Robert Becker

Robert Becker
California, United States
January 01
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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By Robert S. Becker

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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By Robert S. Becker

 used with permission  

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 »



 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 »


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 »

Potent agents of our foreign policy 

Conquest, War, Famine and Death


By Robert S. Becker

Pick your apocalypse, for the futures market is booming. Rebel yells of doom and gloom outstrip the Rapture, that mixed bag of redemption for the elect -- and the End of Everything for everyone else. For skittish pessRead full post »



By Robert S. Becker

Government by Poison Pill: A Bold, New Model?

Only a brave contrarian defends a poison pill concoction conceived in cynicism and promoted with panic that staggers home with all the climax of a shotgun wedding. Once an orphan chick ostracized by all,
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Gut Plastic, used with permission

For a Pittance, Join Up as Ocean Activist

Without knowing, as famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle brilliantly summarized in her TED talk, personal caring won’t materialize. And without caring – even about earth’s “life-support system” – then the hope thatRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker


reprinted with permission from K. Tucker 

reprinted with permission, K. Tucker 


In the long arc of history, the human race hopped off branches, crawled from caves, then inscribed holy books. Genesis crowned mankind with dominion “over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the airRead full post »


GOP Cracked 

Republicans aren't just having a bad season, a bad year or bad election cycle. When a shrinking minority, bereft of rebuilding moves, starts hurling thunderbolts at each other, we can project bad decades. Not so long ago, rightwingers began leaping off cliffs and denying… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 20, 2013 4:15PM

Backlash to NRA Rampage Reloads Gun Reform



LaPierre Should Stop Confusing Speaking with Lying


Here's the easy answer to three questions no one expected a year ago: "NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre."


1) Whose sleazy, million-dollar-a-year gun lobbyist perfectly reflects in tone and message our most predatorRead full post »



Robert S. Becker



And the envelope, please. Winner of the elbows down, muzzle up award for the Most Predatory, Most Immunized American Industry . . . yes, consumer firearms. After all, corporate raiders like Romney limit plundering to jobs, tax loopholes, pensions,… Read full post »



By Robert S. Becker 

Doubling Down on Outmoded Messaging Confirms Minority Status  

As Karl Rove’s career crashes – from discredited dirty-trickster to failed super-fundraiser/strategy wizard and lastly mortified TV pundit – one clear narrative… Read full post »


Robert S. Becker


Today’s easy riddle: what will cost more, last longer, and accomplish less than our troop-heavy, anachronistic, perpetual overseas occupations? Nothing, nada, rien – certainly not annual deficits, Bush tax cuts, or formal defense budgets. PutRead full post »


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By Robert S. Becker

What if they gave a war – and only one army showed up?

Here’s my pro-government, Thanksgiving hurrah: federalism dodged another Florida 2000 election fiasco, a looming prospect were Gallup’s blunderbuss pollRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker


also appears at Alternet:



Stuck dancing with the sclerotic herd that brung you


Beyond rightwing foment and sel… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 1:30PM

5 Contradictions Sinking the Right



Robert S. Becker

Enough uplifting, all-purpose notions why Obama and Democrats prevailed, some pertinent (like demographics), many laughable: it was Sandy the storm, tons of “stuff” Obama promised, or Democratic voter repression (right!). “No, no,” shoutRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker


This election is already historic for, win or lose, Mitt Romney has shaken up the game by expanding the talent pool. With a surge that notched his credibility, Mitt gained no small victory against a skillful professional second in brand promotionRead full post »


 hard work


By Robert S. Becker



When Work is Not Salvation

What if the most enduring October scoop got waylaid, buried by campaign Rom-foolery and Obametrics,
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By Robert S. Becker


Delusional Romney belief systems -- whether more trickle-down folly, indefensible tax cuts, or "God's on our side" exceptionalism -- serve as cover for an ever nastier, reactionary vulture culture. Under-regulated vulture capitalism preys on governme… Read full post »


By Robert S. Becker 

Fans of gallows humor must delight in the mounting farce that is Mitt Romney’s campaign. Could his cavalcade of confusion blunder on, even get worse? Common mannersRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 8:40PM

Defyin' the Ever-lovin' Lyin' Blitz

liar, fake, GOP


By Robert S. Becker 


Fancy Liar's Poker? Why not Liar's Politics? This week, faint-hearted journalists crept from quasi-permanent stupor to broadcast Paul Ryan's astonishing duplicity. That spectacle raises this shocking question: is Romney's fact-free mission to lie himRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker


Akin sounds off 


Will the unintended Republican comic opera play on? Enough surging tomfoolery, plus an anemic ticket, and President Obama may survive. Ah, the clandestine metric Romney dreams will carry him into the White House: entertainment verging on farce. Forget… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2012 1:04PM

Ode to Trees, Fleas, and Phony Pleas

By Robert S. Becker




I think that we shall never see
A Willard Romney wannabe:
Would slavish dupes ape sham devices –
A void of ideas, beset with vices?

He lies and dodges, struts and preens,
Icy, disingenuous

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By Robert S. Becker 


Ryan not going rogue

  Ryan: S.O.P. for "moderate" GOP wannabes 

Whether you responded with shock, surprise or delight to his V.P. pick, Mitt Romney delivered no bombshell with Paul Ryan. Au contraire. The briefest survey confirms "going hard right V.P." typifies the mo… Read full post »