[Marxism] Unhitched: Trial of Christopher Hitchens Event in Boston on April 19

Douglas Greene greene.douglas at ymail.com
Mon Apr 8 15:23:41 MDT 2013

6:30PM April 19, 2013
Community Church of Boston
Lothrop Auditorium
565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Presentation and Q&A with author Richard Seymour

On Friday April 19th, join Richard Seymour, one of Britain’s leading 
young radical intellectuals and principal contributor to the popular 
blog, Lenin’s Tomb, for a discussion of his recent book, Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

In his younger years, a career-minded socialist, Hitchens emerged 
from the smoke of 9/11 a neoconservative “Marxist,” an advocate of 
America’s invasion of Iraq filled with passionate intensity. Throughout 
his life, he played the role of universal gadfly, whose commitment to 
the truth transcended the party line as well as received wisdom. But how much of this was imposture? In this highly critical study, Richard 
Seymour casts a cold eye over the career of the “Hitch” to uncover an 
intellectual trajectory determined by expediency and a fetish for power, which is also a cautionary tale for our times.

This event is free and open to the public. See the Facebook Event Page.
RICHARD SEYMOUR: One of Britain’s leading young radical intellectuals, Richard is the principal contributor to Lenin’s Tomb
(http://www.leninology.com/), one of the UK’s most popular blogs. A regular columnist for the 
Guardian, Seymour is also the author four books, most recently “American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism” (Haymarket 
2012) and “Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens” (Verso 2013). 
He is a founding member of the International Socialist Network.


“Clever, incisive…’Unhitched’ offers a more thorough and in-depth 
discrediting of Hitchens than anything previously published. And in 
doing so, Seymour has made an important contribution to understanding 
the political role of the intellectual celebrity in our time.” – In 
These Times

“Richard Seymour’s ‘Unhitched,’ a slim and scathing denunciation of 
turncoat scoundrel Christopher Hitchens, is a thoroughly satisfying and 
politically important book by one of the few remaining great radical 
left journalists.” – Rabble

“Seymour reveals Hitchens as having had a lifelong admiration both 
for the United States and for empires as civilizing forces.” –Washington Post Book World

“Richard Seymour employs a unique technique to shred Hitchens’s 
political philosophy to pieces: Seymour puts the late writer on trial.” 
–The Christian Science Monitor

By way of preview, please see, “Case Closed: Hitchens in the Dock” by Jack McCarthy in CounterPunch. Jack writes that, ‘the future the gold 
standard for the deconstrucrion of Hitchens will be Richard Seymours’ 
“Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens.

Sponsored by:

Verso Books
Haymarket Books
Encuentro 5
Mass Global Action
Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series
Open Media Boston
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade
Democratic Socialists of America
International Socialist Organization


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