Hitchens (slightly) for Bush
Posted by Peter W. Schramm
Christopher Hitchens has endorsed Bush, perhaps oddly, writing in The Nation. Typical Hitchens. Good read, and revealing.
1:19 PM / October 23, 2004
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I dont like and dont trust Christopher Hitchens, he is an arrogant poseur bragging with his knowledge about international giants of thought like Enzensberger (uuhu!), vastly unapologetic about his socialistic past and above all a rabid anti-zionist.
President Bush needs his endorsement as much as he needs the flu or Pat Buchanans.
He might effectively criticize and deconstruct his former comrades, but he will never be a true friend.
It is not as it was such a great virtue per se to have been a leftist lunatic for the most part of ones live.
Christian: Good and true. Thanks.
And The Nation printed it?!?!
Nonsense. Hitchens has clearly had an epiphany over time.
His previous socialist principles have apparently met with reality, and rather than abandon reality, he has revised many of them in realitys favor. Not unlike so many of the European socialists who had to re-think their premises in light of their experience.
As to trusting his viewpoint -- as Reagan observed: "trust, but verify."
Hitchens has to be taken with that proverbial grain of salt; but he is not what he once was -- hes beginning to recognize reality; even if through a distorted lens.
Hitchens, December 11, 2003:
I must have missed one or two epiphaniae (is this the right plural form?), to write such nonsense as above.
I didnt say he has not changed at all, I just still dislike him and dont see him as an ally or friend.
If others feel satisfied by his changes so far, I dont. GWB is a far greater far more humble man than him.
It would be a mistake to accept every insulting comment with a grain of sanity in it as an endorsement.
Hitchens has been completely consistent and has my respect for this fact.
His break with the radical left over Iraq and Afghanistan -- and over their support for Islamacism in general -- is clearly tied to his leftist principles. Islamacism oppresses the poor and powerless and therefore he opposes it.
He is also willing to recognize and salute the revolutionary risks Bush is taking in response.
Hitchens isnt trying to be a friend to the right. He is being a leftist with the courage of his convictions.
I should add that it is precisely his stature on the left that has editors of journals like the Nation, and left-wing journalists like Johann Hari in the Independent, asking for interviews and columns from Hitchens.
VDH, Response to Readership, August 2004
I respect consistency over opportunism and Trotskism over postmodern moral relativism, I disrespect anti-zionism and arrogance and I hold no one in special above all earthly regard just because he belongs to the European aristocracy of thought.
I dont know how much courage of conviction you need to be a Briton anti-Zionist and socialist, whereas I know from my own experience that it needs some courage to actually blame Islamofascism and not Amerika for 9/11 and global terrorism here. But this is more a shocking aspect of European moral decadence than a cue to the higher virtue of Christopher Hitchens.
If you like to read Hitchens and his sophisticated ilk, enjoy, Im fed up with Europes higher beings and prefer crude American rationality.
I once read in a left wing German newspaper (Berlins Tagesspiegel?, I dont remember), that Michael Moore was the leading American intelectual of our days , so to be held in high regard by left-wing journalists is from my viewpoint more of a slur than a compliment
intellectual of course, apparently Im not an intellectual, but just an angry young (Ger)man, and I guess I should calm down again now, thx for your erstwhile compliment professor Schramm, I highly appreciate your site and above all your audio archive