Counterpunch “Unites Against Imperialism”.
To the Barricades!
CounterPunch looks reality in the face.
“In countless interviews, in personal letters, in face-to-face discussions, the questions I keep being asked are becoming very similar: “Now that it is obvious that the West is ready and willing to destroy everything that stands in its way to the total domination of the planet, what can still be done?”
“… if there is no determined resistance, or defence of the basic values on which humanity is based, there will soon be nothing except absolute slavery, market fundamentalism, in brief a society much more appalling than Orwell or Huxley could ever envision.”
“The good news is, that there is resistance!” says André Vltchek
“I am talking about Cuba and Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, Uruguay, China, Russia, Eritrea, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Iran, and many other nations of our wonderful and diverse planet.”
“Iran: Is there any country (maybe except Cuba and Russia), which has suffered from Western terror more than this old cultural powerhouse?”
“Let us first stop Western aggressions, imperialism and neo-colonialism, and only then, let us sort out our differences and determine the ideological way forward for the progressive forces on this planet.
Until then, to the barricades, to the battleships and to the television stations and magazines!
Of course we will win, but it will take some balls and ovaries, as they say in Latin America!”
CounterPunch cannot count this Blog amongst its fans.
Its founding figure Alexander Cockburn (1941 – 2012) has received affectionate, adulatory, reminiscences in the pages of New Left Review – a journal he was also associated with.
Following his death Robin Blackburn claimed in (NLR No 76 2012) that “Alexander’s outlaw columns and newsletter, CounterPunch, held the new power elites to account and showed up the conformism of the serious organs of opinion.”
He was a ” franc-tireur, often roving behind enemy lines, alert to the infinite varieties of liberal claptrap, and unveiling the real world of Big Money and the National Security State”.
A kind of Marxist Hunter S.Thompson.
In short he was a wise guy spilling the “inside dope”.
Perry Anderson, another friend,wrote (Counterpuncher. NLR 85. 2014) “What did this feeling for l’Amérique profonde, as Robin Blackburn has called it, mean for his politics?”
Amongst other traits it seems to have meant a large collection of vintage cars, and a love of guns contributing a lot towards his wandering off onto the wilder shores of cranky ideology.
He attacked “warmism” – the reality of global warming – and defended to the teeth the right to “bear arms”.
Anderson explained the former stand in terms which both lovers of rare words, and and those given to over-used (French) clichés can only admire.
It was the result of an “attachment to barouches pre-dating catalytic converters; perhaps an element of épater—he refused political correctness in any form.”
Lethal weapons for Anderson, perhaps recalling shooting parties Hibernian Estates, were no big deal, “Fire-arms he defended as a patrimony of the American Revolution, whose rifle shows were vibrant displays of anti-government strains in popular culture.”
There is plenty more to say, but not worth saying about somebody whose imprint is already fading.
Though one should add that Cockburn had the good sense to see through the pretensions of Occupy Wall Street. This is to his credit.
His legacy, Counterpunch, often seems to be a cross between the old GDR Schwarze Kanal and Hollywood Confidential.
You half expect articles about desperate West Germans smuggling butter out of the land of milk and milk that was the East German Workers’ State.
Or, to follow the analogy more exactly, it is simply a long sarcastic scream dubbed over the latest news about the USA and the West.
Plus a bit of titillation: Very hush hush.
Nobody, but nobody, is going to the barricades on reading Vltchek.
Who would put these countries in the same list, “Cuba and Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, Uruguay, China, Russia, Eritrea , Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Iran…”
And Iran? (to cite but one, we could continue….).
Many of us would vigorously protest against any US-led attack on the country.
But to claim that the blood-stained Islamist dictatorship merits support as an ” old cultural powerhouse”?
Then there is the coupling of South American social democracies, left governments with Eritrea, one of the worst dictatorships on the planet, and…well we could go on and on.
Fuck off mate!