20 Total Quotes

Alexander Cockburn Quotes

The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin
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#Advocate

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.
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#War #Deception

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

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.
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#Words #Computers

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost --the lost valleys of the imagination.
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#Imagination

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard
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#Nonsense

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
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#Prayer #English Lawyer

Be careful about Burma. Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand, or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka.
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#People #English Lawyer

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.
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#Arms Race #Scientists

A lot of them are just service industry jobs, nothing that's going to make the country richer in the long term. Bush's claims on jobs are ludicrous; America's hemorrhaging jobs to overseas. The industry face of the country has disappeared. Look at Ford; Ford is about to fire 50,000 people. GM has fired 50,000. That's a total of 100,000 people. Can you imagine how many jobs that translates to?
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#Country

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

The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin.
Alexander Cockburn Permalink
#English Lawyer

The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.
Alexander Cockburn Permalink
#English Lawyer

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost - the lost valleys of the imagination.
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#English Lawyer

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.
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#English Lawyer