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Alexander Cockburn quotes

Alexander Cockburn
The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it

Alexander Cockburn
A just war is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.

Alexander Cockburn
Next week Reagan will probably announce that American scientists have discovered that the entire U.S. agricultural surplus can be compacted into a giant tomato one thousand miles across, which will be suspended above the Kremlin from a cluster of U.S. satellites flying in geosynchronous orbit. At the first sign of trouble the satellites will drop the tomato on the Kremlin, drowning the fractious Muscovites in ketchup.

Alexander Cockburn
The travel writer seeks the world we have lost -the lost valleys of the imagination.

Alexander Cockburn
There is never finality in the display terminal's screen, but an irresponsible whimsicality, as words, sentences, and paragraphs are negated at the touch of a key. The significance of the past, as expressed in the manuscript by a deleted word or an inserted correction, is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre.

Alexander Cockburn
A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.