Conn Hallinan: Remembering Alexander Cockburn
Huffington Post - over 4 years
For Chaos heard his voice: him all his Traine
Follow'd in the bright procession to behold
Creation, and the wonders of his might.
--Paradise Lost, John Milton
It was fitting that writer and critic Alexander Cockburn's funeral should include a passage from Milton. For more than 50 years, Cockburn combined polished, erudite writing with fierce political insight in the tradition of the great 17th-century English polemicist. Cockburn died July 20 in Germany at age 71, following a two-year struggle with cancer. He was buried July 28 in his beloved Petrolia, Calif.
It is hard to sum up his career because it was catholic in true meaning of that word: all-embracing. He wrote for newspapers in England as well as New York's Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation -- and, along with Jeffery St. Clair, founded the investigative publication CounterPunch. For more than 50 years, Cockburn was a relentless critic of U.S. foreign policy, opposing the Yugos
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