Hitchens was an elitist. There is a video on YouTube in which Sean Hannity debates Hitchens over God’s existence. Hitchens makes one of his typical, snarky points, causing Hannity to accuse him of “intellectual snobbyness.” Hitchens only replies, “that could well be right.” Hitchens never sacrificed an argument to be modest. So when his opponents (for some reason mostly conservatives) accused him of being elitist, snobby or arrogant, he would happily assert his guilt.
Another aspect that made Hitchens so unique and exciting was his willingness to hate people without the sense of shame that commonly accompanies the emotion. Hitchens showed his readers that it is alright to hate someone for the right reason. He hated totalitarians, murderers, liars, thieves and charlatans. If he connected someone to one or more of these traits he hated them, too. But more importantly, he was constructive with his hatred. He would write books, participate in interviews and debates, and even confront them in person if given the chance.
This is not to say that Hitchens didn’t have friends of opposing views. He co-wrote a book and participated in a documentary with Pastor Douglas Wilson. While both men were aggressive and witty in their debates, they were also able to quote P.G. Wodehouse to each other and laugh a bit.
Hitchens was also loyal to his friends, even to the extent that he defended fellow author Salman Rushdie, while letting him hide at his apartment, after Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989 when Rushdie penned “The Satanic Verses.” Hitchens’ closest friends — including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Stephen Fry — consistently marveled at not only his rhetorical brilliance, but his constitution.
Hitchens frequently drank, and he drank a lot. However, spirits seem to have spurred his intellect rather than dampen it; his friends have consistently asserted that they have seen him soundly debating pundits on TV in the same suit he was wearing at a bar the previous night.
Hitchens didn’t believe in God. In fact, he took it a step further in asserting that he was relieved that there was no evidence for God’s existence. Yet the Hitch has still attempted immortality. During his fight with esophageal cancer, which started in 2010 and ended on Dec. 15, 2011, Hitchens donated his body to scientific research. Even though Hitchens is no longer alive, he will live through his children, vast contributions to literature and his generous donation to the field of science.