Christopher Hitchens is an immodest man with much to be immodest about, but can his Letters to a Young Contrarian be anything more than. Christopher Hitchens offers them the wisdom of a seasoned campaigner. Letters to a young contrarian. The spirit of may be a distant. Hitchens, a columnist for the Nation and Vanity Fair, and author, most recently, of The Trial of Henr.

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There is good reason to think that such reactions arise from something innate rather than something inculcated: Likhesh Sharma It is because “what you think” that is things you know might change you might start believing something opposite of what you used to believe for …more It is because “what you think” christtopher is things you know might change you might start believing something opposite of what you used to believe for example like people changed their mind about geocentrism but that would not make you a slave if Ideas.

He called this tactic the “power of the powerless” because, even when disagreement is almost forbidden, a state that insists on actually compelling assent can be relatively easily made to look stupid. Aug 06, Travis Kendall rated it it was amazing. While the three champion though it is arguable how much they adhere to empiricism, rationality and the spirit of science in general, Hitchens is in a different camp.

It is not a matter of being the stand-out dissenter, but the nuanced younng. I found it to be Hitchens being Hitchens, in all his witty-commentaries, thought-provoking ideas, and his sometimes repetitive arguments.

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Anything of his is a good read. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Nor was I wrong. But this hitfhens, despite the somewhat mountainous terrain, should provide readers interested in current events and anti-establishment philosophy with a clearer view into one of today’s more restless and provocative minds.

Feb 23, Gary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is curious tk see how Hitchens ended up being with Harris, Dawkins and Dennett in one camp, at least in the public imagination. Exploring the entire range of “contrary positions”–fro From bestselling author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens, the classic guide to the art of principled dissent and disagreement In Letters to a Young Contrarianbestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young wo men of tomorrow.


Hitchens prompts this same Every once in awhile one’s brain gets a kick-start and sometimes the resulting vibration opens a stubbornly closed door. Flip to any random page and you’ll find: Jan 07, Jacob J.

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In both cases, the book fails. If Letters to a Young Contrarian teaches you one thing, it is to not sit like a bump on a log and watch the world go by, without a say, without a perspective and without a care. Yet, it is not. Letters to a Young Contrarian. Nickleby doesn’t know until the moment of the crisis that he is going to stick youbg for poor Smike. But I found the book to be more of a reminder than a discovery, more of a visit to the familiar contrarian lands of my early teens than an exciting adventure to unknown lands.

Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you”. Ho the “transcendent” and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with style issues from August All articles with style issues.


When one engages in combative dialogue I say combative because vehemence in debate hitchrns no vice either it is important to know exactly whom with one is engaging. Until this year I think it would be fair to state that I probably knew Hitchens more from his appearances on television and subsequently on Youtube, the true source of my knowledge.

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However, let us not repine. He makes bold claims which are based on personal experience, opinion, speculatio It is curious to see how Hitchens ended up being with Harris, Dawkins and Dennett in one camp, at least in the public imagination.

A little disappointed, really — thought it’d be more fun. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Hitchens was courageous in both life and death.

Overall, I found his style stilted and stodgy, his referencing of Orwell and Adorno and the like unexciting and expected, and his name-dropping of dear friends Rushdie, Amis, McEwan insecure.


If I don’t always agree with him, I always admire his iconoclasm and his style of disputation. The book also contains some of the critiques of religion and religious belief which Hitchens would higchens develop in his polemic God Is Not Great: Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty letgers time for silence.

He knew there would be violent reaction and he did it anyway. That is unless you trust the transcendent sapience of the Dalai Lama, whose work I was reading in parallel with Huxley’s. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

He too often got lost in his scotch-driven ramblings for mo I’ve mostly found Hitchens to be a suspect public intellectual. My second reason is less intuitive. Hitchens certainly makes a plethora of valid and insightful points hitcgens the type of person he is and the type of person we could do with a lot more of.

Go find a sparring partner. By the time I wrote about the book you could have read it yourself. I liked the concept of this book more than its execution. Yet he then attempts to create a kind of blueprint of dissent in which he uses his own experiences not as an illustration so much as an induction.

There is no shame in this, and nobody needs me to lettfrs them of that. Unfortunately in this one he is not just the star, but the elevated hero, and great as Christopher Hitchens was dhristopher 5-star author hero.

He is sorely missed. The life of an oppositionist is supposed to be difficult. But he was still a welcome presence for his acerbic wit and his tendency to polemic in times that have seen intellectuals become cowardly dunces lost in the minutiae of inoffensiveness.

I have had the privilege of meeting a number yyoung brave dissidents in many and various societies. The book I’ve probably read more times than any other.