There is Left; and there is Left. While conservatives may not expect to find too many allies among those who subscribe to the rosy optimism of humanistic individualism (we are all entitled to, and can achieve, everything we want as long as we don’t hurt anybody), they may soon find a surprising ally from the real Left—an articulate atheistic, Marxist materialist.

In an interview published in the January issue of Crisis, a respected neoconservative “journal of lay Catholic opinion,” leftist columnist Christopher Hitchens breaks ranks with received liberal-left ideology, voices his opposition to abortion, and calls for the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

As a supporter of both feminism and humanism, Hitchens warns against letting the axiomatic “women’s right to choose” contradict humanism. He points out that “the so-called ‘pro-life’ forces are overwhelmingly female and from income groups that traditionally voted Democratic,” a group he calls “humble people.” Of course, a true Marxist would want to take the masses seriously. And we are grateful that Hitchens does.

Hitchens also takes philosophical materialism’s view of human life seriously. He does not believe there is a point at which “a soul enters the unborn.” “We don’t have bodies,” he says. “We are bodies.” He goes on to say that the theory of evolution “establishes beyond reasonable doubt that life is a continuum that begins at conception because it can’t begin anywhere else.”

Coupling that view of human life with his Marxist view of society, Hitchens argues, “Once you allow that the occupant of the womb is even potentially a life, ...

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