his idea(l)s.

I may not agree with Hitchens as much as I once did, but he definitely falls into the category of conservative writers like George F. Will, P.J. O’Rourke,¬† and the late William F. Buckley Jr. that I really admire. While I am sure Hithcens would not enjoy being classified with these three for me they are all excellent writers who present a bright thesis and than unpack it through the course of their piece.


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