Alex Cockburn: A Bitter Life

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.” His latest book is Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (Regnery Publishing).

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Alex Cockburn is dead of cancer at the age of 71. Alex was an influential voice in a generation of leftists who did an enormous disservice to this country and the world at large by carrying on a political tradition and promoting a political cause that killed 100 million people in the 20th Century – in peacetime – and consigned more than a billion others to immeasurable and unnecessary poverty, even starvation, by imposing on them the crackpot socialist schemes of Karl Marx and his misguided disciples. Alex’s father Claud was also a noted writer and both an agent of and propagandist for Stalin’s bloody regime. Alex exhibited in his own person many of the worst Stalinist traits. He was personally vicious in attacking political opponents and even friends, such as Christopher Hitchens, about whom he wrote one of the most disgusting columns I have ever read – although in fairness it must be said that Christopher himself was a master of this particular form of literary abuse.

On the other hand, Alex had worthy sense of humor, which even a target like myself could appreciate, and was a clever writer though inferior as a stylist to Christopher whom he obviously envied and paid back with insults. It could be said of Alex that he was also a gutsy individual who, like Christopher, on occasion displayed independence of mind – a rarity among leftists who are normally incapable of challenging the progressive herd. Alex’s most notorious deviation from orthodoxy was his refusal to support the idea that human beings are responsible for climate change, a cardinal tenet of the progressive faith. This caused the obituary writer for the Los Angeles Times,[1] which like most of our metropolitan papers has become a left-wing tabloid, to say of him “his thoughts on global warming aligned him with the far right” – as though matters of science should be subject to a political party line.

Needless to say, the Times obit failed to mention the fact that Alex and his father were shills for Communists, or that Alex was anti-American and an anti-Semite and a cheerleader for the Islamo-fascists of Hizbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood who are bent on destroying us. Despite the unfortunate resurgence in our time of the vile ideologies of the 1930s and 1960s to which he devoted his life, Alex was at the end a bitter and spiteful man. This was the predictable fruit of a life spent badly in recrimination and anger.

Notes:

[1] http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-jc-alexander-cockburn-has-died-rip-20120721,0,3038441.story

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  • ★FALCON★

    When I hear another communists is dead – I just hope it was a long and painful death. The longer and more painful the better.

    • Ariel

      Let's just be glad he is no longer able to write his pro-Arab/Islamist opinions.

    • southwood

      It seems that you are as embittered as he was. Why not just let it be, knowing he has gone to his account ?

      • southwood

        You certainly ARE embittered. You wished someone to have a long painful death. Would that have given you great pleasure ?

        How on earth am I too stupid to understand ? You come across as arrogant. Learn to be more humble.

        • ratonis

          Gee . . . c'mon man. That's ridiculous.

        • Pobbo eats sperm

          Falcon (what a f a g g o t name) wishes he was the one that shot up the theater, he just doesn't have the balls to do anything other than be a rude prick with his keyboard.

        • southwood

          I have to say that your attitude is quite unbelievable. You wish me, a person who has done you no harm, a "long painful death" because you assume (wrongly) that I am a communist sympathizer. God certainly will not answer such an evil prayer. Self righteousness and wishing someone such evil is abhorrent to God.

  • RUI

    Nobody we'll be missing… if only his ideology would follow him to its timely grave…

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    OBL, Arafat, Saddam, false prophet muhammed, SHlTler, you have new company.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    What does S&M NBC Evil Ed Schultz have to say now?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      They're probably waiting for a fax from Dan Rather on the new approved talking points.

  • P{hil

    I don't know if I ever read any of his work, but I recently commented to his article at The Nation, but I never read it because I never renewed my membership to The Nation.

    I did say a prayer for him though.

    Thank you, for your comments about him; I was about to post a more in depth thought of mine about the Liebor scandal; because so much of what I learn about the personalties about my own family are from others.

    I figured I would post it here; because, it discusses my half-Jewish historical past, with some insights about how to deal with Liebor….I'm a JFK liberal pacifist, so I don't have much in common with communism.

    —————————–

    Great expose….but, I would like to help you clarify how the regulators in the United states will deal with this issue.

    I actually sued a bankster in the United States; and I think your theory that the banksters are weak when you otherwise thought they were strong is probably accurate….back in 1968 when my wealthy millionaire grandfather died, and made the executor of his estate my grandmothers brother, whom was a millionaire lawyer in Newport Rhode Island…I was told that Jackie Kennedy was a neighbor, and that one of my relatives on that side was also a decorator of the JFK White House.

    Well, my father after my grandfather died made a few phone calls, and worked with bankers, whom had different ideas about how wealth should used in America; the truth about how my grandfather wanted his money to be used “terrified” a lot of powerful people, and the powers that be that you mention in your expose…my grandmother's brother was also on the board of First National Bank, which could have been affiliated with the House of Rothschild because my relatives on that side of my family were Jewish…I'm half Jewish.

    I was told that my grandfather would always yell at my father, because he did not know how to make money for himself..I think my grandfather give him money to start a mortgage insurance company around 1961…sound familiar?… with the insurance on mortgages with the Credit Default Swaps in the derivatives market of 2008?….but, his business failed, my grandfather then wrote me in the Will, because, I was told that my grandfather hated him, because all he wanted to be in life was a yuppie, and a trust fund baby….so in fact… they probably are very weak; I sued them, and I am not even a lawyer, and I won on the appeal…If you have any ideas about how to sue the banksters, let me know…. I can almost guarantee they will not put a bankster in jail.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Phil,

      You said you are a "JFK liberal pacifist".

      WTF.

      JFK fought in WW2.
      JFK was president during the Bay of Pigs incident.
      JFK sent troops to Vietnam.
      JFK opposed communism.

      Please explain yourself.

      That you could post a comment so devoid of knowledge, I question all that you have written.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        JFK was president during the Cuban Missile crisis.

        Really Phil, explain yourself.

        You have the right to your own opinions, but your own facts?

        • Phil

          From what I read in college about JFK and liberals, was he was a firm believer in the “just war” theory as president; he knew many of the leaders of the anti-Vietnam war era personally, and they exchanged letters with him about how the war in Vietnam was not just….and the liberal pacifists won , they tuned JFK around, and they stopped the Vietnam war. …Get over it.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            You sound like you are confusing JFK with RFK.

            Try again Phil.

          • Phil

            The liberals I read about that corresponded with the Kennedy's; believed that all the Kennedy's believed in the Just war theory, because it was a Christian principle of the Catholics…Kennedy was Catholic…after all, why go to war for a unjust reason?..I doubt that JFK would; if he read the principles for going to war, would disagree with the teachings of the Church about wars.

            ———————————
            Just war theory

            From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
            Just war theory (or Bellum iustum) is a doctrine of military ethics of Roman philosophical and Catholic origin,
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_war_theory

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Phil, US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was NOT a pacifist.

            You have been brainwashed and thus read only the "progressive" works that echo what you were spoon fed.

            JFK started US involvement in Vietnam.

            it was President Nixon who ended the Vietnam war.

            What college did you go to? Clown college?

          • Phil

            I never said he was a pacifist…when I said I was a JFK liberal that is a pacifist; I wanted to imply like RFK that I thought : McCarthy might have had it right about communism; especially, in this day and age of the 21st century where guys like Soros have been buying up all the left movements… I'm sure anticipating social unrest so they can make society more uncivilized.

            The liberals that wrote him were not even strict pacifists; like myself, though most on the right would call them that, because, some of them think force would be needed on a very limited basis if confronted by someone, out to do them in.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Look at your above post Philly,

            You said:

            "I'm a JFK liberal pacifist"

            BTW, your pants are on fire.

          • Phil

            I'm lying about how I define my political beliefs?…enlighten me then…I'm a liberal, I'm open to the possibility, I'm something other then a JFK liberal pacifist; what is my politics?..I usually just call myself a liberal pacifist.

            I was only baby when, JFK was President; I have no particular likes for Clinton (but I regret ever voting for Clinton) because, I never knew about his strangulation politics…I voted for him twice.

            I did not vote for Obama or McCain; but I did vote the Democratic ticket locally.

            I definitely am not a communist; I despise Soros, and a majority of the left, and Arabic groups he funds.

            I recently thought of calling myself a a JFK liberal pacifist, because last time I seen protesters here in New York, with them literally running down the streets; with Arabic flag symbols, I felt like I was in the West Bank, and not NYC.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You mentioned 'all the Kennedys believed in a 'just war theory'.

            How does that jive with Daddy Kennedy liking Hitler? How do you define just war and how does that stand for all the Kennedys?

          • Phil

            I'm a pacifist so I think; all wars are unjust.

            The Kennedy father probably did not know that Hitler was evil.

            In fact, in Germany at the time the Catholic Church said it was a duty to be a good German, and join the Nazis.

            He was not a pacifist; it was the Christian pacifists (in Germany) that knew from day one that Hitler was evil, and refused to cooperate with it. Hitler had them beheaded, because they refused to join the Nazis.
            ————————————————–

            Kellogg–Briand Pact
            From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

            The 1928 Kellogg–Brian Pact was concluded outside the League of Nations, and remains a binding treaty under international law.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellogg%E2%80%93Bria

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Admitting your example (Ambassador Kennedy) was mislead and wrong doesn't give your argument a lot of credibility.

          • Looking4Sanity

            You could have saved a lot of keystrokes by just saying " Hi. I'm Phil, and I'm an idiot".

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Wee todd hasn't been around much since the beginning of ramadan.

            It's so nice having his profile go quiet!

          • Looking4Sanity

            I guess he couldn't hack the job without his flask.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            He's back but not on better sites.

            Just the cheap ones with no standards. Even patriot here is welcome there, imagine.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Well…I try not to judge…but it can be hard not to sometimes. And in some circumstances it is actually a necessity. The trick is knowing the difference.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Well, Daddy Joe was such a paragon of virtue anyway, right? The guy was violating the Constitution at the time to make his fortune selling booze smuggled in from Canada. Doesn't that put him in the same bed as Al Capone?!?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Yes, a real pacifist….

            (sarcasm)

          • Oleg

            You forgot about the Cuban missile crisis, definately NOT a pacifist reaction to that either, he sent out the U.S Navy to blockade Cuba. I believe JFK also made it clear to the Soviets that if they didn't pull the missiles out of Cuba, and dismantle all of the sites the U.S would take military action, and if a missile was launched from Cuba against the U.S the next missile was headed from the U.S to downtown Moscow.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Yes I forgot, that's why I added a second comment that included the CMC.

            And now the conventional wisdom that the Kurschev won. The US installed missiles in Turkey, the soviets didn't like that. They retaliated by putting missiles in Cuba.

            The CMC ended when both the US and Soviets agreed to withdraw their missiles.

          • johnnywoods

            I think Eisenhower started US involvement in Viet Nam and Kennedy escalated it, but he certainly was no pacifist.

          • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

            Just to interject and correct, JFK was no liberal. He was a Democrat back when there still was such a thing. But liberal, never.

      • Phil

        The comment I added, and wanted to modify and put on Cock
        burns's Nation article, was a deleted comment I made about Liebor at http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/10… ….because, I am a liberal pacifist, and in the middle of it, because of the Jewish side of my family; I tend to want to jump into things, rather then wait for a million people to go march down a street.

        My grandfather's Will was quite political… I bet…. my mother at the time was dating Ray Corbett, the president of the New York AFL-CIO, as president he was in charge of a a lot of money, and even met with JFK at the White House…my mother even had dinner with Corbett and Hoffa…went on a date with Hugh Hefner whom wanted her to pose for Playboy, went to parties with a Rockefeller (on unprescribed Valium?) etc., etc.

        Frankly, it would not surprise me if Nixon ever said the real reason for Watergate was because of his trying to manipulate the House of Rothschild via my family from Providence Rhode Island, Newport, and throughout Connecticut, whom were literally all millionaires when they retired, and moved to Miami in the early 50s.

        I think the liberals whom knew Kennedy personally, turned JFK around about the need for the Cold War too.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Phil, Was your mother banged by JFK too?

          • Phil

            I doubt my mother would tell me that; about the only time she ever came close to telling me she did it with a famous person….was with Richard Anderson; the guy who was the actor called Oscar Goldman of the TV show…. The Six Million Dollar Man…she was grinning the whole time with a huge smile so she probably did.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Phil, Your mother sure slept around.

            How many STDs?

          • ajnn

            screw socialism – this questioning about phil's mother is ugly.

            please apologize for your rudeness.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Praying for the dead is an exercise in futility. They either grabbed salvation as they passed by it or not. Death is the boundary marker for choices. Make sure you don't leave any of yours unmade.

      • Jose_Can_U_Si?

        Looking4Sanity claimed that, "Praying for the dead is an exercise in futility.
        They either grabbed salvation as they passed by it or not. "

        Looking4Sanity: Do you dispute Roman Catholicism's doctrine of Salvation??

        Yes, or No?

        • Looking4Sanity

          Not that it's any of your business, but I thought I made my belief quite clear. Did I stutter?

          • Jose_Can_U_Si?

            It has nothing to do with "my business". It is a Straight question.

            Man up. Do you agree with RCC's Essential Doctrine of Salvation?

            Yes, or No?

            Simple question based on your statement. QUOTE: ""Praying for the dead is an exercise in futility. They either grabbed salvation as they passed by it or not. " "

            Roman Catholic sites say, "Enjoy the spiritual words of comfort to the Catholic Prayer For The Dead prayer." http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/funeral-prayer

            Why do you disagree with this?

            Looking4Sanity: Are you another anti-Catholic?

          • Looking4Sanity

            Why do you insist on asking questions you already have the answer to?

          • southwood

            Is being "anti-catholic" a crime ? He made his position pretty clear. What's your problem ?

          • Looking4Sanity

            Indeed. It's not like I'm looking to go on an anti Catholic rant. I just stated what, to me, is an obvious truth. His problem is his hatred for me personally. Haters h8. It's what they do.

          • Looking4Sanity

            If you want to launch into some anti-Catholic screed, you'll have to do it without my help. Catholicism doesn't interest me either way. I'm not going to defend it and I'm certainly not going to convert to it. Likewise, neither am I going to waste time attacking it. That would be unseemly and largely beneath my dignity. You feel free to have at it though. It should be right up your alley.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Well, now you're just being obnoxiously redundant.

          • Jose_Can_U_Si?

            Looking4Strife (QUOTE) Re: "If you want to launch into some anti-Catholic screed,"

            WRONG!

            RE: QUOTE: "Not that it's any of your business, but I thought I made my belief quite clear. Did I stutter? – ~

            No one on this thread knows what you are talikng about. Moreover, your Soteriology is a complete mystery to me.

            AGAIN: Here was my original question:

            ~ "Do you agree with RCC's Essential Doctrine of Salvation? " (based on your attack on "prayers for the dead.")

            Can you answer that, "Tetelestai"???

            OR, are you simply another oily-mouthed, slippery gutter viper who posts and runs?

          • Looking4Sanity

            It must be terribly frustrating to discover you're not the master manipulator you thought you were. Look how quickly you've been reduced to ad hominem. Pretty sad. Even more pitiful when you consider the intent was to hurt my feelings and you failed miserably at that too. You're really just not very good at this troll thing, are you? And you still haven't got what you wanted! You really think that's going to change? LOL!

          • Jose_Can_U_Si?

            Replying to Looking4Sanity

            You play to the World. There is no Light in you. You are oily mouthed .

          • Looking4Sanity

            More ad hominem, Jose? Why am I not surprised? If you don't eventually get on topic, people are going to think you're as psychotic as the Joker!

          • johnnywoods

            I disagree with the RCC doctrine of Salvation because it contridicts Scripture.

    • AgentGrant

      Phil, this is one of the oddest posts I have ever read.

      You seem like a nice guy, so please, re-think your liberalism. Perhaps you do not realize, the meaning of liberal has changed. It no longer means Democrat, it means socialist, or communist. And I am sure everyone here wants you to realize, being a pacifist is playing right into the hands of the communists. I am happy you are rich, and do not mind you inherited money. But Obama does mind, and wants to take from you. All of it. Please do not vote for him.

      • Phil

        It is literally impossible for a liberal pacifist to play into the hands of a communistic way of life… because liberal pacifists are opposed to totalitarians, authoritarian politics which is equated with communism.

        You with no disrespect intended, you may be projecting onto me, what is probably occurring to what has happened to the current Republicans in power, in that because they have a sort of authoritarian way in politics… that they naturally play into the hands of communism.

        Most actual liberal pacifists; that know they are liberal pacifists, understood in the past historically they had nothing in common in their beliefs, and in their social movements.

        You might have it correct though, about how today doublespeak has turn liberals into card carrying communists.

        Ask Horowitz…. he will probably even confirm what I say as being true.

      • Phil

        I am not rich nor am I dirt poor…I do have a trust fund though: I was simply going into this because, if I do at some point seek, my inheritance from my grandfather's Will, I will need to understand more about the House of Rothschild; because politics played a huge role in 1968.

        Below, I go into more specifics. I even in my research found the bar that they hung out and discussed my grandfather's will, and it was known for making wink and nod deals there…. other relatives of mine owned and ran the bar, before it was torn down and developed. and would take me to their beach house in Jupiter Florida. it was famous bar for politicians, and the rich, even rock stars went to it on occasion, in Miami.

        ————————————————————
        As a half Jew (my father is a non observant Jew and my mother is Irish Catholic)…I know basically nothing scientifically about the Middle East…. because I'm a a half Jew, even the Jews don't consider me a Jew.
        Also, on the father's side of the family, my father kept me in the dark about everything Jewish about me, because, when he found out my grandfather wrote me in his Will; he made a few phone calls to make sure I was kept in the dark..because, his trust upset a lot of people (both Jew's and non-Jew's)… they (my relatives) were millionaires; one of the lawyers from Newport Rhodes Island, that wrote the Will… and associated with my grandfather… was so rich he was on the board of First National Bank (the House of Rothschild?)…I did a in depth historical study of my Jewish side of history; and will tell you a few facts you will never read about in the press. The Arabs are completely unjustified in the war with the Jews; I say this from the perspective of a JFK liberal pacifist democrat, because while there are Jews like Madoff, and like my father, on that side of the family, that would steal etc., you should understand they (those kinds of Jews) would not even just steal from the Arabs, their country, but even from their own people. From, what I understand about Zionism which is basically nothing historical… I sort of identify my self as a ultra Zionist, because I would likely not be welcome to live in Israel, by the Jews because I am a half Jew, even if I was persecuted for being Jewish; and with me possibly being in the middle of a Rothschild controversy over Liebor, I too seek a home to call my own that God says is mine, so what is so wrong with Zionism? I see nothing wrong with it.

        If you have problems with their type of Zionism, work with them to work out your differences, but I suggest doing it “face to face” with them with no mediators.

        My grandfather, I was told by reliable sources, hated my father because all he wanted to be in life was a yuppie trust fund wannabe…other reliable sources told me my grandfather would always yell at my father, because he could not make money for himself…. so then he wrote me in his Will; this upset a lot of powerful people in the United States, because it went against the grain about how the wealthy are to inherit wealth..so I
        sued the bankster, when many years later found out about it, and I won on the appeal, and some of these type of banksters, may or will be all over the preses over Liebor.

        It was a ton of work; I had to literally go over 30 feet of paperwork, generated by me, and them over all this, but I won the appeal,and I am not a lawyer.

  • Ben

    Cockburn's anti-americanism was bizarre and extreme, even for a far leftwing type.

  • BarbaraJoanne

    I find it so very sad that communism gets, continually, an historical "pass" when it comes to the evil they did. Millions upon millions of victims wait in eternity for any acknowledgement of their murders. The Nazis are, and deserve to be, seen as the mass-murderers they were. The Communists? No problem. So depressing and such a shame on the Left.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Soviet SOCIALISTS and National SOCIALISTS.

      Commie and nazi filth.

  • cynthia curran

    He probably was against Climate changed since the old Soviet Union did a lot of air pollution but on one point he was different.

    • mrbean

      The apocalyptic climate change scare has always been a incestuous scheme by which some unprincipled scientists were able to wrest major research funding from governments and institutions, and thus stay employed and published. They have been aided and abetted by left-wing politicians and journalists who knew that supporting the climate change doomsday theory was a way to look caring and politically correct while advancing the only potent anti-capitalist agenda left after the fall of Communism. Scientists who push findings supporting a man-made climate change doomsday get their grants and stay gainfully employed, while giving their benefactors, left-wing lawmakers and big media, the alleged "scientific" basis for stories and laws that bash capitalism. At least let the late George Carlin inform you on Climate Change BS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGOBm2J4tn0

  • Cha

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Phil

      I agree. Cockburn was a fascist, a communist, and an extreme Jew-hater. His hatred of israel was so extreme and irrational that he went out of his way to lie about Israel when he was or wasn't on his mood stabilizers. How any decent person could spend money on any magazine that published his rot is beyond me.

  • alex

    you cannot teach at schools: "do not kill" – and so kids kill. "Nice" job, leftists.

  • White Hunter

    I'd never seen a photograph of Cockburn before now; but he looks exactly as I would have imagined, and the exterior ugliness mirrored what was inside: grim, angry, disheveled, a cousin if not a brother of Ayers and a soulmate of Chomsky and Zinn in his toxic hatred of America and slavish devotion to our enemies–if he'd had a soul at all. I could never figure out why The Wall Street Journal allowed his mendacious venom to pollute its op ed page for so many years. Good riddance to a life full of poison and lies.

  • sononthe_beach

    I never knew him, but I now despise his memory–even though I don't have one.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I never knew him, hey lucky me!!!………………………..William

  • Tom

    I tend to agree with you, however, one slight clarification: The Bolsheviks were the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP) and were Marxists. I think you meant to say the proletariat chicken coops. The Marxists and Bolsheviks would have been co-owners of the chicken coop.

  • Phil

    I'm half-Jewish; my father is a non observant Jew…and my norther is Irish Catholic…no offense intended; but why do some Jews despise Cockburn? For me, as a American (half Jew) their anti-semitism, is not even worth wasting my breath over. Getting upset over them is giving them fuel.

    Their not even capable of organizing their hate, because they are basically braindead…Soros, with all his billions cannot organize them, because, he does not have a clue what anarchy is, or American liberalism…the rich Arab oil dictators don't know how to organize them in the United States, because they are totalitarian; they would not know what the people do when they organize a demonstration, if it was sitting in front of their face.

    • elixelx

      Phil: The Rabbis said: Giving kudos to the undeserving is a form of idolatry…and if you had followed Cockburn's anti-semitic, anti-Jew, anti-Israel career lo these many years you would know that unceserving is a charitable word to use for this bigoted pig.
      As for you, you're NOT Jewish; you're NOT half-Jewish. That's because Jewishness, like pregnancy, is an all-or-nothing state. However claiming that you are is a first step toward the realization that you could be.
      Go, study, immerse yourself. You may yet inherit by dedication and striving what you did not get from birth.
      Good Luck…

      • Phil

        Thank you; I will not convert… but God only knows… if he wanted me to I'm sure I would.

        I'm impressed with the the Orthodox Jews, much more the the others… I was amazed how their way of thinking is so like mine, even before I read about their beliefs.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Phil, considering all men your slept with, do you really know who your biological father is?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        "your mother slept with"

      • trickyblain

        Are you a 13 year old?

  • imoira

    It is odd that this wretch agreed that man is not responsible for catastrophic climate change because that 'belief' is a leftist fiction. The goal of the belief program is to control energy, destroy western economies and redistribute wealth. What's there for a leftist not to believe?

    • Sheena

      I agree. The "man made global warming" thing has always been about distroying the most hated of all – a government of free thinking people, honest debate, liberty, limited gov., and capitalism. In short a capitalist democracy. i have been aware of Mr. Cockburn for better than 25 years and have always wonder what possess's a man like him.

  • Johncdavidson

    Some embrace this in order to distinguish themselves in the eyes of the immorals they covet. It is something that occurs throughout the history of mankind that we just seem not to be able to deal with properly. So, once again we all suffer the consequences.

  • foxmuldar

    He reminds me much of Eric the Red Holder. Oh and Barack Hussein Obama. Both like Cockburn hell bent on destroying this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aj.weberman AJ Weberman

    Good, I am glad he is dead.

  • GypsyTyger

    " Despite the unfortunate resurgence in our time of the vile ideologies of the 1930s and 1960s to which he devoted his life, Alex was at the end a bitter and spiteful man. This was the predictable fruit of a life spent badly in recrimination and anger." Well written.

  • Guest

    De mortuus nil nisi bonum.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Purgamentum init exit purgamentum…………………William

      • Lucifer Dye

        Totum scrotum est.

  • piratesfan

    Phil… You forget that BOTH JFK and his brother Bobby were both anti Communist and Cold Warriors and personal friends with Senator Joe McCarthy, so much so that Bobby Kennedy who was a legal aid to McCarthy ,asked Joe McCarthy to be the Godftaher of his first child Kathleen. Did your read the posts here correctly pointing out that JFK was in combat during WW II, that he gave the go ahead for the Bay of Pigs Invasion, sent the first combat troops to Viet Nam in March 1961 AND on the day he was killed on Novemeber 22, 1963 there were over 17,000 troops in South Viet Nam? How about the Cuban Missile Crisus of October 1962 when we came as close as I hope we ever get to a nuclear war AND the fact that JFK would have taken us to war with the USSR had Soviet troops passed through the Brandenburg Gate after the Berlin Wall was built in 1961. I'm no fan of the Kennedy's but KFK was a patrot and served his country in war and peace. Do they still teach history in our public schools? Or even the private ones?

  • micky

    Still two brothers to go—–

  • patriothere

    What a hateful and mean man this Horowitz guy is.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      No, that's you. A simple minded paid hack troll. Does Iran give you a paycheck for posting here?
      You already admitted someone does.

      6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
      "I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out."

      • patriothere

        Whatever paid hack troll. Why does you boss insist on using that quote?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          I don't have a boss.

          Don't blame me for your being foolish enough to think being a paid troll is something to brag about.

          • patriothere

            Why does you boss insist on using that quote?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Why does your boss insist on your pretending you have credibility?

            Some people, not muslim, have ideas of their own and don't need a handler.

  • Lady_Dr

    There is only one word for this man – smuck.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    He knew most of the global warming was coming from leftist hot air, since his demise it may
    be a tad cooler, not much just a tad……………………….William

  • EdwinS

    from NYTimes obit:
    … Mr. Cockburn, an often-fierce critic in the columns of Israeli policies in the Middle East, was dismissed from The Voice in 1984 after The Boston Phoenix reported that he had accepted a $10,000 grant from a group that its critics called pro-Arab — David Schneiderman, The Voice editor at the time, suggested that the grant created a conflict of interest.

    Mr. Cockburn said he had taken the money for a book project and had planned to return it.

    Among his charming qualities: he was corrupt.

  • Looking4Sanity

    WOW! Just…wow! And I thought I was hard on the Commies!

    My hat is off to you, David! You're fighting the good fight. I'm not going to blame you for telling it like it is. I only hope I am allowed to be half that truthful in my comments on your site in defense of America and conservatism!

    I think Mark Twain said it best when he wrote "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."

    • JakeTobias

      Actually, I thought Mr. Horowitz was not being hard at all.

      He was just reporting facts. Cockburn got off easy.

      • Looking4Sanity

        I'm sure you're correct. I'm not familiar with Cockburn or his “work”, so I'll have to take David at his word…and that is good enough for me in this instance.

  • SteveN plaut

    You left out Alexander Burncock's promotion of crackpot Holocaust Deniers and of conspiracy nuts, his claims that Jews were behind the 9-11 attacks on the US, his promotion of every anti-Semitic crank on the planet, and his unique success in forging the merger of Stalinism with Neo-Nazism.

  • Guy

    Why does not FPM run a piece about the 101 things one can do with Alexander Cockburn's carcass.

  • normtrub

    I don't like speaking ill of the dead but Cockburn was despicable anti-semite an Israel hater and a hater of the West. In almost every article he would find some way to vilify Israel. I used to make it a point to clash with him and his followers in the comments section of the papers that carried his articles. I did get good feedback on most.. I'm not unhappy that he won't be able to inflict us with his rants any more.

  • tagalog

    A news organization that reports that a person's views about the climate align him with one political side or another is a news organization that needs to be ignored as too stupid to be believed.

    Science consists of debate and proofs sufficient to support one interpretation or the other. It is not political except when it is used (as by the climate change/global warming political change proponents) for political purposes.

    "Any man's death diminishes me," as John Donne said, but in Cockburn's case I'm willing to make an exception.

  • Schlomotion

    This is a great comment from Alexander Cockburn:

    "Over the past 20 years I’ve learned there’s a quick way of figuring out just how badly Israel is behaving. You see a brisk uptick in the number of articles here accusing the left of anti-Semitism."

    Ostensibly, Mr. Cockburn was an antisemite for figuring out Hasbara schtick and dismissing it with a wave of his pen. He was also allegedly an antisemite for daring to investigate rumors of Philip Zack in the anthrax attack and also the Israeli art students who were Mossad agents casing out US buildings of interest. Ultimately, the FBI settled on the late Bruce Edwards Ivins, a Catholic Zionist for an easy out on the anthrax investigation. Mr. Ivins's best quote was:

    "By blood and faith, Jews are God's chosen, and have no need for 'dialogue' with any gentile."

    As yet, Mr. Spencer, whose beliefs resemble Ivins,' has not seen fit to lead a purge of lunatic Catholics from Fort Detrick, only lunatic Muslims. But Alexander Cockburn is the "antisemite," who defends the Irrational Left from Steven Plaut, who foamed at the mouth, calling them Cockburn's Cockroaches. Somehow, Cockburn is "the last Stalinist" while the Hasbara press is able to flip out at any article critical of Israel and avoid the Stalinist appellation.

    Most of this is some kind of internal squabble between Mr. Horowitz, Mr. Hitchens, and Mr. Cockburn, old tortoises of the New Left, smirking over which one flips over and dries out in the sun first. If moral righteousness is determined by telomeres, then in this case, FPM wins the right to tapdance on the others' graves.

    This is still a funny article, though:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2003/05/29/a-whiner-c

    • Ghostwriter

      Even now,you can't resist attacking Jews,Schlomotion. It's almost Pavlovian with you. Write a comment,bash Jews. Is it any wonder you're called an anti-semite? You must have REALLY loved this guy's work.

    • Phil

      The reason Cockburn, the left, and morons like Schlomotion are accused of being antisemites is obvious. They are all hateful antisemites who aren't man enough to admit it. Instead, they advocate the destruction of Israel and deny that they hate Jew. They accuse Israelis of crimes and are quick to write articles about their claims even when the charges are proven to be false. They attack Israel for human rights violations but say nothing about the horrific genocide in Darfur and Rwanda unless they blame israel for the crimes. Then, they insist that they are not Jew-haters.

  • Schlomotion

    I hate all dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker

  • Phineas

    I think i can hear Bill & Bernardine crying all the way from chicago. No doubt,if Front Page Magazine is still around 20-30 years from now, their epitaph's will read exactly like this one ( I say 20-30 because I'm totally pessimistic that they'll both live at least another 20. Evil people rarely die young ).

  • dcdoc1

    "He was personally vicious in attacking political opponents and even friends, such as Christopher Hitchens, about whom he wrote one of the most disgusting columns I have ever read – although in fairness it must be said that Christopher himself was a master of this particular form of literary abuse."

    Does anyone know which of Cockburn's pieces about Hitchens it is that DH considers "one of the most disgusting columns I have ever read" and can they provide a link to it.

    That particular form of literary abuse to which DH refers is a high art form for those on the left. Cockburn, Hitchens, and Gore Vidal were all masters of it. There are some things that might be said on behalf of Hitchens, but I can think of none that could be said on behalf of the later two.

  • http://twitter.com/GlendaFindley @GlendaFindley

    It's too bad Hitch wasn't around to write his eulogy. Knowing him, it would have been part good, part bad, and part very very bad. I sure miss Hitch.

  • Questions

    Alexander Cockburn, like it or not, had plenty of friends — including those on the Right. Chronicles, the Rockford Institute paleoconservative monthly, regularly ran his columns late in his life. I didn't like Cockburn either, especially on the Middle East, but typically shrill, hysterical Culture War taunting from the Right — like yours, elixelx — isn't going to score us any points.

  • Deryle

    Maybe a day late and dollar short here, and certainly against the grain, but after reading these hateful invectives, I'll add this:
    I knew Alex Cockburn. None of these descriptions fit him at all.
    Alex was not his journalistic persona.
    He was a funny, compassionate life-loving human who, contrary to popular–at least on these pages–did not "hate America'. He was a naturalized American citizen, for chrissakes.

    But, like ol Brother Dick Gregory was wont to say, "Telling the truth to the ignorant only makes a lie of the truth"

    "Move along now, nothing to see here."