Among the ranks of the ex-Leftists, most of whom are readily forgotten, Christopher Hitchens stands out as someone determined to do just that. Rejecting the well-worn paths of hard-right evangelism and capitalist "realism," he identified with nothing outside his own idiosyncrasies. A habitual mugwump who occasionally masqueraded as a Marxist, the role he adopted late in his career - as a free radical within the US establishment - had ample precedents from his earlier incarnation. It wasn't the Damascene conversion he described. His long-standing admiration for America, his fascination with the Right as the truly "revolutionary" force, his closet Thatcherism, his theophobia and disdain for the actually existing Left had all been present in different ways throughout his political life. Post - 9/11, they merely found a new articulation. For all that, the Hitchensian idiolect was a unique, marketable formula. He is a recognizable historical type - the apostate leftist - and as such presents a rewarding, entertaining and an enlightening case study.
About the Author
Richard Seymour lives, works and writes in London. He runs the Lenin's Tomb website, which comments on the War on Terror, Islamophobia and neoliberalism. He is the author of The Meaning of David Cameron and American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism.
Praise for The Liberal Defence of Murder "A great deal of damning material on the apologists of recent illegalities." Philippe Sands, Guardian "Richard Seymour expertly traces their descent from humanitarian intervention to blatant islamophobia." Gary Younge "A powerful counterblast against the monstrous regiment of 'useful idiots.'" The Times of London "Indispensable ... Seymour brilliantly uncovers the pre-history and modern reality of the so-called 'pro-war Left.'" China Mieville "An excellent antidote to the propagandists of the crisis of our times." Independent on Sunday
|Preface: Predictable as Hell||p. ix|
|Christopher Hitchens in Theory and Practice||p. 1|
|English Questions, from Orwell to Thatcher||p. 25|
|Guilty as Sin: Theophobia, from Rushdie to the War on Terror||p. 53|
|The Englishman Abroad and the Road to Empire||p. 73|
|Conclusion: Twenty-Twenty Blindfold||p. 99|
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Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 14th January 2013
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.23