Colleen Becker
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Colleen Becker is a Visiting Fellow at The Institute of Modern Languages Research (formerly IGRS) at the University of London, School of Advanced Study. She completed her PhD at Columbia University and holds a MA from New York University. Her scholarship primarily deals with the culture of the early German labor movement, the history of German nationalism, and theoretical issues concerning representation.

She has published both fiction and non-fiction, including academic articles, art reviews, and essays, and she has presented her work at venues such as Princeton University, the Tate Modern, and Foyles Bookshop. Most recently, her flash fiction was included in the curatorial project 'Translation Games' on-line and at King's College's Anatomy Theatre & Museum and the multimedia work 'Elemental Dialogues' exhibited at 10Days: Creative Collisions. Currently, she is collaborating with film maker Sean Solowiej on the mixed media piece 'Endless Loop.'

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Bankers Are Criminals? Yes, Says Conservative MP Steve Baker

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:42 AM

Q. What is your position on the criminalization of bankers in the wake of the global financial crisis?

A. Things which were crimes at the time should be prosecuted as such.

However, the most important systemic problem in relation to individuals is that people in the system do not...

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Welfare for the Rich

(19) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 11:01 AM

As campaigners redirect their attention from the general electorate to core voters, distinctions between the two parties are sharpening, with domestic policy at the forefront. Heated debate about the relationship of the individual to the state has hammered out two very different models, in part informed by "'demand-side' versus 'supply-side'"...

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Dr. Stein's "Political Medicine"

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 5:52 PM

"For us it is the Democrats that are the party of workers, of the poor, of the weak and the victimized," wrote Thomas Frank of liberals in his celebrated analysis of working-class conservatism. Critics on the left condemn the GOP as a pack of crony capitalists, out to...

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'Drop-In' Biofuels: The Best of All Possible Worlds?

(30) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:16 PM

It's the next big thing you've never heard of: environmentally friendly fuels so structurally similar to petroleum, they "drop in" to existing technology and infrastructure. Companies currently researching and developing this new generation of biofuels claim that their processes extract value from naturally occurring resources without wreaking environmental havoc. Their...

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No Work and No Play

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 5:16 PM

What should local authorities do when faced with youth unemployment, child obesity, increased gang activity, and rioting teens? Cut children's services!

As councils respond to the Coalition government's austerity agenda, a gamut of programs and facilities has come under the knife. These range from Sure Start Centres for under-fives...

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Long Shots

(4) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 11:22 AM

"Broke, sleep deprived, ignored by the press, and in the end snubbed by the voting public...underdog campaigns were typically about as fun as smallpox," is how author Robert Draper described the electoral long shot.

Yet, with every election, individuals with little or no chance of success willingly...

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Falling In and Out of Love

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 3:21 PM

Those Tea Party types are so promiscuous. Conservative Republicans have been spoilt for choice in the primary election cycle, with Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich all vying for their support. Bachmann founded the House of Representatives' Tea Party Caucus in 2010, and she was...

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The State of the Left

(15) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 2:54 PM

Reasons for participating in America's Occupy movements are as disparate as the individuals who gather at their various sites. The majority of participants consider themselves politically left of center, but they have not pledged their support en masse for any specific party. Some protesters raise objections to the very concept...

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Women's Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 7:51 AM

How inclusive is the Obama administration? Published just last month, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind's new book Confidence Men depicts the early years of the Obama administration as a testosterone-driven boys' club "hostile" to the women in its employ, with one adviser claiming she felt like a "piece of meat."...

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Small-Picture Thinking

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 4:19 PM

It's the little things that count. When President Obama unveils his jobs plan on Thursday, this will likely be the message underlying his key proposals. "Only the little things remain," might be a more appropriate slogan, since his debt ceiling negotiations left him with few options for stimulating the economy....

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D.I.Y. Justice

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:02 PM

When David Cameron rolled out his "Big Society" program, which transfers the roles, duties, and power of government organizations to communities, vigilante groups were not what he had in mind. He described the initiative as one that would empower volunteers to take over local institutions like museums and give ordinary...

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Tighten the Belt, not the Noose

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM

The American national debt is extravagant, so vast as to be almost unimaginable. Everyone agrees that something must give and at this point, Republicans and Democrats face two options: raising taxes or cutting public programs. The current impasse over the debt ceiling is due to the reluctance of representatives from...

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Extremely Republican or Republican Extremism?

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 9:49 AM

Observers of the American economic crisis might characterize Republicans' refusal to raise the nation's debt ceiling as mere brinkmanship orchestrated to undermine President Barack Obama's leadership. This same audience might dismiss Tea Party members as wing-nut extremists, with figureheads like Sarah Palin reducing its relevance to that of a circus...

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