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Barry’s Blog # 235: Normalizing Trump, Part Four of Four

Some very fine people on both sides. – D. Trump The Parkland, Florida shootings have kindled a long-awaited national movement for gun control. USA Today asked: “What has been so different from all the other mass shootings over the years?” That … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 234: Normalizing Trump, Part Three of Four

A Partial Timeline of Normalization I really did have the feeling that the sense of gravity, and how big the problems are — it was sinking in, washing over him…I think he wanted the public to know that he understood … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 233: Normalizing Trump, Part Two of Four

“What is this ‘white trash’?” asked the model. “They’re people just like me,” said Trump, “…only they’re poor.”  – Fire and Fury The Gridiron Club Dinner was a ritual of confirmation. It didn’t make Trump acceptable. Normalization was a process that … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 232: Normalizing Trump, Part One of Four

At some point I’m gonna be so presidential that you people will be so bored…I’ll come back as a presidential person, and instead of 10,000 people, I’ll have about 150 people. And they’ll say: ‘But, boy, he really looks presidential!’ … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 231: The Myth of Israeli Innocence, Part Two of Two

The crazy course of the 20th century produced a population of genocide survivors, the truly innocent victims of the Holocaust. In most cases these people could not return to their home countries. Many who attempted to do so suffered further … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 230: The Flag and the Hummer – How We Display Ourselves, Part Two of Two

Then came the Hummers (and improbably yet predictably, stretch limousines built out of Hummers), which finally won the status battle, being the largest, heaviest and most wasteful of all, with the bonus factor of having military associations. Indeed, the invasion … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 229: The Flag and the Hummer – How We Display Ourselves, Part One of Two

Can you remember what public life was like in those first days and weeks after the tragedy of 9/11/2001? You know, back before the beginning of the longest war in American history. I’m thinking of how expression of our reactions … Continue reading

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