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Harry Seaward
12-16-2011, 02:02 AM
I'm not ashamed to admit I cried when I read this news. This man is one of the reasons for my intellectual growth. Thanks for all the help, Hitch.

NIN64
12-16-2011, 07:50 AM
This man is one of the reasons for my intellectual growth.
Agreed. I'm going to miss his writing, but I won't mourn him. He would have probably thought that was foolish.

slave2thewage
12-16-2011, 08:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiIA188QnIk

joplinpicasso
12-16-2011, 01:28 PM
I vehemently echo all three posts above mine. Rest in peace without pain, Hitch.

mostlymad
12-16-2011, 07:07 PM
Thanks for the laughs and making me think, bye Christopher Hitchens. On behalf of my own need to express things, not because I actually think he's listening. ;)

danebraddy
12-16-2011, 09:28 PM
The thing he wanted most in life was vindication. Although he never got it, I hope he left us knowing it wasn't far away.

RIP Hitch

Jinsai
12-18-2011, 12:27 AM
The thing he wanted most in life was vindication. Although he never got it, I hope he left us knowing it wasn't far away.

RIP Hitch

It's very upsetting to lose someone so brilliant, but I guess it's been coming, even though I'd hoped it wouldn't come so soon. Also, his death has come with a deluge of moronic "enjoy hell!" posts from Christians, and my socialist friends are feeling the need to attack his legacy for his conservative leanings, especially with regards to his defense of the Iraq war.

Still, I've disagreed with him on many points, agreed with him on many others, but I'll miss his input. Love him or hate him, he was a great voice, and he should be missed.

Harry Seaward
12-18-2011, 01:10 AM
It's very upsetting to lose someone so brilliant, but I guess it's been coming, even though I'd hoped it wouldn't come so soon. Also, his death has come with a deluge of moronic "enjoy hell!" posts from Christians, and my socialist friends are feeling the need to attack his legacy for his conservative leanings, especially with regards to his defense of the Iraq war.

Still, I've disagreed with him on many points, agreed with him on many others, but I'll miss his input. Love him or hate him, he was a great voice, and he should be missed.

Exactly. I can't say I agree with his views on Iraq or Bush, but that disagreement doesn't make him any less of one of the few, great public intellectuals we have.

Sutekh
05-17-2012, 08:20 AM
I just wish he'd made his position on the European far-right a bit clearer, they treat him like a saint for giving them ostensibly rational reasons to hate Muslims.

I find it funny how popular he is amongst the left, given what an advocate of US unilateralism he was

Jinsai
05-25-2012, 05:51 AM
I just wish he'd made his position on the European far-right a bit clearer, they treat him like a saint for giving them ostensibly rational reasons to hate Muslims.

I find it funny how popular he is amongst the left, given what an advocate of US unilateralism he was

He also gets reviled by the left. I rarely agreed with his political stances, and I hated his passive aggressive argument in Vanity Fair about how "women aren't funny because of evolution." It was gross.

He was an antagonistic and stubborn man, but he was also a brilliant and eloquent mind.

When I find myself agreeing with him, it's very fun to hear him out. When I disagree, it's at least thought provoking. He was well spoken and very obviously brilliant. That should be enough to forgive the fact that I don't give a fuck what he thought about Bush, as much as I'd hope a religious person could still see his eloquent side, and appreciate his stubborness.

It might bias me that I agree with his general world view, but I think that's where he spoke the strongest, and where I agree the most.

Random to bump this up though, yeah?

Sutekh
05-27-2012, 09:07 PM
Random...? I'm new so I'm looking over past threads for things of interest... Is it bad form to revive dormant threads?

I'd love to get on-side with the four horsemen of atheism, but I'm not so sure the world can cope with en masse moral relativism. I don't buy all that clash of civilisations stuff either. And Iraq pretty much killed the neocon approach to IR theory's credibility stone dead... everything they said they wouldn't have to do, they ended up doing. pretty much everything unfolded to the contrary to such a degree that one can't help but conclude that big stick & bandwaggoning logic are utter bollocks

But nonetheless, Hitch was a million times better than his moron brother... is it too late to trade?

Jinsai
05-28-2012, 01:40 AM
Random...? I'm new so I'm looking over past threads for things of interest... Is it bad form to revive dormant threads?

No... just thought it was a little random. It's definitely not bad form.

Goldfoot
06-01-2012, 10:27 PM
Shortly after he died I learned he was on Charlie Rose, so I watched the interview. It was very interesting, but kind of upsetting to watch because he looked so bad due to the cancer. One thing that struck me, especially since he'd already died at this point, was that he said he wanted to be awake when he passed. He said that it was a new experience and he wanted to be conscious for it. I didn't really know how to react to that. Not sure I even do now.