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

Barry’s Blog # 129: White Privilege

I often refer to the question of privilege in the pages, so I thought it would be helpful to spell it out. Of all that I have written, this is the one essay I would encourage you to print out and discuss with your friends.

Privilege is utterly invisible to most whites and perfectly, constantly, daily, painfully obvious to almost all minorities. It provides whites with a place in the social hierarchy, a belief in upward mobility and a sense of identity – they can know…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 23, 2015 at 12:20pm — 12 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 128: American Witch-Hunt, Part Six of Six

When they want you to buy something they will call you.

When they want you to die for profit they will let you know.

— Wendell Berry

I don’t really care what you believe about the causes of the 9-11 attacks; or about who killed the Kennedys and Martin Luther King; or whether the elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen; or whether Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussain, male daycare teachers, Latino gardeners or Muslims were threats to your children; or…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 10, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 127: American Witch-Hunt, Part Five of Six

If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency…you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” because…your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ – former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes

In the era of constant electronic media, Ronald Reagan mastered a new technique, the intermittent…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 3, 2015 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 126: American Witch-Hunt, Part Four

Be Afraid…be very afraid… – The Fly, 1986

The major media casually dismiss “conspiracy theories.” Indeed, the phrase itself clearly demarcates the range of acceptable discourse; it is a verbal symbol of the walls of the polis. But we must at least acknowledge the sheer numbers of questionable political events that have occurred in the past sixty years: multiple political assassinations; Operations “Paper Clip” and “Northwoods” (google them if you must); mind control…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 2, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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