Alexander Cockburn, longtime Nation columnist, co-founder of Counterpunch and indefatigable champion of the left, passed away this weekend at the age of 71. In this conversation with David Harvey on Laura Flanders’s GRITtv from April 2009, Cockburn argues against the liberal view that Obama’s presidency and the stimulus plan has resulted in anything even resembling a redistribution of wealth. In fact, we are very much still dealing with the problems created by the 2008 financial meltdown and it will take years before we learn just how much damage it has done to the economy.