Monthly Archives: May 2018

Barry’s Blog # 242: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Seven of Seven

We can risk psychoanalyzing the mega-wealthy. Why not? After all, they know far more about us than we do of them. Why not return the favor, but adding a mythological perspective? I think that on one level they really do … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 241: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Six of Seven

The third archetype we need to discuss is that of the Apocalypse.  It is critical to this enquiry about rage in American life to remember that the myth of American innocence began to take form while Puritanism was still dominating … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 240: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Five of Seven

Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 239: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Four of Seven

At some level, we all really do know that the Hero must die so that an elder may be born. In some African tribes, adolescents were expected to demonstrate their sincerity by dancing at great length before the hut of … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 238: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Three of Seven

Once we acknowledge the broader historical, mythological, religious and racial contexts, then we can bring in issues such as the firearms industry, the police (who actually do a shockingly large percentage the killing on behalf of the state), the question … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 237: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part Two of Seven

How violent are we? The Gun Violence Archive keeps track of the astonishing numbers. The love of violence is so fundamental to the American psyche that we can easily trace it all the way back to the beginning. In 1636, a … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 236: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Part One of Seven

Who are the angry white males? Why are they so livid? Why do they seem so proudly, defiantly, cruelly angry? Sociologists tell us that the populations from which most reactionary activism arise are those who fear that they may be overtaken … Continue reading

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