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6 comments on “Materialism gone mad and the what’s-it-all-about question

  1. Monday 6th December 2010 at 11:18 am

    No offence taken, Jonathan. One has had reports of the linguistic robustness of building sites.

    Heck of a vocational sideswerve!!

  2. Jonathan

    Friday 3rd December 2010 at 6:20 pm

    p.s: I hope you dont’ think I mean you guys!

  3. Jonathan

    Friday 3rd December 2010 at 6:17 pm

    It all re-affirms my faith in my younger self who gave up university to become a bricklayer. I’d have suffocated otherwise in the stifling intellectuissimality of puffed-up egos earning their dosh by spouting crap; or to put it in the language of the building site: “What a bunch of fucking wankers.”

  4. Thursday 2nd December 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Seems to me Mr Popham is one of those who must sound authoritative and definitive. Who is he, for example, to say that someone who tries to kill themselves has a commodified view of their life? The Romans and the Japanese had cultures thoroughly permeated by a belief in gods, but for them, to take you own life was, in certain circumstances, seen as an act of the purest nobility. Mark Anthony of Brutus: “He was the noblest Roman of them all.” And he’d just topped himself. Might rather have have spoiled Shakespeare’s scheme of things to have Anthony say “What a pity he had a commodified view of life…”
    Where is Mr. P’s understanding of the relativity of individual viewpoints, where is the compassion? Hitchens is a clown, and the poor soul who obviously wanted to end her own life had a “mad idea.” Arrogance, Mr. P., and actually rather cruel. You don’t deserve the pulpit of a daily paper.
    Or as Charles puts it more concisely, “Tosh!”

  5. Wednesday 1st December 2010 at 3:45 pm

    How very good to have this response, James! I think it is the most complete poppycock I have ever read. Intellectualised gibberish. Mr Hitchens is by no means reconfigured. Tosh!!

  6. Wednesday 1st December 2010 at 3:39 pm

    What an offensive liberty to dismiss the great advocate and thinker Christopher Hitchens like this! It is cheap belittling by P.Popham to attempt to prove a journalistic point by declaring obsolete the power and perspicacity of Mr. Hitchens – a man who, despite advancing cancer, is clear, unequivocal and both brilliantly and sensibly radical in how he thinks.
    If in doubt, try and watch Hitch’s interview with Jeremy Paxman and see if you remain uninfluenced and unmoved by the power of Christopher Hitchens’ beautiful reasoning.

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