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Christopher Hitchens on the sectarian left, his relationship with his brother, and more

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The sectarian left and the “Kronstadt” moment

This June, New York University Press is publishing a book of Hitchens’s quarrels with some of his former fellow travellers. Thomas Cushman, a professor of sociology at Wellesley University, and one of the editors of Christopher Hitchens and his Critics, argues that it is possible to discern in this confrontation “one of the most powerful self-critiques of the Western left today.” In their introduction, Cushman and Simon Cottee write: “Hitchens is a vivid example of what the great German sociologist Georg Simmel…

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