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Finding Yourself in the New Tribalism

Neotribalism is a sociological term that describes the way many countries are splintering apart in response to a global society in which it is difficult to find our individual identities with so much coming at us to choose from in terms of lifestyle, values, and beliefs. Ancient ethnic and racial…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on March 22, 2017 at 5:28pm — No Comments

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 Presidency (that doesn’t seem so bizarre anymore).

In 2012, all the GOP could muster was the grinning idiot Romney. Still,…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 22, 2017 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Jamaica

The first night Ross Dionne and his wife spent with their host family in Jamaica, they were served chicken foot soup, he remembers with a laugh—probably on purpose so the family could see their reaction. Neither his wife nor he picked up that foot and “sucked off all the skin and meat like people do when they eat chicken foot soup” he recalls. Even though he never particularly…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on March 22, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments

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 it, with the total costs over $180 billion so far. …

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Added by Barry Spector on March 21, 2017 at 2:45pm — No Comments

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 by a new scramble for resources – such as the rare-earth minerals so crucial to producing cell phones – and by intensified…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 20, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 200: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Eleven

“Others”: Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Cuba, Korea and China:

It’s instructive to see how consistent Obama’s “regime change” strategies were with those of his predecessors, and how culpable he was in the destruction of nations. Evidently, the threat of Muslim terrorism was not enough on its own to justify the ongoing state of fear in America. The Deep State needed another external Other and it found it by rekindling the old enmity that had seemingly disappeared when the Soviet Union…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 18, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Guinea, West Africa

When the Ebola virus broke out in Guinea, West Africa, with Patient Zero, a 4-year-old boy who came down with the disease, Peace Corps volunteer Hilary Braseth was forced to return to the U.S. after three years of service.



Once she landed in the very fast-paced, high-tech San Francisco Bay Area, though, it was a rough transition. She didn’t believe she could find a place in U.S. society that would allow her the space or the breathing room to integrate the “very real changes that… Continue

Added by Bonnie Bright on March 18, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 199: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Ten

Further American Complicity in the Mid-East

After the Israelis, the Egyptian military have been the greatest recipients of American military generosity. In 2012 they responded to the Arab Spring uprisings with another brutal coup. Regardless, the Pentagon continued the aid.

Two years later, despite warnings from some officials that the U.S. could be implicated in war crimes, Obama sent massive weapon sales, intelligence and troops to the Saudi thugs for their…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 17, 2017 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 198: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Nine

Syria, Iraq and ISIS:

For several years the media have persisted in telling us that the U.S. “won” in Iraq because of the troop surge that Bush began in 2007 and Obama continued into 2011, when he announced a formal end to the occupation. However, this included maintaining 5,000 private security contractors and 16,000 State Department “civilian employees” there. Knowing their history of engaging in…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 16, 2017 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 197: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Eight

OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY

A reader posits: If presidents are so completely bound, can we really blame them for being complicit? Isn’t voicing soul and decency at least superior to abandoning it altogether? Or, as you say, is it better we face the monster unmasked, as we are doing now? These are precisely the inquiries that lead to the kind of soul work – for ourselves and our world – that I’m trying to provoke. And of course, struggling with them is more…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 15, 2017 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 196: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Seven

OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES

The first thing to understand about Obama is that he was Wall Street’s man from the beginning. He was, after all, the first candidate to turn down public campaign financing, because he didn’t need it. As I mentioned earlier, Goldman Sachs had been his largest campaign contributor in 2008, despite his criticism of “the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street”. He also took huge donations from the defense industry as well as the…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 14, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Depth Psychology and the Creative Arts: Theater, Therapy, Individuation

Lisa Schouw has had a long career in the arts, in singing, songwriting, theater, and as a teacher of those arts. She began her formal study as a depth psychotherapist later in life when she was nearly 50, after discovering Pacifica and pursuing her Master’s degree in the …

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Added by Bonnie Bright on March 10, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 195: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Six

Domestic Policies, Continued:

5 – The Environment

Obama quoted environmental writers such as Michael Pollan and visibly countered the lunatic Republican denial of global warming. obama-solar-panels.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart But soon it was clear that he was subtly supporting much of the agenda of the oil and petrochemical industries. In 2010 the administration began an ambitious antitrust initiative against Big Food but soon tabled the motion. “Whenever the Obamas seriously…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 9, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 194: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Five

OBAMA’S DOMESTIC POLICIES

The lesser evil always paves the way for the greater evil. – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

 1 – Immigration:  

Bill Clinton began the hysteria back in 1996, when he greatly expanded the number of crimes that could lead to forced removal from the US. By 2008, immigrant bashing had become an easy way for any president to deflect…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 8, 2017 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 193: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Four

In the years since my book was published I’ve written many blogs about Barack Obama. How could I not? He was anointed King for a while in this version of our national myth. In each essay I attempted to temper my expectations as well as my growing anger and grief, with a broader, mythological perspective and more questions than answers. What story are we in? What story calls to us? I invite interested readers to review them:

Blog # 9:…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 7, 2017 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 192: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Three

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain

I’ve listed four perspectives from which we grade Obama, beginning with the most idealistic (that is, our most idealistic – and innocent – projections) and moving toward what some might call more cynical, or realistic. Let’s continue.

Myth # 5 – No intentions whatsoever, except to survive.…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 6, 2017 at 9:42am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 191: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part Two

The King: One of his primary mythic roles is to inspire the inhabitants of the realm to greatness, to inhabit and embody their higher selves. And, after the madness and degradation of the Bush years, that’s exactly how so many imagined Obama in 2008. Many saw his potential to to organize a lasting grassroots movement. The numbers were certainly there, writes Micah…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 5, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 190: Stories We Tell Ourselves About Barack Obama, Part One

We can and should denounce Donald Trump. But until we address the systemic causes that gave rise to him, we are wasting much of our energy. As Glenn Greenwald writes: “Focusing on and attempting to counter the fundamental flaws of the Democratic Party is not a distraction…it is a central priority, a prerequisite for any kind of success.”  We have…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 4, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments


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At a time when issues with culture and conflict seem to be "up" for many of us, the time is right to…
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Added by Depth Alliance on March 3, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tonight in Dreamland: a New Play co-written by Award-Winning TV Writer Cheri SteinKellner & Visionary Jean Houston

The hit television series, Cheers, was a staple for many of us in the 1980s and early 90s. Sitting down in the front of the TV to catch a good laugh was sometimes the highlight of a busy week. Little did I know that decades later, I’d be having a conversation—about depth psychology—with on one of the…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on March 1, 2017 at 9:26pm — No Comments

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