[lbo-talk] Christopher Hitchens dead

// ravi ravi at platosbeard.org
Fri Dec 16 06:46:50 PST 2011

On Dec 16, 2011, at 9:37 AM, Carl G. Estabrook wrote:
> I think that's right. He'll be remembered as part of the pantomime horse that Terry Eagleton called "Ditchkins" ...

And also as the author of the term “Islamofascism”. Since Hitchens did not share his prime toddy with me (unlike other listmembers), I harbour no warmth towards the toad. His only redeeming value to me was the [at times suitably ad hominem] slap down he delivered to Dinesh D’Souza in one of those otherwise intolerable debates about God and Religion and what not that abound on YouTube.


> Requiescat in pace.
> On Dec 16, 2011, at 5:22 AM, Joseph Catron wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM, Angelus Novus <
>> fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Looking at the tribute threads at places like Reddit, it's strange to
>>> realize that there are a whole generation of younger people for whom
>>> Hitchens is a hero primarily because he wrote that book on his atheism.
>>> That's basically what he's going to be remembered for, as being part of the
>>> group that includes Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett.
>> I tend to assume that, much to Hitchens' misfortune, his cheerleading for
>> multiple wars towards the end of his life will be remembered longer than
>> that. Those things had real consequences. New Atheism has been a fun little
>> intellectual diversion, like the Death of God theologians of the 1960s but
>> without the substance. (And in fairness to the departed, he was the best of
>> the bunch. Unlike those other two, he wrote rollicking good polemics,
>> rather than droning bad arguments.)
>> --

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