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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Unfolding history is a sneaky devil, with mystifying feints, setbacks and misdirection. Seeming triumphs insist on confirmation after the fact. While complexity puzzles our brightest, brash prophets barge in to “explain” away (thus reduce) perplexityRead full post »

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Today's nomination for America's most far-reaching, longest-lasting paradox: how is it our least evolved, least enlightened, low-achieving Southern states set national agendas, even dominate the show. After all, where do emerging stars of the rightwinRead full post »

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Enduring waves of staggering, bipartisan fiascos, progressives can hardly blame the absence of an impactful "populist movement" on the absence of golden opportunities. What could trigger more outrage than the… Read full post »
MARCH 5, 2014 6:11PM

The Terror of Good News

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The only ordeal more daunting today than delivering bad news is the reluctant concession that good news exists. I'd think online readers, awash in doom and gloom, would break away now and again to savor the modest positives that surface. Call me lighthearted. Or lightheaded. Call meRead full post »

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The looming national horror, beside the designer bridge gridlock that redefined gridlock forever, remains the prospect of viewing Chris Christie striped bare. Lord protect us from the spectacle of this particular emperor sans clothes. Talk about a game-changer.Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 9:59PM

Has the Republican Brand Hit Bottom Yet?

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Is there a more compelling image for aggrieved martyrs than blood-thirsty Romans prodding wild animals to rip apart early Christians? Well, mass entertainment, certainly Christianity, has come a long way, baby. Which makes it all the more laughabRead full post »

JANUARY 29, 2014 7:12PM

A Leftwing Tower of Babble?

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How Demonizing Foes Subverts Progressivism

Consciously or not, every pundit or blogger begins with a simple choice: do we address our converted, raring to raise consciousness and ignite protest while disregarding resistant challengers, even opponents? Or do we…

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JANUARY 29, 2014 7:11PM

A Leftwing Tower of Babble?

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Robert S. Becker

How Demonizing Foes Subverts Progressivism

Consciously or not, every pundit or blogger begins with a simple choice: do we address our converted, raring to raise consciousness and ignite protest while disregarding resistant challengers, even opponents? Or do we…

Read full post »

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Ever reckon how future earthlings will sum up our whirling, unhinged, hyper-partisan dervish of an era?  Nix on “Golden Age,” though even worst times ahead will inflate this era with a nostalgic glow. Forget “Renaissance” as one-thRead full post »

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What a shocker: our most pugnacious politician, who apes sneering TV tough guys, finds himself starring in his own reality-survivor drama. The only question remains: is he really a fool (the… Read full post »

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Crushed for years in the framing/messaging wars, Democrats are finally joining the fray with populist, though cautious election-year banners. Right, let's defeat the take-no-prisoners, rightwing war cries -- dripping with life and death dramas -- with safe, feel-goodRead full post »

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What champion of representative democracy wouldn't choose political impeachment, not criminal indictment, as the opening gambit against highfalutin lawbreaking? Impeachment for "high crimes and misdemeanors" sounds dreadful but, like recall elections,Read full post »

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To counteract torrential public uproar, judicial skewering, and unexpectedly sharp presidential panel scrutiny, the one-time National Security Agency has reportedly kept its acronym but changed its name and image. According to undisclosed sources, NSA will iRead full post »

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Slaps Down U. S. Bishops' ‘Social Wedge' Outrage

 

With one fell swoop, the Vatican's unstinting defender of health care as a universal right proposes a real-world answer to its one "American problem" open to change. DeepRead full post »

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Riding his dramatic Iranian breakthrough, President Obama aims to re-ignite his faltering presidency with a Christmas miracle. Interrupting the White House press briefing, Mr. Obama brashly challenged rightwing nullification, calling for “aRead full post »

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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

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »