Orwell, Hitchens, and the Hollow Self-Righteousness of Trotskyism by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 1, 2019
August 6, 2019

In addition to all of the propaganda pieces that anti-communists use to legitimize their position, they often utilize a more general rhetorical tool, which is the denunciations of communism that have come from two of the last century’s most prominent intellectuals: George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens. These figures maintain large cult followings and are widely seen as moral authorities for their crusades against civilization’s evil and hypocritical aspects, which for Orwell was a crusade against totalitarianism and for Hitchens was a crusade against organized religion. Yet the cultural and ideological makeup of both of these men caused them to infuse their works with the anti-communist agenda, and to give this agenda’s followers the sense that they’re righteous upholders of honesty and virtue.

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Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published Dec. 23, 2011
June 24, 2017

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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The Hour: Chris Hedges on Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris (2008)

Science and Religion are portrayed to be in ha...

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with Chris Hedges
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Jan. 28, 2012

on Mar 18, 2008

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Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

with Michael Parenti
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Dec. 23, 2011

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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Hitchens vs. Hitchens – Christopher and Peter Hitchens Debate (2008)

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on Jun 15, 2011

Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens debate the Iraq War and religion.

April 3, 2008 – Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens debate the Iraq War and religion at an event organized by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies with support from the Center for Inquiry and the Interfaith Dialogue Association.

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Christopher Hitchens, Once Vidal’s Dauphin, Now Cosmic Stardust! by Sean Fenley

by Sean Fenley
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The Anything and Everything
December 17, 2011

Christopher Hitchens

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Good ole Hitch is gone, once one of the most prescient and incisive critics of American imperialism — he cheerled for it — during the abominable administration of George W. Bush. Still a record as impressive as his should not be eviscerated, by one conspicuously and egregiously recognizable mistake. Estimates as high as a million dead, have been recorded, though, and he put himself in league with some very dark-hearted and malignant folks.

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Is God great? Christopher Hitchens vs John Lennox Debate (2009)

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Leading atheist and acclaimed journalist, Christopher Hitchens, goes head to head with Christian apologist and Oxford Professor, John Lennox in March 2009 at Birmingham, Alabama’s Samford University to debate the question “Is God Great?”

Hitchens, who made his opinion clear on this topic in 2007 with his book “God is not Great,” maintains not only that God fails to be great, but denies his existence entirely.

Professor Lennox, a convinced Christian and scientist, respectfully disagrees. This event features a unique blend of both planned remarks and fast-paced dialogue that tackles these issues in a refreshing and informative light. It is sure to offer insights to all.

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Christopher Hitchens and David Berlinski Debate on Atheism, God and Religion (2010)

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Note: replaced video June 25, 2016

Note: watch it on C-Span: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295467-1.

Christopher Hitchens Outwits David Berlinski in debate

Atheist vs Theist Debates on May 23, 2016

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Empire: Superclass

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AlJazeeraEnglish | July 28, 2010

A new breed has emerged; they set the global agenda, ride on Gulfstreams and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They are anything but elected; they are entrepreneurs and entertainers, media moguls and former politicians – the self-made super rich who are using their money to lay down a new set of global rules. So where did this new global aristocracy come from and who is keeping them in check? Is the world suffering from a global governance gap?

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When Atheism Becomes Religion: Americas New Fundamentalists (Chris Hedges) + Hitchens on Thom Hartmann

Interview with Chris Hedges
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Thom challenges author Chris Hedges, Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute http://www.thenation.com. Check out http://www.thomhartmann.com.

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