Comments on: The fractured brilliance of Alexander Cockburn Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: CookieL Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:59:09 +0000 This is one of the saddest attempts at a backhanded insult I’ve ever read. You couldn’t even muster up enough strength to properly kick Cockburn’s corpse once he was dead, and I doubt you would have had the guts to publish such a weak essay, so vulnerable to attack, had he still been alive. There’s so many glaring, pathetically anemic assumptions here that they’re not worth enumerating, but an obvious one is your classification of Obama as a “liberal” target for Cockburn’s ire…which lays bare your true intentions.

By: kman484 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:57:31 +0000 What a despicable, intellectually void gob of ad hominem malice this essay is–ironically, the very kind of invective you impute to Cockburn, but to the tenth power of nastiness, and minus his elegance and substance.

Your thesis–such as it is–seems to be that Cockburn was animated by an irrational, genetically transmitted contempt for liberals and “liberal values.”
What is glaringly absent from your own slag job is any discussion of the issues that animated Cockburn’s polemics against the Democratic Party apologists throughout the pseudo-progressive liberal left. For decades, now, such people have been urging voters to line up like sheep to the slaughter to cast their ballots for a corporate-financed party that has given us, in no particular order: the repeal of Glass-Steagall, welfare “reform,” unregulated derivative trading, corporate stranglehold on media (courtesy of the Telecommunications Act of 1996), massive job hemmhoraging through WTO/NAFTA, near-paralysis on alternative energy funding and the climate-change emergency, collusion with the corporate assault on the environment (Obama opened the Arctic and the East Coast to offshore drilling, expanded fossil fuel production and fracking, provided loans to build the first nuclear power plant in 30 years, and welcomed the beginning of construction on the Keystone XL pipeline), multitrillion-dollar bailout of the criminal banksters, continuation of Bush’s assault on civil liberties–and shredding of the Magna Carta–with the appalling NDAA military-detention provision, enabling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (authorized and funded with the votes of all key Democrats in both houses), taking a dive on union card check and a boost in minimum wage, failure to push for the major New-Deal-style stimulus legislation needed to create jobs and revive the economy . . . PLUS overt opposition to every key plank of the progressive agenda: crushing single payer, scuttling public financing of elections, shunning significant reductions in military spending, opposition to a carbon tax

THAT is the nub of Cockburn’s (and Hedges’ and Chomsky’s and Berman’s and Nader’s, etc.) critique of tepid, insider “liberalism”: it has neither the theoretical tools nor the intellectual honesty nor the clarity of vision to do anything but counsel defeatist prostration before the neoliberal juggernaut of the corporate-owned Democrats.

As we contemplate the implosion of the American economy and the climate catastrophe that loom every closer thanks to the Democrats that you will no doubt again tell us to vote for in 2012, we should all be grateful that people like Alex Cockburn have had the character and vision to stand up and say no rather than be sucked into this vortex of disaster.

Your essay cannot disguise the elemental truth that Cockburn exposed time and again about you and your milieu: a veneer of “left” rhetoric cannot conceal mainstream, careerist complicity in the gathering crimes and calamities of a rotten status quo. For that we–serious, thoughtful progressives–owe Cockburn a debt of gratitude, and to you the contempt that he so justifiably heaped on you and your fellow insider accomplices of the corporate state.

By: tmc Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:44:41 +0000 My apologies to Mr. Schafer. Last post I ridiculed you for always writing topics on the media. I see that that is what you are supposed to cover. My apologies sir. I’ll just look for your opinions on Politics instead.

By: MoBioph Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:17:11 +0000 “The greenhouse fearmongers explode at the first critical word, and have contrived a series of primitive rhetorical pandybats that they flourish in retaliation. Those who disagree with their claim that anthropogenic CO2 is the cause of the small, measured increase in the average earth’s surface temperature, are stigmatized as “denialists,” a charge that scurrilously combines an acoustic intimation of nihilism with a suggested affinity to those who insist the Holocaust never took place.” – Alexander Cockburn, May 26, 2007

Explosion of the Fearmongers: The Greenhousers Strike Back and Out he-greenhousers-strike-back-and-out/

By: nossnevs Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:11:58 +0000 I could never understand Cockburn’s stand on global warming. But, I am sorry McBioph, that your long piece is not funny and is not a parody on Cockburns writing style.

By: MoBioph Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:47:58 +0000 It was fun and easy to lampoon Sasha’s style. Here’s a mockery of his May 14, 2007 “Beat the Devil” episode ( -warming-sin):

I love these cliff hangers! But each new one needs a snappy intro to sum up the thrills and spills from earlier in the series! The following would serve this purpose for the next, exciting episode of [dramatic pause] Beat the Devil!!!

Our story so far: Against all odds, Martin Hertzberg, PhD, a meteorologist for three years in the Navy, an occupation that gave him a lifelong mistrust of climate modeling, his implacable guillotine blade of reality as infallible as Papal dogma, having yet to be intimidated into silence by the pressures of grants, tenure and kindred academic garrotes, soldiers on! Meanwhile, however, by the straightforward chicanery of misrepresenting tree ring data, the apex fearmongers spawn growing legions of scientists now born again to the “truth” that anthropogenic CO2 is responsible for the earth’s warming trend, and becoming foot soldiers in the alliance of the government-funded, grant-guzzling climate modelers! These political shock troops of the greenhousers’ catechism form an army of functionaries and grant farmers led by the world’s best known hysteric and self-promoter, Dr. Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann! Financed by Lombroso, they and their Internationale, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, exploit the usual incentives of stipends and professional ego to waterboard inconvenient data into submission, reflexively squawking primitive rhetorical pandybats, abusive comments and supposed refutations to scurrilously combine an acoustic intimation of nihilism with a suggested affinity to those who insist the Holocaust never took place, and cashing in their carbon indulgences, if need be, to torch any and all heretics! Our hero’s only hope lies in staying offline, in Russia, flying thither over the Arctic, in direct view of the ice cap! [Cue the organ!]