Alexander Cockburn, The Nation's "Beat the Devil" columnist and one of America's best-known radical journalists, was born in Scotland and grew up in Ireland. He graduated from Oxford in 1963 with a degree in English literature and language.
After two years as an editor at the Times Literary Supplement, he worked at the New Left Review and The New Statesman, and co-edited two Penguin volumes, on trade unions and on the student movement.
A permanent resident of the United States since 1973, Cockburn wrote for many years for The Village Voice about the press and politics. Since then he has contributed to many publications including The New York Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and the Wall Street Journal (where he had a regular column from 1980 to 1990), as well as alternative publications such as In These Times and the Anderson Valley Advertiser.
Why is it so hard for lawmakers, media and moguls to take moral responsibility?
If America loses its domestic auto industry, 5 percent of the workforce may be on the street. Don't workers need a bailout, too?
Obama will face a bruising engagement with reality in the months ahead.
Never has the dead hand of the past had a "reform" candidate so firmly by the windpipe.
By approving the bailout, Congress sealed our political fate more firmly than any presidential election.
Now is the moment to kick neoliberalism into the grave. We won't get another moment like this in our lifetimes.
Obama's responses to the crises of the war and the failing economy are so flimsy, no wonder the GOP has so handily changed the subject.
The initiating party for our next cold confrontation with Russia most certainly was the United States.
Collapse of the old world information order.
Democrats seek the center--and lose their moorings.