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Dear Friends:Leona Tockey, a dear friend who died last summer close to her 90th birthday, was a remarkable woman. She had a successful career as a psychotherapist specializing in sexual abuse issues,…Continue

The two Greta Myths of the Twentieth Century

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Apr 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Where were you (or your parents) on October 12th, 1944? If you were a teenage girl in the New York City area, you might have been in or outside the Paramount Theater, where some thirty to thirty-five…Continue


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Rumi's Caravan Returns to Oakland at Unitarian Church

July 14, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
July 14th:Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00)   Recitation of World Poetrywith Doug Von Koss, Barry and Maya Spector, Larry Robinson, Kay Crista and others,and musicians Christine Tulis and Suellen Primost and Sufi dancer Chelsea Rose TICKETS: $15.00/Advance, $30.00 at the door A Poetic Conversation: For seventeen years Rumi’s…See More
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Barry's Blog # 42: The Myth of Israeli Innocence

The Myth of Israeli InnocencePart OneThere is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population – Moshe DayanThis essay is not really about politics; it’s about how politics reflects mythology, and together they create history.When 15th-Century European explorers “discovered” (a phrase used until only a few years ago) the “new world,” the power of myth…See More
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28th Annual Redwood Men’s Center Men’s Conference at Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino County, Northern CA.

May 25, 2018 at 6pm to May 28, 2018 at 12pm
Walls everywhere. In 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, there were fifteen border walls in the world. Now seventy walls divide rich countries from poor ones, major polluters from the victims of deep ecological crises. At America’s southern border. Palestine. Korea. Northern Ireland. Gated communities with security patrols. San Quentin. Auschwitz. Wall Street.Often, we believe we know who we are because we know who we are not – the marginalized “others” of the world. We maintain these divisions…See More
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The Civil Rights Movement in American Myth

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT In AMERICAN MYTH Part One: The Mythological and Psychological Background Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…  - Billy Holiday From the perspective of those who have been forced to bear the projection of American Dionysus, the subtext of almost all of our domestic issues and most of our foreign policy is America’s original sin, its fatal…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 44: The Innocent American is the Violent American

by “What might happen,” asks my friend Carolyn Baker, “if instead of talking about gun control and the war on terror, we spent the next 48 hours just GRIEVING. No shopping, no…See More
Dec 30, 2017
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Barry’s Blog # 224: The Hero Must Die, Part Four of Four

PART FOUR – THE PARADOX OF THE OUTSIDERThe redemption hero, like the Christ, always comes from outside the community. And like the Christ, he leaves once his work is done. He must leave; redemption mythology requires that since he came from somewhere else, he must return. But this leads to a paradox. The innocent community defines itself by what it is not – the external Other of terrorism, and the internal Other of race. We know who we are because we are not them, the others. The Other is the…See More
Dec 18, 2017
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Barry’s Blog # 223: The Hero Must Die, Part Three of Four

PART THREE – THE PRESIDENTIAL HEROEnter George W. Bush the Cowboy, as he often did in public appearances. We saw him staged, the first President to appear this way (and each of his successors has retained this public style), typically striding out onto a great stage,with a crowd of supporters or soldiers sitting behind him. A huge American flag or patriotic motto typically loomed above them, completing the scene that had been carefully composed for…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 222: The Hero Must Die, Part Two of Four

PART TWO – THE REDEMPTION HEROJoseph Campbell found his three-phase “monomyth” of the hero in almost all cultures; everywhere, that is, except in America. Why is this so? America lacks its own indigenous myths, except of course for the Native American myths that were actually nurtured by this land. But European conquerors and settlers, long alienated from their own indigenous roots, brought only the stories of Puritanism, materialism, progress, chosen people and hatred of the “Other” with them.…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 221: The Hero Must Die, Part One of Four

PART ONE – THE AMERICAN HEROIn the 1950s the birth of the national security state coincided precisely with the peak of cinematic and television westerns, which have been America’s primary image to itself and the world. Westerns had been central to the movies from the beginning. In 1910, they comprised more than 20% of American movies, and the trend continued well into the second half of the century. As late as 1959, westerns comprised a quarter of all prime-time network hours.Who is the western…See More
Dec 13, 2017
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Barry’s Blog # 220: Redeeming the World

Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions. ― T.S. EliotHell is paved with good intentions. ― Samuel JohnsonWe’re on a mission from God. – The Blues BrothersMy wife and I spent some time in Austria and the Czech Republic last summer. It was a delightful vacation, with great food and art and fabulous scenery. Still, as Jews, we both had the odd sensation (in Austria) of seeing those blond, Aryan faces and hearing German spoken all day. Although we knew very well that…See More
Nov 29, 2017
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Barry’s Blog # 219: Thank You For Your Service

I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. – General Smedley ButlerI laughed to myself… “Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses.” – Admiral James Stockdale, on the Gulf of Tonkin incident          I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are. – George H.W. BushWe are grateful to the Washington…See More
Nov 11, 2017
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Day of the Dead Grief Ritual at Berkeley area

November 4, 2017 all day
Barry and Maya Spector and Friendsinvite you to our 20th annual Day of the Dead Grief RitualSaturday, November 4th, 9:00-6:00Hillside Church, El Cerrito, CA. Whether or not we have recently lost loved ones, we all carry a heavy load of grief and stress simply by living in these times. If we can’t find ways to drop the weight of this emotional burden, we can become hopeless, bitter or numb. Letting it go makes room for a new kind of imagination to enter. But releasing these emotions requires a…See More
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Barry’s Blog # 241-242: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Parts 6 and 7

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:02pm 0 Comments

The third archetype we need to discuss is that of the Apocalypse. 

It is critical to this enquiry about rage in American life to remember that the myth of American innocence began to take form while Puritanism was still dominating all intellectual discourse and most politics in both Britain and North America. Then, the idea of “America” – and along with it, the…


Barry’s Blog # 239-240: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Parts 4 and 5

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

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Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand…Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different. – F. Scott…


Barry’s Blog # 236-238: The Mythic Sources of White Rage, Parts 1,2 and 3 of 7

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

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Who are the angry white males?

Sociologists tell us that the populations from which most reactionary activism arises are those who think they may be overtaken economically by groups below them in social class. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan have always been comprised mainly of lower-middle class men, not the poor. Similarly, most anti-abortion activists have been baby boomers who make less money than their parents.

But economics…


Barry's Blog: Normalizing Trump, Part Four

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 3:27pm 0 Comments

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At 8:17pm on August 21, 2012, Mark Winborn said…

Hi Barry -

Will do.  And send yours to

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At 2:53pm on August 6, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Barry. I'd like to add my welcome to Ed's and thank you for sending the links and articles for your work by email. You've done some wonderful things in your career and it's great you've found the Alliance. My main goal in founding this community is to help get depth psych out into the world and you have a both a wealth of information to share and willingness to share it. I am truly glad to meet anyone so in tune with a calling!

I hope you'll find this a place to deeply connect with likeminded others and that you will actively engage whenever you can find the time. I find it truly wonderful to be involved in this dynamic and growing community--especially since it allows us to connect from all over the globe in a way we otherwise could not.

I'll get those links up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, it looks like you're already off and running, but I'll  send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site, and I look forward to seeing you around. ~Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 6:32am on August 4, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Barry,

Glad you have found the Alliance and have decided to join. Your new book sounds intriguing and it will be on my shelf soon. These is an author's group where this information about your book can be posted as well. As an American, I lost my innocence about the nation during the Vietnam War era. Still lament its passing from time to time.



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