How to Write Good Political Satire: Christopher Hitchens (1998)

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Satire can be traced back throughout history; wherever organized government, or social categories, has existed, so has satire. More Hitchens:
The oldest example that has survived till today is Aristophanes. In his time satire targeted top politicians, like Cleon, and religion, at the time headed by Zeus. "Satire and derision progressively attacked even the fundamental and most sacred facts of faith," leading to an increased doubt towards religion by the general population.[2] The Roman period, for example, gives us the satirical poems and epigrams of Martial while some social satire exists in the writings of Paul of Tarsus in the New Testament of the Bible.[citation needed] Cynic philosophers often engaged in political satire.
Due to lack of political freedom of speech in many ancient civilizations, covert satire is more usual than overt satire in ancient literatures of political liberalism. Historically, the public opinion in the Athenian democracy was remarkably influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theatres.[3] Watching or reading satire has since ancient time been considered one of the best ways to understand a culture and a society.
During the 20th and 21st Centuries satire is found in an increasing number of media (in cartoons as political cartoons with heavy caricature and exaggeration, and in political magazines) and the parallel exposure of political scandals to performances (including television shows). Examples include musicians such as Tom Lehrer, live performance groups like the Capitol Steps and the Montana Logging and Ballet Co., and public television and live performer Mark Russell. Additional subgenres include such literary classics as Gulliver's Travels and Animal Farm, and more recently, internet Ezine and website sources such as The Onion,, the Humor Times, and the Happening Happy Hippy Party. Some websites exist solely to poke fun at politicians, per the examples below.


Brian Yule
Brian Yule 5 aylar önce
''Christopher Hitchens - Moderator' is surely an oxymoron.
Koru 9 aylar önce
Can't believe I haven't seen this until now. Wonderful! I absolutely love Paul Krassner.
Jimbissle Yıl önce
I have to wonder how this would be today? . . . Political comedians have so little room to work many have hung up their gloves. In Ukraine a stand up comedian just was elected President. And in the states that would, in many peoples minds, be an improvement.
David S
David S Yıl önce
How little things ever change
HuntforMusic 3 yıl önce
MOral and ImmOral - Fantastic pun from The Hitch haha
greenspringvalley 4 yıl önce
I expected more education out of this.
Havoscar 4 yıl önce
Reality is no respecter of delusions, except perhaps in Del Boca, a model American community, struggling to be heard above the din. A social satire about life in our times.
Elise3016 4 yıl önce
"Nothing boring or obvious." Hitch. Wish more had this standard.
neological 4 yıl önce
Not impressed by Larry Beinhart
Will Whitman
Will Whitman 4 yıl önce
On an interesting note, Hitch makes a good moderator! He transitions smoothly with a couple jokes. I'm still impressed by his public speaking skills.
Nunn Yah'Bixniz
Nunn Yah'Bixniz 5 yıl önce
I'm not religious, so, I don't care whether or not my president has sex, what-so-ever... So... as long as you can DO THE WORK, or GET THE JOB DONE, the way it should be, i don't care what else you do as president, sexually.
Nunn Yah'Bixniz
Nunn Yah'Bixniz 4 yıl önce
Ah, i c. I was too young to get into that subject, when it was going on, and unfortunately I still have so much more information to accumulate. Thanks.
Deluxe Banter
Deluxe Banter 4 yıl önce
@Nunn Yah'Bixniz I think most people would have forgave him, but it was the fact that he lied to everyone. It's like performing perjury before a court. Plus, Hitchen's says he a rapist and a bunch of other stuff but I haven't really looked into enough to say he's correct or not.
John K. Lindgren
John K. Lindgren 5 yıl önce
"Comrades and friends"....
ameagher2 5 yıl önce
When our Aussie Prime Minister was in Montreal recently, he said how happy he was to be in "Canadia." Satire comes only from those who are not mentally or verbally challenged. Sorry, medication time - gotta go.
Of Woodbridge and Hedgely
Of Woodbridge and Hedgely 5 yıl önce
I wrote a sociopolitical satire featuring science deniers called "Of Woodbridge and Hedgely". My subject matter was pre-Darwinian evolution and early geology, but it parallels the modern climate change denial movement. Wish the Hitch would have been able to take a look at it...
GameStomp 5 yıl önce
fuck-us groups - hehe even her accent is satirical
PartyingPope 5 yıl önce
jonescrusher1 5 yıl önce
"I hate that question"
Jai Cilento I LoveThatGuy ʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋ l Verified l
Jai Cilento I LoveThatGuy ʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋ l Verified l 5 yıl önce
11:53 Look how cool Huffington is 0_o. & funny & relevant. This makes me want to go to the Huffington post - why have i not to here intentionally? Why is there still resistance as I hit control T? News @ 11.
Nunn Yah'Bixniz
Nunn Yah'Bixniz 5 yıl önce
@PartyingPope god is a bitch.
PartyingPope 5 yıl önce
allhu akbar
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Jai Cilento I LoveThatGuy ʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋ l Verified l 5 yıl önce
mgushulak 5 yıl önce
Viewers should know that this video is a panel discussion in which Paul Krassner, Larry Beinhart and Arianna Huffington take part, and for which Christopher Hitchens serves as the moderator. Hitchens is not giving a speech on the subject, as the uploader implies by the title.
mgushulak 4 yıl önce
+Mustafa Kulle Oh, I'm sure Krassner and the others have something interesting to say. i just wish the uploader had been honest about the content of this video.
Valdagast 5 yıl önce
"I remember a time when the news reported what had happened..." Then you remember wrong.
TEFFT PATTERN 2 yıl önce
This type of mentality seems to be rampant among the Baby Boomer generation, while I've also noticed the younger generations generally romanticize the 1990s and/or 1980s in general, though usually unrelated to news. The truth is not that the news once reported with honesty and integrity, it's that they are remembering a time when they knew far less truth about the world around them. They are remembering a time when they had been taking in the same attempts at manipulation as the present day they're comparing the memories to, only, in the present they aren't as ignorant as they were of the deeper truths of domestic/world affairs, and finally see the news for what it has always been. I remember in school when I was younger, we learned about this 'period in history' called the Yellow Journalism age. We were taught that this was a historical era in American journalism that had a clear-cut beginning and end. i'm pessimistic about what we were taught was the 'beginning' of this concept in journalism -- but I am completely doubtless that the years we were taught was the 'end' of Yellow Journalism was a bold-faced lie, even the teacher most likely just as deceived by the textbook as was being passed on to us.
Andy Rosebrook
Andy Rosebrook 5 yıl önce
I would pay good money to see a weekly podcast with discussions like this.
Beretta249 5 yıl önce
"This too shall pass." Sadly Rush Limbaugh outlasted Christopher Hitchens. RIP, mate.
Jamie van Brewen
Jamie van Brewen 2 yıl önce
I wouldn't call him "standard." He's far more pernicious than that. He's like those damned "things" (I don't know what else to call them) that are hideous, invasive, ruin everything good around them, and just won't go away no matter how many times you pull them up.
dlee t
dlee t 3 yıl önce
Since he lives off of manure, Limbaugh is the better fed and thus the survivor.
El Marvin
El Marvin 5 yıl önce
Limbaugh is your standard garden weed...Hitchens was a rare and beautiful flower.
JR L 5 yıl önce
Far too intelligent commentary for most of "the herd" to endure. Give us more of "The Bachelor"
solarviking 5 yıl önce
@abdul alhazzred hitchens is right on all accounts.....especially on the stupid religions of the world
Ian Coleman
Ian Coleman 6 yıl önce
Never sure what to make of the comments on a video like this... I always suspect people of trying to be ironic by making a satirical comment on a video on how to write good satire.
Sam 6 yıl önce
Poor Sinatra, died 11 days earlier and nobody noticed when Huffington said he was still alive ◉◡◉ _
Rob Adams
Rob Adams 5 yıl önce
Well they are the media, and hell they are still making money off 2-Pac and Biggie albums...... Remember, everything is possible in media land!
Cthulhupunk 6 yıl önce
Not a fabulous title. "How to..."?
J W 4 yıl önce
@Jip W Or just simply ''How to Write Good Titles''. Because more irony.
J W 4 yıl önce
@Cthulhupunk There should be a book called ''How to Write Good Titles: Step 1: Do Not Start with 'How' (EVER)''
Jordan Casey
Jordan Casey 6 yıl önce
What if it isn't that the times have become more ludicrous than the satire can prompt but rather we just lack the quality satirical minds of the past? Maybe satire isn't necessary or even relevant anymore.
Rob Adams
Rob Adams 5 yıl önce
Shit man, no chance..... satire will always live but its relevance does seem to be getting the proverbial phase out much like truth in general. Good point however, I do believe that satire has been sleeping until the right time... that time... NOW BITCHES!!! ;-)
rytmen 6 yıl önce
why coulndt he have lived just 30 years more
Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer 6 yıl önce
Thank you for this.
David Marquez
David Marquez 6 yıl önce
Look at Arianna with that hairdo
gatorraid 6 yıl önce
this panel was intelligent and funny Great stuff
UnkleJustin 6 yıl önce
And now Hillary admits to being BI...Maybe Monica was there for Bill AND Hillary ;-)
rvdrvd1000 6 yıl önce
Even in the case of disagreement, I enjoy listening to intelligent and informed people.
LetterToVoltaire 7 yıl önce
Good Stuff here, except the panelists couldn't help but belittle and poke fun at almost every question asked.....kind of typical though, the same journalists who accuse the rest of the media of being lapdog do nothings seem to have the same respect of their readers.
Marvin:( 7 yıl önce
Probably the best introduction to a pabel dcussion ever made
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