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Who is Christopher Hitchens?
Hate him or love him, Christopher Hitchens cares not. There is a lot of confusion as to what Hitchens actually does for a living, from accusations of being political agent provocateur, a shameless sexist, to a God-hating misanthrope. The truth is that Mr. Hitchens is an English-born (now a naturalized American citizen) author and journalist.
His title and numerous appearances as a public intellectual have caused quite the stir on more than one occasion. His appearances on the debating floor, news outlets and sporadic and often eccentric spontaneous outbursts have divided the public at large. But why? What is so incendiary about his remarks? Is it what he says, or the way he says them? Or both? This article will outline some of Christopher Hitchens's most notable controversies without fear or favor. On we go.
Playing Twister With Logic
Mr.Hitchens is known and generally despised for his ability to make spaghetti out of people's logic in public. His merciless humor and flippant pomp have made him a marked man to many contemporary intellectuals, politicians and persons "of note". Frankly, I find it all quite refreshing, despite not agreeing on every position he takes. Despite our differences, Mr Hitchens never fails to make his argument compelling and remarkably solid. Much to the dismay of many world-class debaters. The fact that he has an English accent only adds to the humiliation.
He Does It His Way
Playing With Cultural Taboos
Hitchen's articles on Why Women Aren't Funny have sparked humor and outrage at the audacity of his claim. More so because sexism is a touchy subject today, but Hitchen's ignores that, as he always does. To his credit he makes a series of scientific points to bolster his claims. The bottomline is that women do not need to be funny. Take that as you will.
He has also taken a stoic stand against religion and its influence around the world. His arguments could never be contained in a hub, but his book God Is Not Great elaborates on his ideas and beliefs in this field. Hitchens also seems to take a childish glee in making a mockery out of his religious opponents in notorious debates (again, it isnt hard to see why he is such a controversial figure).
His opposition to Religion, defined not as atheism but as anti-theism because he believes religion is not beneficial to society, branches out into politics as well. Mr. Hitchens is a well known advocate for many of George Bush's foreign policy decisions, because Hitchens extends his religious views into contemporary politics. Iran then, by way of its being a religious state, is an evil. North Korea he calls a thanatocracy or necrocracy, whose dead leader and living leaders form a holy trinity. This, he warns, is the example of what religion ultimately does to societies. Where, much like North Korea, thought crime is, and can be punishable.
Why women STILL arent funny
Hitchens's outlandish and eccentric lifestyle is the bane of many religious and conservative people. He smokes. He drinks. He takes showers smoking, and does all of this without fear of judgement, and in some cases is more than happy to advertise the fact that he is drunk, publicly. He also fails to follow proper manners and etiquette on occasion, much to the shock and anger of TV show hosts and interviewers.
Whether its insulting someone who just died on live television (lets leave justifiability alone for the sake of this hubs consistency) or cracking jokes about priests. Hitchens never fails to amuse, delight, anger and provoke.
Things Hitchens Loves And Lates
Hitchens is very candid about his personal likes and dislikes, here is a brief selection of what he considers inspirational, and conversely, what he considers dirt.
Things He Likes:
- Thomas Paine
- George Orwell
- Thomas Jefferson
- Red Wine