Monthly Archives: January 2013

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

Consider 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 talking about these questions before the issues … 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 # 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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Barry’s Blog # 40: The Ritual of the Presidential Debates

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Barry’s Blog # 39: An Indigenous Perspective on the Welfare State

What will you be thinking next time you hear politicians debate the question of government’s responsibility to provide for the poor? Actually, you probably won’t hear such a debate, because both Obama and Romney (in 2012) and both Clinton and … Continue reading

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Barrys Blog # 38: Obama and the Myth of Innocence

I acknowledge that I might get some flack for this piece. OK – I hope to get some flack, to stimulate some real thinking – some mythological thinking on the issue of the Presidential election. Our first responsibility as mythological thinkers is to … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 37: Well, Don’t You Know?

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