by Rocket Kirchner
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June 15, 2009
In the age of dumbing down, smothering dissent, and one dimensional thinking in America, the ascendancy of contrarian and newly American citizen Christopher Hitchens is important to our mental landscape coast to coast. Hitchens is our new Menken. He is impossible as Menken. As brilliant. And as just plain pissed off. That is just why we need him.
Voltaire warned of blind consistency of thought. He knew that it led to blind action. America is so caught up in blind consistency that it is inconsistent in what really matters. Hitch has managed a lot of just plain elbow grease and guts to cut through it all and engage our nation on just about every subject under the sun. Hitchens has been around for along time, and I got to know his work in the 1980′s. But, his recent rise of popularity is actually reinvigorating thought in the States.
So just why is Hitchens so important? Well, one could say that he is all over the map on issues which makes him impossible to put in a category. He is a brilliant atheist challenging religious people everywhere all the time. He is the lone voice on the left for the War. He wrote a scathing book on Mother Teresa, made a case for smoking, and one against the Dali Lama, meanwhile seeking to bring Henry Kissinger to justice for crimes against humanity. He has refused to support Israel while taking on female comics, and will proudly drink Scotch on The Daily Show instead of morning coffee.
When an issue arises of any importance, once the pundits, the experts, and the press have spoken, the question that always follows in the minds of those who shape the minds and our culture is, “Yeah, but where does Hitchens stand on the matter?” And they know that he will have a stand on the matter because he is vigilant on basically everything. The thing about Hitch is he is not boring. love him or hate him where he stands, not only will he not bore you but he will give you an intelligent defence, and the man is sincere. That is a rare combination. He will leave you no place to hide. You must fight or be disqualified when he steps in the arena. AND WE NEED THAT FOLKS ! As a matter of fact, he never leaves the arena. Christopher Hitchens is a rock star. Period. We agree with Him and disagree with Him. Keep it up Chris.
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