Steve Sailer has reminded me to memorialize Alexander Cockburn. He hasn’t been heard from much in the US for a long time, but years ago he used to be popular in magazines like Rolling Stone and the New Republic that I read in the library.
He came from an upper-class English background- he had an ancestor who was a high-ranking Royal Navy officer who led the attack on Washington, and the burning of the White House, of whom he was quite proud. And yet he was an orthodox communist and vocal defender of all evil leftist or Islamic.
To call the man a tool would be an insult to tools everywhere. Yes, he was a “good writer”. I used to get a libertarian book catalog, the publisher of which liked to comment that he didn’t agree with Michael Kinsley but that he was a great writer. The problem with that is that Michael Kinsley was and is a lying sack of crap- he is obviously smart enough to know that what he is saying is wrong, and yet he uses his facility with words to fool or bully people into disagreeing with it.
Kinsley’s system totters on its last legs. Cockburn’s system has long been swept away in ignominy, still with his defense though. How do people answer for evil? Maybe to a just God, maybe only to historical memory, maybe only to objective truth. Whatever it may be, Cockburn is dead and his judgement is ultimate and final. He supported and advocated for great evil, without repentance and to the end, and can never undo this.