I’ve been reading Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens’ memoir. It’s absolutely fantastic. In fact, it’s one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a very long time. As you might expect, it’s gotten me onto a Hitchens-kick, as of late.
Tamara and I watched a few debates between Hitch and some notables recently. I’ve watched a few of these. My plan is to watch them all. If the choice is between a sitcom and a battle about Religion and ethics, I’ll choose the latter.
- Hitchens vs Tony Blair — this was a great one. Tony is clearly a man looking to do good via religious faith, and has a quite sensible way of treating the subject. Hitch is still right. But you gotta give Blair some props.
- Hitchens vs Al Sharpton — haven’t seen this one yet. I’m excited.
- Hitchens vs D’Souza
- Hitchens vs Eric Alterman — this was a blogging heads episode about Hitch’s support of the Iraq war and whether he was wrong about that. (He was right. Saddam had to go. Getting rid of murderous dictatorships is good. Our reasons for going in were shit, and our handling of the situation has been, too. But the principle of ousting bad-guys is sound. I’m a liberal, not a pacifist.)
- Hitchens vs Rabbi David Wolpe
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Christopher Hitchens: Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins, and astrology ends and astronomy begins.
(Hat Tip: LearnOutLoud.com )