Barry Spector's Blog – February 2015 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 125: American Witch-Hunt, Part Three of Five

Keep watching the Sky. Stay vigilant against another attack. – The War of the Worlds, 1953

Nineteenth century scholars saw hysteria in accounts of Dionysian cults rather than recognizing the god behind hysterical behavior.

In the 1930s, Life Magazine published articles such as “The Trojan Horse Policy of Communism in America” and “If the Communists Seized America.”

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Hollywood helped demonize communists with Ninotchka, Comrade…

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Added by Barry Spector on February 26, 2015 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 123: American Witch-Hunt, Part One of Five

…divide us those in darkness from the ones who walk in light… – Kurt Weill

The ideal American personality is the rugged, individualistic, heroic, figure of extreme masculinity; the self-reliant, “self-made man” who takes charge, defeats evil, saves the endangered maiden and redeems the innocent community. He is the winner in the deep-stakes competition. Henry Kissinger describes him:

This cowboy doesn’t have to be courageous. All he needs…

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Added by Barry Spector on February 23, 2015 at 5:12pm — 7 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 122: Driving Dixie Down, Part Two of Two

Here is the third Verse of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down:

Like my father before me I will work the land

Like my brother above me who took a rebel stand

He was just 18, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave

I swear by the mud below my feet, you can’t raise a Caine back up when he’s in defeat.

The ambiguity of the earlier stanzas continues: many people have heard the first line of this verse as “Like…

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Added by Barry Spector on February 1, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

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