Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes. Everybody knows.
– Leonard Cohen
“In a dark time, the eye begins to see,” wrote Theodore Roethke. Now we move from vote stripping (profoundly unethical, but…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 30, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
“Stripping and Flipping” — Voter Suppression and Computer Fraud
The Democrats were defeated because of their own insolent incompetence, because of our antiquated electoral college system and because race is still the dominant factor in American life. That said, Clinton won more than the popular vote, and by over two million. She almost certainly won the Electoral College as well.
To go deeper, we have to get apocalyptic (to lift the veil from…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 26, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
It Can’t Happen Here
In pursuing what led to the Trump “victory” – yes, I’m putting that in quotes – we’re beginning to observe an ongoing conflict between two themes: Lesser of two evils vs Cognitive Dissonance. As for the first, it’s clear by now, with two astoundingly unpopular major candidates, that literally millions of people on both sides held their noses and chose the least unfavorable, the one whose promises…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 24, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Race and Religion; Race and Social Class
Meanwhile, four out of five white evangelicals, a quarter of the electorate, some thirty million people, voted for Trump – despite his serial adultery, his casinos, his shady deals, his narcissistic tantrums, his reality-TV clowning, his wife’s soft-porn photos, his palpable insincerity, his profoundly uncharitable threats and accusations, his obnoxious vulgarity, his…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 21, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Thanks to Alliance member Tim Holmes, co-host of the symposium, for providing this summary.
Co-directed by Merlin CCC (in conjunction with Dr. Barry Ferst, Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, and Tim Holmes, internationally-renowned artist) and hosted by Carroll College, “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable…Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 21, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Paralysis strikes. People feel paralyzed by problems. Relationships become stuck. Dreams become those of being paralyzed, unable to move, unable to wake up. Paralysis is real in life and in dreams. It often strikes when we least expect. It's the voice of the unconscious mind trying to get through to us.
Jung wrote, "The fight against the paralysing grip of the unconscious calls forth man's creative powers. That is the source of all creativity, but it needs heroic courage to do battle…Continue
Added by Paul DeBlassie III on November 17, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
Groping is a healthy thing to do. When you’re heterosexual, you grope, okay? – Female Trump supporter.
Race and Gender
I predicted during the Democratic primaries that
…Clinton will almost certainly win the nomination because she swept these states – none of which the Democrats have the slightest hope of…
Added by Barry Spector on November 16, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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 he win? or How could she lose? – because she didn’t (see below). The real question should be: Why didn’t she beat this immensely unpopular bufoon by thirty points? Why was the election – even in Red states – so…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is a professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and co- founder of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program.
Mary has generously provided…Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 13, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Three of four Americans profess at least one paranormal belief, studies show, including a belief in ghosts, witches, or other magical entities.¹ There is a particular genre of folklore narratives called mythological legends, I recently learned, which are stories relayed as real experiences by real people, and which always involve paranormal…Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 13, 2016 at 12:11pm — No Comments
For over twenty years, I have been listening to life stories of many incredible people. It is part of my job. Many people might think I am listening to their problems, but I hear stories. People who come to me are brave storytellers. It is a privilege to hear a personal mythology that has never been shared before. There are times when someone’s story is a mixture of broken pieces of tragedies and losses. No…Continue
Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"The underlying tension of the individual's relation to culture... is a fundamental conflict of psychic life, a catalyst for development from infancy to old age. If the individual cannot discern him/herself apart from these impersonal forces, he/she is unconsciously carried along by them, and this herding effect only magnifies the dangerous potential of mass movements. All unconscious conflicts have a dual nature: subjective and objective, personal and social, creative and destructive.…Continue
Added by Evan Hanks on November 10, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments
Despite my desire for zen-like calm, I've been affected by the deeply unpleasant US election and negative, hard-to-believe-this-is-the-US, stories in the news media. Sometimes I feel afraid…of nuclear war, climate change, and violence that I can't control. I worry about “what could happen.” And in…Continue