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December 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Brad Warbiany

Radley Balko, on the late Christopher Hitchens:

The only time I drank with Hitchens… he entertained us with dirty limericks. But the guy’s vocabulary and syntax were so beyond me, I really only know they were dirty because he said so.

In the hyper-partisan political world in which we live, there are some people who take themselves so seriously that even the idea of sitting down for beers with someone who holds beliefs ideologically widely-divergent from ones own is anathema. For the life of me, I can’t understand those people.

I have nothing to say about Hitchens. I haven’t been lucky enough to read much of his work as of yet, know little of his politics, and generally have only seen him a handful of times on TV interviews. The little I know suggests that I’d strongly agree with him in places, and strongly disagree with him in others. Yet it is the praise above of folks like Radley that make me sorry to say that with his passing, I’ll never get the chance to meet him.

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  1. Love him or hate him, agree or disagree, Hitchens was always interesting and always made you think.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — December 16, 2011 @ 4:12 pm
  2. He was a neo-conservative on foreign policy but from an oddly libertarian perspective. He didn’t buy into the whole “We have to fight Islam because it’s what Jesus would want” angle that most neo-cons seem to come from. He was more interested in opposing aspects of Islam because he felt they were anathema to individual freedom. Unfortunately sometimes he went so far with his ideas on the degree to which we should oppose Islam that he ended up opposing individual freedom (of Muslims) himself.

    But I always liked his columns and he did make you think.

    Comment by UCrawford — December 21, 2011 @ 10:05 am
  3. UCrawford, long time, no comment. Great to hear from you. How have you been?

    Comment by Stephen Littau — December 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am

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