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.

America Lurches Toward Its Checkered Past

September 30, 2021

If you live in Texas, are unemployed and own a handgun, you are in luck. The Texas Republican governor, his stooges and the Texas Republican-controlled legislature have stepped up to the plate for you. On September 1, Texans were gifted with a new law essentially banning abortions in the state,...

Remembering What to Remember in America

September 02, 2021

As America approaches the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster, there are still terrorists hanging out in many of the world’s shadowy recesses, some of whom are probably hoping for another opportunity to bring down another shrine to capitalism somewhere in the American homeland. Even with this continuing threat still...

Congress Adjourns While the Nation Burns

August 18, 2021

While the fate of many in Afghanistan hangs in the balance, at least Americans at home can breathe a sigh of relief. Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate are on vacation for weeks to come. Citizens of the nation’s capital can recapture their identity from the out-of-town...

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

August 03, 2021

A little over a month ago, those who were fully COVID-19 vaccinated in America were feeling pretty good about themselves and their prospects for a summer of wining, dining and a bit of travel. The kiddies, even though unvaccinated, could for some unexplained reason do camp, amusement parks and movies...

Confronting America’s Drive to Collective Amnesia

July 19, 2021

It seems that there is a deep pent-up desire in America to avoid meaningful change at all cost. It is hard enough to confront issues honestly and forthrightly in the best of times. But it is nearly impossible to do so in an environment that prizes consensus over responsibility. The...

Squandered Resolve Puts Transformation at Risk in America

June 30, 2021

Now that the internationalists and their kindred neoconservatives have had their moment in the sun and reestablished America’s “greatness” on the world stage, it is time to get back to the domestic challenge of trying to bring the reality of America into closer proximity to President Joe Biden’s international version...

Can Joe Biden Convince America?

May 10, 2021

It has become so hard to be hopeful about America. Disappointment awaits around every corner and under every rock. Yet, there he is, Joe Biden, president of the United States of America, telling the nation that we can be so much better than we are and then having the guts...

America’s Moment of Reckoning on the Path to Justice

April 22, 2021

“Justice” and “accountability” are often used interchangeably in public discourse these days, whether in the immediate context of the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, or in the broader context of racial justice and social justice. It would advance both discussions to distinguish between the two concepts....

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

April 05, 2021

It is hard to figure out why it seems so difficult to be a white guy in today’s America, even though I am a white guy and should be able to figure it out. The problem seems to be that there are just too many people in America who are...

The Privileged Path in America

March 17, 2021

It is hard to figure out how anything as important as access to COVID-19 vaccines could be left to chance and uncertainty. Welcome to America’s vaccine rollout, where privilege only works some of the time. And some of the privileged just can’t seem to get it to work for them...

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