Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens

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6:30PM April 19, 2013
Community Church of Boston
Lothrop Auditorium
565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

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.

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rsRICHARD 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.

PRAISE FOR RICHARD SEYMOUR’S “UNHITCHED”

“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

Forty Years in the Labor Movement

On Thursday, February 21st, labor activist Peter Van Delft spoke on the dire situation of the labor movement and how it can recover. Peter Van Delft is a long-time labor activist and a third-generation socialist, Peter Van Delft has spent more than forty years in the labor movement. Following World War II he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned an M.A. in Anthropology and where he was involved in activities leading to increased admissions and support for low income and students of color. Until his retirement Peter was a Vice President of New York based, 30,000 member, District 65. Earlier, he had been a member of the National Maritime Union and of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement as a member of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and organized union sponsored Freedom Rides in which more than 150 members participated. This event was held at Encentro Cinco in downtown Boston and co-sponsored by the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series.