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Christopher Hitchens is dead.:

 1 Tibetan Fox, Thu, 15th Dec '11 10:14:46 PM from Death Continent
Feels Good, Man
Given this is a website about writing, let those of us who give a shit reflect upon the death of a Damn good writer.

The world will be a slightly less interesting and amusing place for being without him.
Ad Victoriam!
Just saw this on Huffington Post, and read the article at Vanity Fair. This is a sad day. He was a great writer. He'll be missed.
"Jerusalem - that birthplace of all our dreams, that graveyard of all our hopes." - Christopher Hitchens
 3 Catalogue, Thu, 15th Dec '11 11:47:53 PM from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Yeah, you can argue against his politics, but the man was a damn good writer indeed. I can read his pieces about political maneuvers I don't understand with dozens of references I don't recognise, and still be entertained by his prose style.

edited 15th Dec '11 11:48:37 PM by Catalogue

The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Sad news indeed.

 5 d Roy, Fri, 16th Dec '11 12:53:54 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Who?

[up] He was an English socialist atheist polemicist who angered a lot of people by supporting things like the war in Iraq, impeaching Clinton, and being an outspoken atheist. You may have heard of his book God Is Not Great. Pity he's died but he had cancer so it was far from unexpected.

 7 Catalogue, Fri, 16th Dec '11 5:41:37 AM from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
And lambasting Mother Teresa. That I think angered more people than any of his other antics.
The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
scratching at .8, just hopin'
Rest in peace Chris, didn't care for your politics but respected your arguments.

And check it - he went without any sort of deathbed conversion.
 9 johnnyfog, Fri, 16th Dec '11 9:04:19 AM from NYC Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Not entirely a douche
Hitchens was so not a socialist. He was a libertarian in the U.S. tradition.
PHD in Thuganomics
I'll miss him. Even when I disagreed with him, he was almost always interesting,
Currently taking a break from the site. See my user page for more information.
Pro-Freedom Fanatic
He hit the fundies where it hurts... Even when he supported neocon policy, he did it out of a sincere desire to screw the fundies no matter their country or particular religion.

You can rest in peace, Chris Hitchens... The fight against theocracy ain't over. wink

edited 16th Dec '11 9:19:36 AM by SavageHeathen

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 12 pagad, Fri, 16th Dec '11 10:14:05 AM from perfidious Albion Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Sneering Imperialist
socialist

um what

In his early life, yes, but definitely not his later years.

But yes, it's a shame he's gone. It wouldn't surprise me if his infinitely more obnoxious brother is gloating about it.

edited 16th Dec '11 10:15:21 AM by pagad

Ad Victoriam!
In his early years, if you read his memoir, you come to understand he represented himself as a Trostkyist, and only turned towards the right after 9/11. He'll be missed.
"Jerusalem - that birthplace of all our dreams, that graveyard of all our hopes." - Christopher Hitchens
Hitchens was so not a socialist. He was a libertarian in the U.S. tradition.

That is a commonly held misconception. Up until the day Hitchens died he advocated for a highly regulated market and viewed the US's lack of nationalized healthcare as an embarrassment. Whether or not that makes him a socialist, he was by no means a libertarian (in US terms).

The one area where Hitch's beliefs diverge really strongly from the typical left-wing viewpoint involve military intervention and his belief that one can "spread democracy."

edited 16th Dec '11 12:03:36 PM by ForlornDreamer

RIP :(
 
Cogito ergo cogito
Another great speaker has fallen silent.

I actually got the news from SMBC-comics, which has an 'in memoriam' for him in the under-bar, which I found funny before seeing the context.

'It's gonna rain!'
 17 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 16th Dec '11 3:00:57 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
Oh, man...

This is a sad day.

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 18 Yuanchosaan, Fri, 16th Dec '11 4:38:47 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Complex: I'm real, she is imaginary
antic disposition
Peter Hitchens wrote a tribute. It's very touching.
"Doctor Who means never having to say you're kidding." - Bocaj
Pro-Freedom Fanatic
[up] I've always despised Peter Hitchens, but I've been able to read through the whole article without even once remembering how much I hate'im. Touching indeed...
You exist because we allow it and you will end because we demand it.
Ad Victoriam!
I have a dislike for Peter Hitchens, but that was actually touching.
"Jerusalem - that birthplace of all our dreams, that graveyard of all our hopes." - Christopher Hitchens
 21 USAF713, Fri, 16th Dec '11 5:25:30 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
I'm not familiar with either of these people, but Savage described him with the term "neocon" so I'm already disinclined to feel significant sympathy for him past the generic "RIP" social motions...
I am now known as Flyboy.
 22 johnnyfog, Fri, 16th Dec '11 5:32:31 PM from NYC Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Not entirely a douche
I'm surprised he and Chris never got on, considering — politics aside — they both hated everybody equally.
PHD in Thuganomics
 23 The Gloomer, Fri, 16th Dec '11 5:33:12 PM from Northern Ireland
Inadequate law student
They're a curious pair. Their age difference was not too great, and I assume they had the same upbringing, so it's strange that one ended up more or less on the leftist extreme while the other is one of Britain's most hardline rightists.

[up][up][up]See, that's part of what I liked about Hitchens: He was an honest-to-goodness Neoconservative—that is, he believed in the promotion of democracy through foreign policy. It wasn't about the military-industrial complex or anything like that; he was clearly sincere.
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Pro-Freedom Fanatic
[up] He was an interventionist, yeah... But describing Christopher Hitchens as a conservative does him a disservice.

edited 16th Dec '11 5:40:35 PM by SavageHeathen

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