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Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant memory, but a new generation of radicals live in hope of making the world a. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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This book bitchens, and should, be read by people of all ages. The reason I enjoy reading Hitchens is not that he demonstrates rationally or empirically how the good life must be lived or what values are justifiable.

Through the years reading Christopher Hitchens has been hit or miss for me. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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I read most of this book in the span of a day. Jul 08, Hayden rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes this book lets off the impression that Hitchens is more concerned with appearing brilliant than informing his audience. Oct 13, Sam rated it it was amazing. The life of an oppositionist is supposed to be difficult. It is supposed to be an axiom of “western” civilisation that the individual, or the truth, may not be sacrificed to hypothetical benefits such as “order”.

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In the deep south in the early s, Rosa Parks decided to act “as if” a hardworking black woman could sit down on a hitchena at the end of the day’s labour. Hitch did not have a little mind. One of the hardest things for anyone to face is the conclusion that his or her “own” side is in the wrong when engaged in a war. This implicates him in the subsequent riots and murders.


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Among these was ‘Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil. One feels something of the same sense of embarrassment in claiming to be an “intellectual” as one does in purporting to be a dissident, but the figure of Emile Zola offers encouragement, and his singular campaign for justice for Dreyfus is one of the imperishable hiychens of what may be accomplished by an individual.

Nor was I wrong. Aspiring toward a consistent perfection, they are aspiring toward annihilation. I think Hitchens sees himself as a classical man of letters, but also concerns himself a little too much with sparring with people and crafting his own public image.

Of course, his work is still with us. Hitchens was an anti-theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason. I tend not to do that, and the reason why I did is also the most enjoyable aspect of the work and Hitchens’ other writings. By the time I wrote about the book you could have read it yourself.

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Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you”. He therefore proposed living “as if” he were a citizen of a free society, “as if” lying and cowardice were not mandatory patriotic duties, “as if” his government had signed which it actually had the various treaties and agreements that enshrine universal human rights. Indeed, the supply of enemies to rail against seems endless.


Let’s remember that a ‘young contrarian’ in ——the book’s publication date——probably would have no idea about the Bosnian war in the early 90s. Do not live for others any uoung than you would expect them to live for you.

That, and he had great humanity made him downright lovable. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others.

To be a contrarian you have to be prepared to: I will keep this book close at hand to remind me that one person, even one thought made visible can make a difference despite others indifference or naysayer’s. Hitchens and reminds us all that “contrarian” is a label reserved for those who dare to think. Worth a quick read for quotation extraction — maybe I’ll add some this weekend — but I doubt I’ll be reading much more of him.

Quotes from Letters yoing a Youn Hitchens was courageous in both life and death.