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Barry’s Blog # 207: The Dionysian Moment. Trumps Lets the Dogs Out, Part Two

“Free Speech”, Provocations and Threats: – Within 24 hours of Trump’s victory, there was a burst of “celebratory” incidents. “We actually counted 1,094 different hate crimes and lesser bias incidents in just the first 34 days after the election,” said … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 206: The Dionysian Moment. Trump Lets the Dogs Out, Part One

…Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war; That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial. – Shakespeare, Julius Caesar   So if you … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 205: Funny Guys, Fake News and Gatekeepers

I’m just a comedian. – Jon Stewart This is a revised and updated version of a blog I posted in early 2013. I enjoyed watching Jon Stewart preaching to the choir as much as anyone. However, I never expected any authentic, radical … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 204: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Fifteen

Myth # 7: The Unwitting Savior I have to ask: when did calm, rational discussion ever do us any good? I agree with Michael Meade, who says that anything worth saying is worth exaggerating. I agree with David Whyte, who … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 203: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Fourteen

Obama’s Legacy: Obama arrived in the White House promising a new era of democracy and positive change for the common man. In 2008, the Republicans were deeply unpopular, and Sarah Freaking Palin could have been a heartbeat away from the … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 202: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Thirteen

“Missile Defense” Do you remember Reagan’s spaced-based “Strategic Defense Initiative”, known derisively as “Star Wars”? It was never built because it was costly, provocative and consistently unreliable. Since then, however, each successive administration has continued to lavish vast resources on … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 201: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Twelve

Sub-Saharan Africa: American troops swarmed over the continent during the Obama years, allegedly to fight terrorism. They were also there to prop up friendly regimes with horrific human rights records, such as Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda. And they were driven … Continue reading

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