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Barry’s Blog # 275: Well, Don’t You Know? Part Two

In times like this I think of Sam Cooke’s great 1960 recording of “Chain Gang.”  I am always overwhelmed with deep feelings. Then I notice a whole train of associations. First, the singer himself: possibly the sweetest, most soulful voice … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 274: Well, Don’t You Know? Part One

June 2019. Netflix releases When They See Us, Ava DuVerney’s superb miniseries on the Central Park Five case. In the first two weeks of the month, the seventh African-American transgender woman is murdered this year. Another, Layleen Polanco, is found … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 273: The Myth of the Good War, Part Four of Four

A wonderful time – the War: When money rolled in and blood rolled out. But blood was far away from here – Money was near.        – Langston Hughes There is no doubt that America really did confront … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 272: The Myth of the Good War, Part Three of Four

The chicken or the egg? Which comes first, history or myth? Joseph Campbell taught that a living myth refers past itself to the ineffable, serving four distinct functions. First of all, the mystical function introduces the individual to that which … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 271: The Myth of the Good War, Part Two of Four

America is the exceptional nation, chosen by Divine Providence to defend freedom and redeem the entire world. To those outside our mythic bubble, however, this is a story that we regularly tell ourselves about ourselves in order to convince ourselves … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 270: The Myth of the Good War, Part One of Four

I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 10/30/1940 In spite of the risk involved, however, in … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 269: The Singing Policeman, Part Two of Two

So of course, the right-wing response to the images of Colin Kaepernick and other (mostly Black) players taking a knee during the playing of the anthem is racist to the core, especially in a sport many call a plantation of … Continue reading

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