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Barry’s Blog # 179: Trump: Madness, Machines, Migrations and Mythology, Part One of Eleven

The Election of 2016 The stunned question echoes among liberals: How could this have happened? How could this racist scumbag become president? Wasn’t it finally time for a woman? I’m going to propose some other questions. Forget about How could … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 336: American Exceptionalism, Part Three of Six

America remains the indispensable nation…there are times when America, and only America, can make a difference between war and peace, between freedom and repression. – Bill Clinton I laughed to myself…”Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses.” … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 323: All Shook Up, the American Dionysus, Part Four of Seven

Despite the anxiety of the nuclear age, peacetime unleashed a torrent of energy and domestic production. Large-scale government programs such as the G.I. Bill lifted millions out of poverty and into the suburbs. Yet something was missing. Television hinted at … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 318: Affirmative Action for Whites, Part Four of Four

There goes the neighborhood – Old joke (or not). The 1960s and 1970s: Three-fourths of the one million persons displaced from their homes by the Interstate Highway Program were black. A fifth of all African American housing in the nation was destroyed … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 297: We Like to Watch: Being There with Trump, Part Six of Seven

When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I always get even…Sorry, losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 267: The Ritual of the Presidential Debates, Part Three of Three

The cumulative, intended effect of the ritual is to revive our belief in the good intentions of our entire political class, and of our own innocence. Just as they ensure that we won’t be disturbed by outliers, they assure us … 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 # 247: False Equivalencies, Part Four of Eight

Trump’s bellowing about fake news implies that the media lies about him and his policies. Well, of course they offer very selective versions of the news all the time. Newspapers have always been partisan, often quite openly. Only two or … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 246: False Equivalencies, Part Three of Eight

Gatekeepers, whether academics or media puppets, delight in the power to subtly determine boundaries, to let everyone know exactly who is “beyond the pale.” The word “pale” refers to the pointed wooden poles that once were used in fortifications. Think … Continue reading

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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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