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Robert S. Becker

Robert S. Becker
For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.


The spy and the nerve agent: The new Cold War heats up in the...

In a horrifying case of life imitating lowbrow art, it seems likely there will be many twists and turns to the story, even if an actual ending in which all is revealed seems unlikely.

Close call in Illinois’ third district should be a wake up call to Democrats

Newman’s insurgent campaign should be a wake up call to both centrist and right-leaning Democrats.

Donald Trump’s America

"It's a hell that remains largely private at the moment, but for how long?"

Arthur Jones, Holocaust denier, wins Republican nomination in Illinois primary in predominantly Democratic district

Arthur Jones, former leader of the America Nazi Party, won the Republican nomination for a seat in Congress, but in a predominantly Democratic district, the chance of Jones winning is far fetched.

Beyond the illusion of human rights

As precious as they are, “rights” can no longer protect us against the environmental, political, and economic degradation engendered by today’s global system.