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Friday, September 27, 2002
Christopher Hitchens is leaving The Nation. Andrew Sullivan says, "Now there really is no reason to read it any more."

Tim, any comments?

Hitchens's departure makes me think about the phenomenon of people switching their political allegiances (I'm not suggesting that Hitchens has done that, although you certainly can't call him a typical leftist). I'm not terribly well-informed on this, but it seems to me that more people move from left to right than vice-versa. One thinks of Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, Reagan, and other neoconservatives. You might even put me in this category. But the other way? Michael Lind is one name that comes to mind; I don't know any others.

I would also be interested in hearing from my fellow observers on how they arrived at their political, social, and cultural outlooks. Also, how assured are we in these outlooks? That is, is it conceivable that they might change, even radically, subject to future events?