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Thursday, April 06, 2006


dan dragna

To be fair to Claire (and I'm as skeptical of her cheerful dooming and glooming about Europe as I suspect you are), this sort of sweeping overgeneralization and casual short-handing seems to be almost expected of "public intellectuals" nowadays: faced with constant media demands to reduce one’s thesis to a tidbit digestible in less than thirty seconds, many authors often end up reducing the *subject* of their thesis to something digestible in less than thirty seconds.

A damn shame, no doubt. But a commonplace one. I suspect even people you very much agree with have been guilty of the same. I know I've noticed as much.

Clive  D

True. Ann Coulter Syndrome strikes again....

Mark Crawford

Well, we are all starting to talk about her, aren't we? She has been dying to get these opinions off of her chest (they are real, by the way--her opinions I mean)and she seems to be having the time of her life.

But I do wonder if her consciously Hitchensian "Why Thatcher Matters" could be as balanced or nuanced as Hitchens himself. See especially chapter 3 of Hitchens' Why Orwell Matters--"Orwell and the Right".

I happen to think that Hitchens still carries something of the leftist sensibility within him, as Orwell himself did.

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