Monday, March 04, 2013
Christopher Hitchens is, most unfortunately, once again in the news. Why? Well because Richard Seymour, a British writer and the leader of the socialist workers party, wrote a very nasty book about him called Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens. The publication of Unhitched has prompted many Hitchens defenders, a group which never appears to be in short supply among political writers, to man the battlements to defend their honour of their departed comrade. There have already been a series of contemptuous reviews of Seymour’s book on high profile websites like The New Statesman and The Daily Beast, and more are sure to follow....But what I want to focus on is a sin of Hitchens that Seymour, being a Marxist and a Trotskyite, is in a very poor position to denounce but that ought to outrage anyone with a functioning moral compass. I’m speaking, of course, about Hitchens’ admiration of a mass-murdering sociopath and an apologist for mass murder and tyranny, Leon Trotsky.