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The legacy of the sixties

Was the sixties the start of a slide into nihilism or a flawed but authentic progressive convulsion? The brothers Hitchens debate

Peter Hitchens (left) and his brother Christopher Hitchens ©Nigel Luckhurst, Fri Tanke

2nd February 1998

Dear Christopher,

If there is anything worse than a young conservative, it is an old revolutionary. Young Tories are now practically extinct, but the western world is infested with paunchy radicals. My own path-a silly flirtation with revolution in my teens and 20s followed by a comfortable return to Tory certainties in middle age-used to be a cliche.  Now I am an exception-asked, in…

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