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The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith Paperback – 24 Dec 2011
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Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He currently writes for the Mail on Sunday, where he is a columnist and occasional foreign correspondent, reporting most recently from Iran, North Korea, Burma, The Congo, and China. A former revolutionary, he attributes his return to faith largely to his experience of socialism in practice, which he witnessed during his many years reporting in Eastern Europe and his nearly three years as a resident correspondent in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He lived and worked in the United States from 1993 to 1995. Hitchens lives in Oxford with his wife, Eve. They have three children.
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Whilst he evidently looks back on his childhood with some level of nostalgia, I think many people do, and that's not necessarily symptomatic of how objectively 'good' society was, but rather how he personally found it. For example, at one point he recounts how there never used to be 'fathers of fourteen years old', except teenage pregnancy rates are currently extremely low.
I also found it extremely frustrating the way he attacked the Soviet Union for being the epitome of the left's utopia, whilst ignoring the fact that intellectuals at the time like George Orwell denounced the whole idea of it. Communism in the Soviet Union also had a lot more in common with feudalism than Karl Marx' doctrine, in that the general population were equally oppressed and unhappy, but a minority of elites were afforded special privileges. That being said, he did have some very valuable things to say in the later chapters, and it some ideas were highly thought provoking.
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