The man hated Russia with a passion, spewing out lies he deeply believed, as do many of his profession
Charles here, with a little nugget we stumbled across recently.
Christopher Hitchens is one of the greatest heroes of the intellectual left.
He is lionized by many as the gold standard in truth-telling journalism. Search him in Youtube and you will find dozens of video clips with hundreds of thousands of views where he rages on about the causes he cared about, many of them admirable.
His views on Russia were heartfelt, and few subjects evoked his contempt and anger more than what he saw as centuries of venality and oppression by the Russian Tsars.
For Hitchens, Trotsky was one of the greatest men who ever lived, and the Russian Tsars, ogres and miscreants to the man. It is an appalling example of how an admittedly brilliant man could get things precisely ass-backwards.
The sad fact is that Hitchens' ignorant and misinformed views typify the predominant Jewish intellectual narrative of Russia over the last 300 years. It is the view that still dominates the pages of The Economist, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post... The list goes on and on.
It is the view that is at the heart of the ideas of the Gessens, the Remnicks, The Ioffes, the Applebaums, the Lukases, and countless others. It is a narrative that has been pushed in the Anglo media since the mid 18th century, and it is going strong today.
Take a minute to listen to his tirade. Here is a small appetizer: "The Tsars started WW1, pogroms, famines, torture, genocide ... with their stupid, filthy, medieval quarrels"
He literally seethes with indignation and hate. He really gets going at the 2.12 minute mark. His outburst is met by a standing ovation from the hall.
Remarkable, tragic, and telling.
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