Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Classic Hitch

Wisdom from Hitchens:
George Bush may subjectively be a Christian, but he—and the U.S. armed forces—have objectively done more for secularism than the whole of the American agnostic community combined and doubled. The demolition of the Taliban, the huge damage inflicted on the al-Qaida network, and the confrontation with theocratic saboteurs in Iraq represent huge advances for the non-fundamentalist forces in many countries. The "antiwar" faction even recognizes this achievement, if only indirectly, by complaining about the way in which it has infuriated the Islamic religious extremists around the world. But does it accept the apparent corollary—that we should have been pursuing a policy to which the fanatics had no objection?

Ditto! Read the whole thing.

Have I ever said how much I like Christopher Hitchens? 'Cause, I mean, if gay marriage were legal, and Hitch wasn't already married or British, and I was into that kind of thing, I would definitly send him a kind letter.

The best thing about Hitch is that he is not some partisan soldier of the right, so no one can accuse him of blind fealty to a political agenda. He eulogized Reagan by referring to him as a “cruel and stupid lizard” and he was intensely critical of Mother Teresa, who he saw as a dictator’s pawn (she was sponsored, in part, by the Duvalier regime in Haiti) as well as a “fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.”

Here's Hitch's code summed up in on of his books, Letters to a Young Contrarian:
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the “transcendent” and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.

I don't know that I agree with all of that, but its worth considering.


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