Monthly Archives: September 2018

Barry’s Blog # 257: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part Six of Six

Coda: The Myth of Growth The goal of Survivor, now in its 37th season, is to manipulate and scheme against other participants until only one winner is left. Its longevity exemplifies the American dogma of unlimited economic growth, which teaches … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 256: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part Five of Six

The Paradox of the Outsider The redemption hero, like Christ, leaves once his work is done. He must leave; he came from somewhere else, and he must return. It should be clear by now how this mythology has had a … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 255: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part Four of Six

Myth is conveyed – and consumed – in narratives and images. So it is important to understand our most fundamental mythic image. The American obsession with individualism has been built up and buttressed by three centuries of stories, repeated in … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 254: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part Three of Six

American Dualities All societies confront the perennial conflict between individual and community. America’s emphasis on individualism and its puritanical shadow produced a bewildering series of dualities that express, temporarily resolve and often cover up this tension. Fear: For every story … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 253: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part Two of Six

Mobility Our sacred notion of mobility — the freedom to move — evokes one of our most enduring themes: the New Start. Always, one could pull up stakes, move on, start a new church, change one’s name, dream a new … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 252: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Part One of Six

An earlier version of this essay was published in 2013 as the introductory chapter in Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, published by the Praxis Peace Institute. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. – Ivan Boesky This is America. … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 251: False Equivalencies – How Media Gatekeepers Marginalize Alternative Voices, Part Eight of Ten

It’s not okay to be a grown adult in 2022 and believe we’re seeing an unprecedented wave of censorship because the European Union, Silicon Valley megacorporations and TV service providers want to protect everyone from “disinformation”. – Caitlin Johnstone  Belief … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 250: False Equivalencies – How Media Gatekeepers Marginalize Alternative Voices, Part Seven of Ten

Who Checks the Fact Checkers? I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.  – George H.W. Bush You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 249: False Equivalencies – How Media Gatekeepers Marginalize Alternative Voices, Part Six of Ten

Social Media We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist. – James Baldwin I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong. … Continue reading

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