New Book ‘Prosecutes’ Christopher Hitchens
A new book by Richard Seymour, entitled Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens, aims at critiquing the author and journalist's politics — “in the spirit of a trial”. Christopher Hitchens, described my many as a ‘polemicist’ and seen as a left-wing firebrand, had a confrontational style that made him popular on the lecture and talk show circuit. Hitchens died in December of 2011.
Seymour posits in his book that Hitchens’ politics swung to the right in later years — to the point that he claims the journalist became a “neoconservative Marxist" and the Bush administration's amanuensis.
…not only was Hitchens a man of the right in his last years, but his predilections for a certain kind of right-wing radicalism – the most compelling recent example of which was the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq – pre-dated his apostasy.
Seymour’s book was commissioned about six months before Hitchens’ death and he exchanged a number of emails with the author until he sent a copy of a critical essay he’d written. Their exchanges ended shortly after that.
While Seymour expresses admiration for Hitchens’ writing, he calls his book “a denunciation of the changes he underwent in the last 10 years in particular, with Iraq and America the two central themes.”
Was Christopher Hitchens a strange mix of left-wing radicalism and politics that leant toward the right? I suppose it’s difficult to say for sure and we can hardly ask the man himself.
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