Re: RIP Christopher Hitchens
Sad to hear, I was hoping he would beat the odds.
I think the thing I enjoyed most and will miss most about Hitchens is that he did not shy away from using pathos in his arguments.
He was often considered a firebrand precisely because his arguments were not merely laced with logical attacks, they were often filled to the brim with appeals to the justness and rightness of a particular course of action. I think this is why realists found him so abrasive, the emotional appeals, the appeals that tug and the basic indignities of the human condition are so much more muted in their souls.
He basically made it harder for them to skate buy with no digs into their conscience, and I supposed they were irritated to no end because of it.