Alexander Cockburn

I’m coming late to the business of remembering Alexander Cockburn, but not for lack of respect. I find the task intimidating. I learned of Alex’s death early on Saturday morning. I was stunned. I admired him a great deal. I started reading him in the Village Voice around 1975, and he changed the way I saw the world. He is probably more than half the reason I took up the lucrative and prestigious career of radical journalism. He was a magnificent writer—but as every Adorno fan could tell you (and Alex was one of… Read More

Credit default

Back in 2009, Justin Fox, then of Time magazine, published a book called The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. I interviewed him about it on my radio show in June of that year. It’s a pretty good book, but at the time, I thought it bore an uncanny resemblance to some of the arguments I made in my book Wall Street, published by Verso in 1997. (Verso let it go out of print, so it’s now available for free download at that link.) With the publication of the… Read More

Fresh audio product

Just added to my radio archives: July 19, 2012 Art Goldhammer of Harvard’s Center for European Studies on the political economy of Hollande’s France • Liza Featherstone, Report Card columnist for the Brooklyn Rail, on neoliberal school reform July 12, 2012 Enrique Diaz-Alvarez of Ebury Partners on the Spanish crisis (and the German mind) • Michael Dorsey, professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth, on Rio+20

Fresh audio product

Just posted to my radio archives: July 5, 2012 Adolph Reed, author of one of the pieces on this Nation thread, on the crisis in labor • Yanis Varoufakis, now economist in residence at Valve Software, talks about the economics of gaming, and the anarcho-syndicalist organization of the firm