Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Interview with Christopher Hitchens

The History News Network reprints an interview with Christopher Hitchens, which originally appeared at

In a particularly interesting passage, he recounts how 9/11 affected him:

Here was a time for the Left to demand a top-to-bottom house-cleaning of the state and of our covert alliances, a full
inquiry into the origins of the defeat, and a resolute
declaration in favor of a fight to the end for secular and
humanist values: a fight which would make friends of the
democratic and secular forces in the Muslim world. And instead,
the near-majority of "Left" intellectuals started sounding like
Falwell, and bleating that the main problem was Bush’s
legitimacy. So I don’t even muster a hollow laugh when this
pathetic faction says that I, and not they, are in bed with the
forces of reaction.

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