Robert Becker

Robert Becker
Location
California, United States
Birthday
January 01
Bio
Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) I left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92; from '92-02 I did marketing consulting & writing; from '02 until now, I scribble on politics and culture, looking for the wit in the shadows.

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Captive by the relentless train wreck called establishment politics, let us pause and consider potential breakthroughs. Scoff at my optimism, even fantasies, but doesn't every epic calamity beget a perk or two, eventually? I trust the "gift in the wound" lRead full post »

 

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OpEdNews' master of ceremonies, Rob Kall, delivered an intriguing, articulate and progressive vision in a recent interview by Burl Hall and Meryl Ann Butler (in her Envision This! programs). In-depth thinking and reading, plRead full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 5:18PM

You say you want a revolution?

By Robert S. Becker

Well, you know
We all want to change the world – The Beatles

Incantations of “revolution” rise from right and left choirs, reminiscent of the visionary ’60’s. That turned out well – as “the system” swallowed the great divergence,…

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Let's give the snarling, three-pointed Devils their due. Tea Party backers and insurgents found in Ted Cruz a slick, shiny face to dish out its latest rendition of raising Cain, that is, elevating gasbag demagoguery. I suspect this perverse 20% minorit… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

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Let's give the snarling, three-pointed Devils their due. Tea Party backers and insurgents found in Ted Cruz a slick, shiny face to dish out its latest rendition of raising Cain, that is, elevating gasbag demagoguery. I suspect this perverse 20% minorit… Read full post »

 

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By Robert S. Becker

 

A hermit back from deep forest haunts, perusing the wings of online punditry, would be staggered by pervasive, oddly-parallel End of Times bombshells. Throw in frazzled ecosystem scientists posting a third homily on looming Armageddon.… Read full post »

Faces of Minority Misrule

Faces of Minority Misrule

 

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Having endured an unreal week of "checks" -- more like unhinged minority checkmates, defenders of majority rule must yearn for those legendary "balances" that save us from rightwing extortion. What felt first like a mugging escalated into… Read full post »

Lemmings


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Knee-jerk House tantrums hit new comic highs as the Wily E. Coyote party continues its madcap leap to self-destruction. Can’t zealots who hate government find more imaginative ways not to govern? The latest cartoon antics only dramatize what happens wh… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 2:32PM

It’s a Wrap: Obama is No Bush Warmonger

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By Robert S. Becker


Though not for lack of trying, in his solo flight Obama dramatically flubbed War-making 101. This washout is all the more astonishing, considering how far he’s gone, and high political costs paid, duplicating woefully entrenched policies. Yet this pres… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 2:32PM

It’s a Wrap: Obama is No Bush Warmonger

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By Robert S. Becker


Though not for lack of trying, in his solo flight Obama dramatically flubbed War-making 101. This washout is all the more astonishing, considering how far he’s gone, and high political costs paid, duplicating woefully entrenched policies. Yet this pres… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

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Rare are the moments when hard-bitten pundits kneel in prayer, paying homage to the imminent wonder upon us. What was unimaginable a month ago, without drastic foreign muggings against the homeland, has come to pass. We bask for a moment as these UniteRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Obombardier Away 

If dramatic reversal matters, Obama's legacy headline as our first minority president is fast fading. Not when this one-time peacenik, alleged war skeptic, and Nobel Prize Winner in his second term turns moralistic warmonger with a vengeance. By what drone-a… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

All of three years ago, five-million barrels of Gulf crude oil, made more poisonous by adding toxic dispersant, redefined the meaning of marine pollution. Now, its brand badly tarnished, BP’s latest CEO, Robert Dudley, dumps its latest sludge, a slick concoction of chutzpah

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By Robert S. Becker

Two sterling insights from Obama neighbor, noted writer, and good friend, Francis-Noël Thomas, capture the disaster that is the modern American presidency:

 

1) Whatever a president doesn't know on election, he won't learn in office. HoweverRead full post »

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 Churchgoing and church construction is down.

By Robert S. Becker

 

The intrepid optimist is back, searching for shreds of good news against the baying gloom. Well, an optimist compared to the relentless Chris Hedges-Paul C. Roberts School of Apocalypse Now. What darkens my… Read full post »

Melting Pot

 

By Robert S. Becker


What enduring image bespeaks hallowed American exceptionalism – greatness fortified by immigrant labor – than Melting Pot? “Come, you poor, tired, huddled masses: acclimate, pitch in, and enjoy your share of Yankee treasure.” And scattered…

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By Robert S. Becker

 

Remember that hilarious Amadeus moment when Mozart’s jaw drops, all excitement dashed when the Emperor belittles his latest tour de force as “a touch elaborate.”  Meaning “too long,” since (absurdly) one can only hear &Read full post »

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No one outdoes Texan Diane Wilson for unflinching, off-the-wall, over-the-fence, ingeniously brilliant protests. That insight struck me after a phone chat about her dramatic, face-to-face White House fence insurgency against relentless Gu… Read full post »



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Where are the momentous, consciousness-raising boycotts of yesteryear that rose up against injustice, bigotry, or plain stupidity, to advance legal,Read full post »

 

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How telling the master of smug moralism, Ronald Reagan, censured the Soviet Union 30 years ago not merely as the "evil empire" but the "focus of evil in the modern world." Stand aside, Satan, Hitler or Pol Pot, displaced by upstart Commies, like N… Read full post »

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Whatever his ultimate, well-scrubbed narrative, the Obama experiment in learning-on-the-job defies the popular theory that great, overpowering personalities dictate their will, dominate eras and make history. Long past his definitive re-election win, this pre… Read full post »

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How telling our liveliest, most enduring public debate obscures endless war or economic misery, debt ceilings, size of government, even Obamacare. Forget about climate calamities, pandemics or food shortages. The raucous national discord, curious after his half…

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To revive his disintegrating second term, Obama need not go Bulworth and shock everyone with the audacity of truth. Nor must he Wag the Dog, as in trump up a remote security menace, then pulverize some backwater to distract from scandal-mania. As tRead full post »

 

NRA 

 By Robert S. Becker

Who knew, before delving beyond Wayne LaPierre’s shrill, defiant persona, that the NRA imbues guns with sanctified moral purpose? Not just sanctimonious but sanctified, and for the public good. WhyRead full post »

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Four Gun Fantasies Top LaPierre’s Reign of Terror 

Unpacked, core NRA dogma promotes sedition, defying regulation, mediation by police, courts of law, community values, and whatever smacks of government. NRA lobbyist Wayne LaPierre covers his reign of terror, like all zealots, bRead full post »