The Silver Jews are a musical act of the
rock and roll indie rock variety. You can listen to their music by clicking here.
Richard Berman is a scumbag.
His lobbying firm, Berman and Company, monthly invents a new astroturf organization to undermine the efforts of watchdog groups. Berman spends millions of dollars to mislead the public about the minimum wage, the dangers of smoking, obesity, mad cow disease, drunk driving, and other serious issues. Berman runs at least 15 organizations that have no actual membership, but are flush with corporate cash.
Not content to merely marginalize workers, promote unsafe food, and trick young people into crippling debt, Berman is now actively dismembering obscure bands. Attacks on the working class are one thing, but I promise you that Berman's assault on the hipsters of America will not go unpunished.
Silver Jews frontman David Berman is Richard Berman's son. David Berman has announced, on his label's message board, that he is ending the band in order to undo the evil of his father.
Well... he didn't promise to undo ALL the evil, but he clearly has some difficulties with his father's vocation.
Wonkette describes the episode as "the beltway story of Oedipus."
Berman's description of his father is a follows:
My father is a despicable man. My father is a sort of human molestor.
An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historical $^@#&*%$ing son of a &!&@#. (sorry grandma)
You can read about him here.
My life is so wierd. It's allegorical to the nth. My father went to college at Transylvania University.
You see what I'm saying.
A couple of years ago I demanded he stop his work. Close down his company or I would sever our relationship.
He refused. He has just gotten worse. More evil. More powerful. We've been "estranged" for over three years.
Even as a child I disliked him. We were opposites. I wanted to read. He wanted to play games.
He is a union buster.
When I got out of college I joined the Teamsters (the guards were union organized at the Whitney).
I went off to hide in art and academia.
I fled through this art portal for twenty years. In the mean time my Dad started a company called Berman and Company.
He props up fast food/soda/factory farming/childhood obesity and diabetes/drunk driving/secondhand smoke.
He attacks animal lovers, ecologists, civil action attorneys, scientists, dieticians, doctors, teachers.
His clients include everyone from the makers of Agent Orange to the Tanning Salon Owners of America.
He helped ensure the minimum wage did not move a penny from 1997-2007!
The worst part for me as a writer is what he does with the english language.
Though vicious he is a doltish thinker and his spurious editorials rely on doublethink and always with the Lashon Hara.