Political Thinkers: Christopher Hitchens

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public figures, considered to be tremendously influential as a trendsetter.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest intellectually-rigorous level.

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For this discussion, we'll evaluate the work of the late Christopher Hitchens.

To that end, we'll explore the following questions:

- Do his views blur the lines of traditional ideological boundaries?
- What makes his appeal so controversial?
- Have his views and positions always remained intellectually consistent?
- What are his deep-rooted philosophical basis for his stated views and positions, if any?
- What do his rise to popularity indicate about the cultural or political climate of his time period?

We will then examine Hitchens' positions on philosophical topics and key policy matters, including:

- Views on religion.
- Views on free speech.
- Views on geopolitics and foreign affairs.
- His embracing of Western Philosophy.
- His literary criticism, as well as criticism of prominent public figures.
- His self-styled "radicalism" in challenging the orthodoxy.
- His ideological evolution, transformation, and nuanced positions.
- The role of dissent, critique, and being a "contrarian" in society.
- Finally, how has his work contributed to the rise of the so-called "Intellectual Dark Web"?

His extensive collection of publications are listed here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens#Books

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The NYCPF does not endorse or promote the views held by any of these individuals.

PLEASE NOTE: the individuals above will NOT be appearing in-person -- these meetings are for DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY, in comparing and evaluating their views and ideologies.

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Previous "Political Thinkers" series:

▨ Jordon Peterson (May 26, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/250182531

▨ Sam Harris and Reza Azlan (April 21, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/248609818/

▨ Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur (Feb. 10, 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246998014/