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Barry’s Blog # 368: Deconstructing a Gatekeeper, Part Three of Three

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. – Noam Chomsky That’s a provocative quote, and it has serious implications. Is Chomsky being literal? If we take it at face value – culpability … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 367: We Contain Multitudes, Part Three of Three

The Curious Case of Lee Atwater Perception is reality – Lee Atwater Born in South Carolina in 1951, Atwater was one of the most complicated and influential personalities of the 20th century. He redefined the role of the reactionary political … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 366: We Contain Multitudes, Part Two of Three

We Are Multiple The ultimate cliché: no one’s perfect. We have a culture of celebrity because our modern, literalistic religious imagination will not enable us to access the old Pagan deities, who in their particular ways were perfect. Now, we … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 365: We Contain Multitudes, Part One of Three

Part One: Racist White Blues Cats Do I contradict myself?Very well then, I contradict myself,(I am large, I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman I’m a lifelong fan of African American music, especially Blues, and I’ve written about the subject extensively … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 364: Odyssey in Southeastern Mexico, 1989

¡Bienvenudo al Mundo Tercero! Driving south from Texas in a huge SUV with my friend Michael who is on his way to do anthropology field work in Belize. Me, I’m simply escaping an unbearable emotional crisis at home, the breakdown … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 363: Creative Etymology for a World Gone Mad, Part Three of Three

How powerful are the words we use? How have they influenced the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves? To really understand, we need to know how Christianity arose. Only monotheistic thinking, with its simplistic dualisms, sees difference as a threat … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 362: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Three

Conclusion with Three Questions First Question: Why was Joe Biden nominated? Long before the primaries it was clear that Biden had no charisma, no base of voters, and no chance of beating Trumpus. But as I argued throughout this essay, … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 361: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Two

Welcome to 2021, or 2020.2 Be there, be wild! – Trumpus I beat the socialist! – Joe Biden This election will not be over until the Bidens move into the White House. Prior to that event, with its possibility of … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 360: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-One

Part Twenty-One: 2021 Ah yes, America. The country where Republicans spend all day screaming that socialism is happening and Democrats spend all day making sure it never does. – Caitlin Johnstone The eternal mystery of Trumpus. Of course, he’s a gross … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 359: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty

Winter Solstice I’m very, very concerned that if you solicit votes from typically non-voters, that you will affect and change the outcome. – United States Senator Rand Paul, 12/17 Republican Corruption: Timothy Noah asks: “How can you tell that the … Continue reading

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