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Seize the Moment Podcast

Mar 13, 2022

On episode 123, we welcome philosopher Ben Burgis to discuss the intellectual development of the late Christopher Hitchens, his early socialist ideals, the different versions of socialism and why Stalinist communism is sometimes considered to be state capitalism, Hitchens’ criticisms of the Clintons and Mother Teresa, Hitchens’ hopelessness about fostering widespread socialism and what he may have thought about the popularity of current grassroots movements, the false dichotomy of capitalism vs communism and social democracy as a more humane alternative, and why Hitch hated Donald Trump.

Ben Burgis is a columnist for Jacobin Magazine, an adjunct philosophy professor at Rutgers University, an online instructor at the School for Social and Cultural Change, and the host of the podcast and YouTube show “Give Them An Argument.” He's the author of several books including “Canceling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left” and his newest book, “Christopher Hitchens: What He Got Right, How He Went Wrong, and Why He Still Matters.” 

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