Progress Was Back to the Past
Counterpunch - A Mockery of his Communist father Claude Cockburn
|Cockburn - His radicalism deserted him|
I promised not to write any blogs on my vacation. Kids and all that plus lack of adequate facilities. This is a blog without graphics as the Gottenberg youth hostel's computers have only installed the Internet.
|The youthful Cockburn became increasingly attracted to fascism|
|The internet magazine Cockburn founded became a test bed for what has been called the Brown-Red alliance|
There is a whole genre of 'the left' who, having no confidence in the working class, mouth radical slogans. Gilad Atzmon is one such creature. Cockburn was another.
|Cockburn abandoned socialism for nationalism|
|Cockburn was never a Marxist|
I have done a quick google search on the Counterpunch site and it lists no less than 304 articles by Gilad Atzmon, no doubt some of them are duplicates.
What is worse is that this garbage site Cockburn set up, Counterpunch, has constantly reprinted the articles of the medieval anti-Semite Israel Shamir who believes that the Blood Libel, whereby Jews murdered non-Jewish children to use their blood to make matzot (unleavened bread) for Passover, is true. Countless Jews died the most horrible deaths, victims of Christian inspired pogroms at Easter because of this. Julius Streicher, editor of Der Sturmer and Gauleiter of Franconia, who was hanged at Nuremburg, revived this blasphemy in his pornographic paper.
This was the extent of Cockburn's radicalism, reaching into the sewers of the most barbaric anti-semitism. Nor was this the only example. In the print edition of Counterpunch was an article by Shamir 'Dreyfuss Case Revisited' . 'Was he really a victim of anti-Semitism' Shamir asks about the royalist-military-clerical frame up of the Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfuss. It was precisely the defeat of these reactionaries that led, 40 years later to the resistance to the Nazis and the remarkable survival of 75% of French Jewry in the holocaust.
I also have a personal-political axe to grind. When Mary Rizzo, Atzmon's collaborator (before she found out he was a mysoginist) printed a particular article attacking me and Jews Against Zionism. Roland Rance and myself replied. Cockburn not only refused to publish it but he, despite many emails and phone messages, refused to even acknowledge it.
If his father, the redoubtable Claude Cockburn, had seen what and who his son had aided in the cause of 'anti-imperialism' he would have turned in his grave. That Alex Cockburn started off as a radical is not doubted but he died a reactionary racist who believed that conspiracies explained all.