Alexander Cockburn, RIP

nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10July 21, 2012

I didn't expect to see this item when I looked at Google news. He was one of the people that I unconsciously expected to always be around, just like Peter Bergman of the Firesign Theatre. He helped me keep my sanity during the dark period of the Reagan years, and made me face the shortcomings of the Clinton Administration. After his stint at The Nation, Counterpunch was a source for analysis and perspective on foreign policy.

As to be expected, WaPo had to make its digs at a writer at odds with the establishment from a left perspective.

Alexander Cockburn, longtime columnist for The Nation, dead of cancer at 71

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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Darn! He was a voice of sanity during dark times and even when we didn't see the darkness. I knew he was ill but didn't realize the condition was terminal.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 6:03PM
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althea_gw

Thanks for starting this thread Nancy. What a loss.This morning I read he had died on Counterpunch.

I heard him speak twice and met him once as he was signing a copy of his book "The Fate of the Forest: Developers, Destroyers, and Defenders of the Amazon" for me.

RIP Alex Cockburn.

Here is a link that might be useful: counterpunch

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 7:36PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

I just re-subscribed and made additional donation in Alex's name. We might not have agreed from time to time but he was honest in his passions.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 8:08PM
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pnbrown

I don't read either of those, I guess I was not aware of Cockburn's work.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:09AM
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Circus Peanut

Wow, like you Nancy I assumed he'd always be around. I heard him speak a number of times and did not always agree with his take, but he was a reliable and readable staple all those years I subscribed to the Nation.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:40AM
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jerzeegirl(9)

I used to read him ages ago when he wrote for the Village Voice. RIP Alexander Cockburn

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:03AM
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dicot

I liked his passion, thought he was often too casual with his sourcing and hyperbole, but I always admired his drive to uncover institutional corruption and inequalities in society. RIP.

His niece, Olivia Wilde, said via Twitter, "My uncle, the brilliant, kind, and hilarious Alexander Cockburn, passed away last night. He was my friend, and my hero. He taught me how to make coffee in a jar, how to listen to LPs, how to ride a horse through a river, and how to drive a classic car with love".

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 2:53AM
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esh_ga

I didn't know him but am sorry to see that someone so willing to say things without sugar-coating is gone. We need more outspoken folks these days.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:36AM
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kingturtle(Zone 7 GA)

I kept up with him for many years at The Nation and Counterpunch. His radical voice will be missed.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:13PM
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