Monthly Archives: January 2013

Barry’s Blog # 47: How — and Why — to Start a War

Considere some of the essential components of the myth of American Innocence: 1 – Our popular narratives of extreme violence, both real and fictional, are always justified by the need for a hero, an exceptional man who is willing to … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 46: Obama’s Tears

In this third blog inspired by the murdered children of Sandy Hook I want to look at the archetypal image of the King. The Archetypes: In their great book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Jungian … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 45: The Sandy Hook Murders, Innocence and Race in America

My last blog (“The Innocent American is the Violent American”) offered some ways into looking at the violence at the core of our history and mythology. I believe that we have to keep talkingabout these questions before the issues fade … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 44: The Innocent American is the Violent American

 “What might happen,” asks my friend Carolyn Baker, “if instead of talking about gun control and the war on terror, we spent the next 48 hours just GRIEVING. No shopping, no TV, no Internet. Instead, we come together in our … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 43: Looking at “Lincoln”

Not being a film critic, I can’t tell you why “Lincoln” is such a fine film. Many excellent and easily accessible reviews have appeared online. Most are more concerned with Steven Spielberg’s direction and the masterful acting of Daniel Day-Lewis … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 42: The Myth of Israeli Innocence

This essay is not really about politics; it’s about how politics reflects mythology. When 15th-Century European explorers “discovered” (a phrase used until only a few years ago) the “new world,” the power of myth enveloped their images of its indigenous … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 41: A Few Thoughts on the Petreus Affair

The corporate media (our mythic gatekeepers) have built up General Petreus’ celebrity/warrior status for over ten years. In fact, this man has never seen combat. He made it to Brigadier General solely on his managerial skills, as essentially a corporate … Continue reading

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