Larry Beck

Larry Beck is a lifelong leftist and activist. He has practiced criminal law as both a prosecutor and defender. For much of the last 15 years, he has been an international consultant working in the developing world on criminal law reform, governance and judicial reform issues. Beck has traveled to over 80 countries, worked in over 25 and lived abroad for extended periods. He was a Peace Corp volunteer in Costa Rica in the early 1980s.

Testing America’s National Character

Feb 05, 2020

I hope that Americans who want to believe in the promise of their nation have paid attention to the presidential impeachment trial. I hope that those in the international community still clinging to the hope that America will finally live up to its promise have paid attention to the presidential...

The American Quest to Kill

Jan 14, 2020

It always seems to work here in America, no matter how many times it shouldn’t work and no matter how many times the only real outcome is more dead bodies. So, this time it was Trump’s turn. Run up the flag, kick off an armed conflict, send off the troops, wipe...

Is 2020 the Year for America?

Jan 02, 2020

The year 2019 has ended. Traditions abound to celebrate the coming of a new year, and this time around a new decade. There seems to be some notion that celebrating the coming year will wash away all of the detritus of the year just ended and provide a clean slate for the...

What Americans Need in 2020

Dec 10, 2019

Watching the exposure of the ugly underbelly of the American “dream” on full display in the impeachment hearings has been reaffirming for those of us in the body politic who have long thought that self-delusion, rather than freedom and democracy, is the currency of the land. Meanwhile, watching ignorant politicians serving...

When Trump Calls World Leaders

Nov 13, 2019

The Washington Nationals won the World Series, suggesting that anything is possible. More importantly, the Nationals’ unlikely path to victory showed that if you have a cohesive team that pushes through the rough spots together, that has some stud players who lead by example, and that plays really well when the...

Facts Speak Louder Than Words

Oct 18, 2019

The impeachment narrative is going well at the moment. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are making daily headlines about both substance and process. They throw in a few Ukraine facts and witnesses that support the narrative and move on to the next process issue, resisted every step of the way...

Is It Time for Trump to Go?

Oct 01, 2019

With only 24 hours in a day and so many people out to get him, Trump is so busy trying to slay his foes that even his faux friends can’t keep up with the effort. Never has this been more apparent than in the present Trump abuse of power scandal. This...

America Is Awash in a Sea of Hypocrisy

Sep 10, 2019

Cradled in the midst of all that is wrong with Trump and his silent and venal Republican accomplices is more hypocrisy than one article could ever capture. But I am going to try. To hit the ground running, racism is a good place to start.  I haven’t found anyone who claims to...

A Corrupt Enterprise Won the Day

Aug 14, 2019

When a government fails to meaningfully respond to the carnage in its streets, every citizen should question the competence and corruption of those charged with the governmental responsibility to act, as well as the legitimacy of the government itself. So it is, in the wake of the latest gun atrocities to...

Democrats Remain Adrift Without a Vision or a Leader

Jul 25, 2019

Trying to make sense of the US presidential election that is still well over a year away is a challenging task. So much makes no sense at all. The easiest example of this is trying to figure out why undereducated and underpaid rural white Americans flock to Trump, an overeducated yet ignorant pompous...

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