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Alexander Cockburn Dead: Radical Journalist Dies At 71 After Fight With Cancer

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posted on Jul, 21 2012 @ 03:45 PM
A fantastic thinker and radical leftist.

Alexander Cockburn, a prominent radical columnist and journalist, has died at 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Cockburn's death was announced by his friend and journalism partner Jeffrey St. Clair on Counterpunch, the website they ran together.

I will miss reading his excellent and insightful analysis of the world.

posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 08:50 AM
An obiturary for Alexander on the fantastic website/newsletter, Counterpunch, which he co-edited for almost twenty years.

In 1988 I watched Alex give a command performance to a large attentive crowd at the University of Chicago during his Corruptions of Empire book tour. During the Q&A portion of the talk, Cockburn gave a snotty Buckleyesque Chicago student a cheerful tanning of a sort that I’m sure can still bring a cringe to the recipient when recalled. This was a younger brawling Alex, still in his mid-40s. I got to know Alex during America’s post 9/11 retreat from reason. While American journalism stumbled in a climate of fear and reticence, Alex and Jeff used the web to expand CounterPunch’s reach, and I joined other writers helping fill the space they made for critique.

As a writer, Alex had few equals.

In a single column he could mix the sardonic with the devastating, sharing the same disdain for the selfish-right as he held for a liberal-left following democrats to corporate or militarized ends. I doubt most of his readers understand how quickly and apparently effortlessly he wrote. I once watched him punch out his 1000 word Beat the Devil column on his laptop sitting in the shade of my backyard, and submit it by email in less than an hour and a half. Not stewing about phrases or arguments, whatever analysis of argument he had to delineate had already been worked out in his head or done on the fly; and as anyone who knew him knows, bits of conversations were prone to show up as lines in his columns–sometimes morphed into the ineffective arguments of strawmen, other times championed with his own brand of vibrato-rich rhetorical authority.

I enjoyed his criticisms of all on the sliding political scale.

posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 09:52 AM
Rest in peace, Alexander!

لذين اذا اصابتهم مصيبة قالوا انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

(Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un)

"To God we belong and to Him we return"

posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 09:56 AM
reply to post by CoolerAbdullah786

Ha ha doubt he would appreciate that Abdullah as he is a staunch atheist. However I'm sure the emotion would be appreciated.

Here is a good video of Alexander back in 2009 talking on the economic crisis. 25 minutes long. =cockburn&utm_medium=email

posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 10:00 AM
reply to post by Peruvianmonk

But I did agree with a lot of his political stances, so just showing some respect for the dead.

posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 10:09 AM
reply to post by CoolerAbdullah786

Same. Through Counterpunch he has given so many good thinkers a space to aire their views and ideas. Such a good website, I am on the site, basically everyday.

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