March 28, 2003

Hitchens' Tory Brother Pete...

Hitchens' Tory Brother Peter -- War is 'Left-wing,' not 'Conservative': What a weird family.

Posted by at March 28, 2003 03:05 PM
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At one point in that article, Peter states, "No wonder that the war’s hottest-eyed supporters on both sides of the Atlantic are ex-Marxists who have lost their faith but have yet to lose their Leninist tendency to worship worldly power."

Actually, I can only think of one "ex-Marxist" (I think) who fits that discription...
-Decnavda

Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at March 28, 2003 06:36 PM

Interesting family indeed.

Posted by: Peter at March 29, 2003 01:58 AM

When I first discovered Christopher Hitchens I had no idea there were two of them, and had to reconcile the thoughtful and intelligent matter I was reading with the arch-imperialist and absolute-monarchist bletherings of the Hitchens most familiar to Britons (Peter)- who had recently written and publicised a book that argued - if my memory serves - that the worst thing to have befallen our world was the collapse of the British Empire, which it was his birth-right to have ruled.

Only their mother could tell them apart.

Posted by: FatBob at March 29, 2003 10:49 AM

I wonder if they get together for holidays? And what would that look like?

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2003 12:51 PM

Christopher has said there's a clause in his will stipulating that, should he and his wife die before their children are of age, his brother Peter be prohibited from raising their children.

I've seen the Hitch Bros. together on C-SPAN a few times. They seem to get along despite the irreconcilable political/religious differences, and even stuck up for each other when bashed by callers. That was a few years ago, though.

Posted by: Tom Bartell at March 29, 2003 01:13 PM

Peter makes some good points. There is nothing conservative about this war or this war's objectives. This is a revolutionary undertaking any way you slice it. I've said so from the beginning, and it's the reason it appeals to my leftist (but non-Marxist) impulses.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at March 29, 2003 06:52 PM

I'm still amused after a visit to Eric "Sore Loser" Alterman's site, where he has Christopher Hitchens prominently featured at the end of the list of prominent "neo-conservatives." Man, you stray off the reservation in the slightest with these guys, and you get exiled to "Hell." Admittedly, I find Hitchens far more likeable and honest than a lot of "conservatives," but anyone who seriously views him as a conservative of any flavor has dipped *way* too heavily into the monkey crack.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at March 29, 2003 10:09 PM
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/i> Hitchens I had no idea there were two of them, and had to reconcile the thoughtful and intelligent matter I was reading with the arch-imperialist and absolute-monarchist bletherings of the Hitchens most familiar to Britons (Peter)- who had recently written and publicised a book that argued - if my memory serves - that the worst thing to have befallen our world was the collapse of the British Empire, which it was his birth-right to have ruled.

Only their mother could tell them apart.

Posted by: FatBob at March 29, 2003 10:49 AM

I wonder if they get together for holidays? And what would that look like?

Posted by: Janis Gore at March 29, 2003 12:51 PM

Christopher has said there's a clause in his will stipulating that, should he and his wife die before their children are of age, his brother Peter be prohibited from raising their children.

I've seen the Hitch Bros. together on C-SPAN a few times. They seem to get along despite the irreconcilable political/religious differences, and even stuck up for each other when bashed by callers. That was a few years ago, though.

Posted by: Tom Bartell at March 29, 2003 01:13 PM

Peter makes some good points. There is nothing conservative about this war or this war's objectives. This is a revolutionary undertaking any way you slice it. I've said so from the beginning, and it's the reason it appeals to my leftist (but non-Marxist) impulses.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at March 29, 2003 06:52 PM

I'm still amused after a visit to Eric "Sore Loser" Alterman's site, where he has Christopher Hitchens prominently featured at the end of the list of prominent "neo-conservatives." Man, you stray off the reservation in the slightest with these guys, and you get exiled to "Hell." Admittedly, I find Hitchens far more likeable and honest than a lot of "conservatives," but anyone who seriously views him as a conservative of any flavor has dipped *way* too heavily into tt March 29, 2003 10:09 PM

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