Tag Archives: Christopher Hitchens

Milo ain’t no Hitch of mine

Tending to oppose SJW excesses, safe spaces, trigger warnings and whatnot, I have now myself finally been triggered, by Bill Maher of all people. On his last show, Maher had Milo Yiannopoulos on, which is not particularly noteworthy in and of itself. It makes sense to bring on such a guest on a show like Maher’s. But at one point (click here) Maher likened Milo to ”a young gay Christopher Hitchens”, a proposition so absurd as to border on the obscene. Continue reading

Holding the line

The modern world of liberal individualism has been described by many people in both good and bad terms, but I find its upsides are easy to appreciate when one considers the alternatives. Most people in western Europe now have opportunities and freedoms that their ancestors could only dream about, they can try their luck in a profession other than that of their parents, books are nowdays rarely burned and the bond between state and faith has mostly been severed. Young men and woman can be friends and, if they choose to, lovers, without the matter concerning the entire tribe and ending in bloodshed and sorrow. Though some of us may take such things for granted, they didn’t appear out of thin air, they had to be fought for. They can however, swiftly, disappear into thin air, if not properly maintained. Continue reading

More on the writings and speeches of Christopher Hitchens

One of the earliest articles I wrote on this site was a tribute to the memory of the Brittish-American author and journalist Christoper Hitchens. In that article I expressed a lot of sympathy for the general message, if you will, of Hitchens’ collected works, in the sense that I often (but not always) agreed with what he said and wrote. But there is also something to be said for the “packaging” of said message. I have for a while thought about writing a few words on the language of the Hitch, the wit and the way in which he obviously went to some lengths to express himself in an artful manner. Continue reading

Regarding the newly created Hitchens Prize

It recently came to my attention that something called the ‘Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation’ is about to start awarding a prize in the honor of the late Christopher Hitchens, read about it here. This prize is to be awarded annually to one author or journalist who has shown a “…commitment to free expression and inquiry,‭ ‬a range and depth of intellect,‭ ‬and a willingness to pursue the truth …”. Reading about all this I got to thinking a bit, about the Hitch and those who will now be receiving prizes in his memory. Continue reading

In Remembrance of the Hitchslap

Today marks the third year since the passing of Christopher Hitchens. The Hitch, for you who don’t know, was a widely published author and journalist who was born in the United Kingdom but lived the latter half of his life in the US. He was perhaps best know as a supporter of secularism, speaking out time and again against the abuses of theocrats and clergymen all over the world, but his contributions to literature and journalism were by no means limited to that field. Continue reading