[lbo-talk] My Letter To CH

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Mon Dec 19 13:27:27 PST 2011

On Dec 19, 2011, at 4:16 PM, // ravi wrote:

> On Dec 19, 2011, at 3:03 PM, Doug Henwood wrote:
>> On Dec 19, 2011, at 2:56 PM, // ravi wrote:
>>> On Dec 17, 2011, at 12:20 PM, Carl G. Estabrook wrote (quoted):
>>>> "There’s one other aspect to the adulation of Hitchens that’s quite revealing. There seems to be this sense that his excellent facility with prose excuses his sins."
>>> “One of us” syndrome?
>> Who exactly believes that?
> I am assuming someone is, the person(s) the author that CGE is quoting is referring to. I didn’t mean to imply (implicate?) you :-).

Well I've heard a lot of this sort of thing over the last couple of days. Liberals, who rarely have a problem with imperial war (except maybe a stylistic one when it's started by a Republican) may fit this bill, but no anti-imperialist was seduced by the guy's prose style into changing his or her mind. Some people like me, who hated his political turn over the last 10 years, felt personal sorrow at his death, but even more sorrow over what happened to the better Hitchens who'd died ten years earlier. Evidently I'm not the only Palladio working in straw.


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