Monthly Archives: December 2017

Barry’s Blog # 224: The Hero Must Die, Part Four of Four

The Paradox of the Outsider The redemption hero, like the Christ, always comes from outside the community. And like the Christ, he leaves once his work is done. He must leave; redemption mythology requires that since he came from somewhere … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 223: The Hero Must Die, Part Three of Four

The Presidential Hero Enter George W. Bush the Cowboy, as he often did in public appearances. We saw him staged, the first President to appear this way (and each of his successors has retained this public style), typically striding out … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 222: The Hero Must Die, Part Two of Four

The Redemption Hero Joseph Campbell found his three-phase “monomyth” of the hero in almost all cultures; everywhere, that is, except in America. Why is this so? America lacks its own indigenous myths, except of course for the Native American myths … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 221: The Hero Must Die, Part One of Four

The American Hero In the 1950s the birth of the national security state coincided precisely with the peak of cinematic and television westerns, which have been America’s primary image to itself and the world. Westerns had been central to the … Continue reading

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