Christopher Hitchens is one of my heroes. He is a hero of mine when it comes to the triumph of secularism and science over superstition and religion. But Hitchens never was, and probably will never be, someone who influenced myself in political philosophy.
Up to the year 1990, Christopher Hitchens was a Marxist. He was open about it and never was ashamed about calling himself a Marxist. In 1991 he said that he abandoned Marxism and socialism because he came to the realizations that these philosophies are failures.
So who exactly did Christopher Hitchens evolve into? He never really says it out in the open but from my studying of his positions he is definitely not a liberal. There is hardly anything liberal about him. When he was published in a magazine as one the top most influential liberals he objected to it and said he is no liberal. He condemned the Republican party and said that he is no Republican either. So it is hard to get exactly what his positions are.
But I believe, and I think most people would agree with me, that Hitchens is a neo-conservative, something that I distance myself from even more than liberalism. A lot of people would be surprised by this, but I think I seen Hitchens say once in some debate that he is pro-life. I am rather surprised.
Hitchens is definitely pro-war. And he supported George Bush when everybody else was making fun of him. Check out this link. I actually love that link, because Maher usually is the one who dominates the table. But with Hitchens, Maher is scared. Anyway, Hitchens supports the Iraq war and the US military empire.
Hitchens claims to be the follower of the Enlightenment. And he says that his two biggest heroes and influences are Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. I doubt that these Thomas's share much in common with Hitchens.
In particular with regard to WikiLeaks. I was actually surprised that Christopher Hitchens is unsupportive of WikiLeaks. I imagined Hitchens to be stronger with regard to free speech issues. Paine and Jefferson would definitely not agree with Hitchens here, so I find it surprising that he does.
But I guess Hitchens's position is not terribly surprising. Since he is a neo-conservative after all. He belongs together with his neo-conservative friends minus the religion.