Many people are posting video compilations of Christopher Hitchens delivering his famously amusing retorts, often called Hitchslaps. But my favorite speech of his is from a debate about free speech in Canada, in which he defends the right even of Holocaust denialists to speak their minds. It is well worth viewing again. My favorite line, speaking of Austria’s arrest of David Irving:
Now to this proud record they can add that they finally had the courage finally to face their past and lock up a British historian who’s committed no crime except that of thought and writing. And that’s a scandal. And I can’t find a seconder usually when I propose this, but I don’t care. I don’t need a seconder. My own opinion is enough for me and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, at any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get on line and kiss my ass.