Christopher Hitchens on Kim Jong-il, One-Party States And...Putting the X Back in Xmas!

 

In this Reason.tv classic from 2007, recently deceased journalist Christopher Hitchens gives a dramatic reading of Tom Lehrer's "Christmas Song." In introducing the topic, Hitchens talks about why he doesn't like Christmas much and invokes the specter of recently deceased tyrant Kim Jong-Il of North Korea.

About 3 minutes.

Read Reason's obit for Hitchens here

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    :-) Happy holidays to all.

    CB.

  • ?God ?Pricks||

    As an atheist I must say Hitchens comes across as a complete prick in this clip. Linking voluntary Xmas expressions to the deadly force of N. Korea shows lazy bigotry not insightful wit.
    In the spirit of this clip - funny!

  • Dept O||

    Wow, looks like nick's jacket procreated?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    What happened to speaking no ill of the dead - or not broadcasting their Christmas-party speeches when they don't get the origin of the "X" in "Xmas":

    'The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for "Mass", while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as "Christ".

    'There is a common misconception that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas".'

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas

    Anyway, Hitchens seemed full of Xmas spirits - I mean spirit.

  • BakedPenguin||

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    We all mourn the loss of a true man of courage, unafraid to resist the lockstep of Marxism. Here's hoping he came to recognize the difference between unreasonable "worship" compelled by a tyrannical pretender, and reasonable and voluntary worship compelled in response to a loving Creator who stepped in to time and space for us 2012 years ago.

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    This is exactly how and why Hitch (though i love him.) is wrong and why he is not a libertarian.

    Christmas is not a contraption of the state...sure we all get into it and all put up similar decorations with similar color schemes...but this is what communities do. They as a group of individuals through voluntary action create though action and choices a greater thing.

    North Korea's sameness is not a product of this sort of emergent community. It is ordered by threat of imprisonment and death by a tyrant and his soldiers.

    Hitches failure to see this stark difference is why he was a failed liberal.

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    There is no question that Hitch was exceedingly intelligent and articulate. I would give my right arm to have his talent with thought and word. On the other hand he was maddenly dense on some things.

    His passing is a great loss to us all.

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    Why do you keep putting shit up regarding this warmongering dirtbag?

  • Mike||

    I don't understand the love and fascination with Hitchens? Why is this pro-war, marxist a Reason hero? Is it because of his rebellious attitude? Che was rebellious as well.

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