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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DECEMBER 9, 2014 2:24PM

Prophecy, Not History, is the Real Bunk

   

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Bogus Predictions Scorch Left and Right

 

Absurd prophecies from sleazy televangelists are easy to ridicule, especially when failure eggs them on to greater presumption. Batting zero feeds their “confirmation bias,” with leaps of faith jumping the cosmicRead full post »

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However painful the remedy, America the Dense apparently needs another round of 2 X 4's to the head. Despite fiery warnings from the world's best social, economic and scientific analysts -- aghast how many mammoth problems are trivialized, key state voting majoRead full post »

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SNL Satire Downplayed Her Fraudulence

 

Awash with grim, hard times, and pained by Robin Williams’ tragic departure, those of us whose survival depends on comic interludes have not yet abandoned hope. Did not Williams show the way, mining laughter fRead full post »

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As left and right partisans fold Chicken Little into the Boy Who Cried Wolf, high time to label our latest national derangement: Impeachment Addiction Affliction. One day militant Tea Partiers sound the alarm, capping off laughable threats to &ldquoRead full post »

 

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Yahweh Deserves Better than Texas Primitive Gohmert

 

Everybody loves a good story and, as Aristotle taught, nothing drives impact like a beginning, middle and end. Start off with fetching characters and compelling themes, a plotline awash wiRead full post »

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One reluctantly knocks the political wizardry of HBO’s Bill Maher. And yet, how rude: telling his party’s heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, to take a hike, in fact a year off from publicity: “Just go away.” Uh oh, here’s a hugely visi/Read full post »

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Have you tracked the stunningly widespread shout-outs to "populism" -- buoyed by libertarians, Tea Partiers, free-marketeers, gun owners as well as progressive, socio-economic reformers? When a word goes viral, as flexible as rubber, what movement meaning is left? Beware especially autRead full post »

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On a quest to calcify the status quo, this era has not yet hit rock bottom. This country remains as resistant to systemic reform at home as to reversing imperial overreach in the Iraq-Afghan-Libya-Egyptian tradition. The rightwing witches' brew of domestic obstructioniRead full post »

NOTE: I am just the messenger here for a brilliant and funny satire of world history according to know-nothings. Began as a simple email. I picked the graphic. Enjoy and hold your sides.  RB

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Considering the freewheeling surge of monopoly systems -- beyond big business grabs to geo-political hegemony and government intrusions, plus technology, resource and media dominance -- why isn't this historic escalation on more political radars? What burgRead full post »

 

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Widespread retaliation was as predictable as mass on Sunday. Enter a Pope with blunt, populist messages about redistributing wealth, worse still, the stinging downsides of capitalism. Bingo, out prance the arch-conserRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2014 3:04PM

If Reason Dies, So Goes Civilization

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Is there an insoluble glue that sustains what we call civilization, without which everything disintegrates? Okay, beyond breathable air, climate dynamics, electricity or gravity. Ordained commandments by divisive religions or tribal cultures rRead full post »

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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 »