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Barry’s Blog # 364: Odyssey in Southeastern Mexico, 1989

¡Bienvenudo al Mundo Tercero! Driving south from Texas in a huge SUV with my friend Michael who is on his way to do anthropology field work in Belize. Me, I’m simply escaping an unbearable emotional crisis at home, the breakdown of my marriage and all I had ever thought of as normal. All is illusion, Maya.

We have great conversations as I grieve inwardly – Jazz on the tape deck – tiny, thatched huts – transition from desert to semi-tropics,…

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Added by Barry Spector on March 3, 2021 at 11:35am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 363: Creative Etymology for a World Gone Mad, Part Three of Three

How powerful are the words we use? How have they influenced the narratives we tell ourselves about ourselves? To really understand, we need to know how Christianity arose.

Only monotheistic thinking, with its simplistic dualisms, sees difference as a threat to be eliminated; whatever isn’t aligned with our god must necessarily follow his opposite. Here is a clue: if your people consider their story to be literally true and other people’s stories are…

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Added by Barry Spector on February 19, 2021 at 11:39am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 362: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Three

Conclusion with Three Questions

First Question: Why was Joe Biden nominated?

Long before the primaries it was clear that Biden had no charisma, no base of voters, and no chance of beating Trumpus. But as I argued throughout this essay, the corporate Democrats feared their own left wing (even as the public favored it) more than it feared any Republicans. It feared the insurance companies more than the 69% of the public who supported Medicare For…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 22, 2021 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 361: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-Two

Welcome to 2021, or 2020.2

Be there, be wild! – Trumpus

I beat the socialist! – Joe Biden

This election will not be over until the Bidens move into the White House. Prior to that event, with its possibility of bringing some degree of calm, two main events occurred. The first showed us who we might be, while the second reminded us of who we…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 10, 2021 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 360: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty-One

Part Twenty-One: 2021

Ah yes, America. The country where Republicans spend all day screaming that socialism is happening and Democrats spend all day making sure it never does. – Caitlin Johnstone

The eternal mystery of Trumpus. Of course, he’s a gross misogynist, a sadist and a racist who appears to hunger for opportunities…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 2, 2021 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 359: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twenty

https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/barrys-blog-359-a-mythologist-looks-at-the-2020-election-part-twenty/

Winter Solstice

I’m very, very concerned that if you solicit votes from typically non-voters, that you will affect and change the outcome. – United…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 22, 2020 at 9:57am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 358: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Nineteen

https://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/barrys-blog-358-a-mythologist-looks-at-the-2020-election-part-nineteen/

Mid-December

Some people take, some people get took, and they know they’re getting took, and there’s nothing they can do about it. – Shirley MacLaine,…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 17, 2020 at 11:24am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 357: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Eighteen

December 8th

Republican corruption: There are still a few days until the Electoral College meets. We itch with uneasiness as we watch Trumpus flailing about in his tragicomic, slow motion coup, and there are some forty days of non-specific crazy left until the inauguration. Many Repub diehards, such as those on the bipartisan House and Senate Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 10, 2020 at 11:13am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 356: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Seventeen

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people – H. L. Menken

As freedom grows, the need to coerce and control opinion also grows if you want to prevent the great beast from doing something with its freedom. – Noam Chomsky

Public Education

Tens of millions of us are really dumb – or to be generous, profoundly misinformed –…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 28, 2020 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 355: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Sixteen

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

Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government…You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive…my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism. – Tommy…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 26, 2020 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 354: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Fifteen

How Many Elephants can fit into this Living Room?

Democratic Corruption: I don’t follow each section on Repub corruption with one on Dem corruption (or incompetence) to provide balance. I’ve had plenty to say about how the media constantly engage in false equivalencies. I do it to continue my chronicle of…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 17, 2020 at 11:58am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 353: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Fourteen

America will have a Presidential President again in Joe Biden. – The New Yorker

How does that phrase land on your soul? Are you cheering the downfall of the fascist Trumpus (as I certainly am) and a step back from the precipice of irreversible climate change? Are you celebrating a return to …

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Added by Barry Spector on November 12, 2020 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Soul, Reading, and the Visionary World . . .

Soul and Inspiration

Inspiration happens from deep within the visionary world. While reading, sensing spontaneous intuitive flashes, and dreaming with vivid imagery, we experience the world of the spiritual imagination. CG Jung called the soul a vessel filled with grace or spirit, energy dramatized in literary images, intuitive flashes, and nightly visions known as dreams. Dramatic images encountered during reading and spirit-filled dreams while sleeping are…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on November 7, 2020 at 9:02am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 352: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Thirteen

Part Thirteen – El Dia de los Muertos

Republican Corruption: By claiming that Trumpus is leading in the polls and repeating his claims that he can only lose through foul play, conservative media are setting the stage for potential violence. Trumpus Jr. has called for “every…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 2, 2020 at 3:51pm — No Comments

A CONSPIRACY THEORY VACCINE? MAKING SENSE OF A CHAOTIC WORLD

Part One: The Appeal of Conspiracy Thinking

I’m intrigued by how many conspiracy theories are gaining traction today, and wondering how so many fellow citizens of my country can believe them. I see news interviews with people who believe such outrageous things, but in every other way they look and act like…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on October 29, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 351: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Twelve

Could you imagine if I lose? I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country…I could raise more money. I would be the world’s greatest fundraiser, but I just don’t want to do it. – Trumpus, 10/15

Existing emotional instability or psychotic tendencies may be aggravated by corticosteroids. – Warning label for Dexamethasone, Trumpus’ anti-Covid medicine.

Thank you so much for your leadership. – Diane Feinstein to Lindsay…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 24, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 354-355: Breathing Together: QAnon and New Age Thinking, parts 7,8 of 8

Part Seven: Responding to New Age Conspiracists

Who is he, who even were truth on his tongue, his way of speaking it would make truth almost as offensive as falsehood? –  Herman Melville

A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. – Winston Churchill

In America the legacy of violent crusading is channeled through our unique emphasis on individualism, and, I…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 20, 2020 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 352-353: Breathing Together: QAnon and New Age Thinking, Parts 5,6 of 8

Part Five: Save the Children!

I see it (the New Age movement) fundamentally shaped by an impulse to the irrational…it seems to lack any critical evaluation of itself. – Terence McKenna 

The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. – Joseph Campbell

In March of 2020, a book with no stated author – QAnon: An…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 20, 2020 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 350: A Mythologist Looks at the 2020 Election, Part Eleven

I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. – Mark Twain.

The period from mid-September through the first week of October were bookended by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and Trumpus’ illness.

Republican Corruption: The release of Trumpus’ taxes revealed years of no payments at all, income from undeclared foreign sources, massive debts to unknown creditors,…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 6, 2020 at 3:25pm — No Comments

My New Book: The Mythology of America's Seasonal Holidays, is now published

My new peer-reviewed book, The Mythology of America's Seasonal Holidays: The Dance of the Horae has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. It explains how myths underlie our seasonal holidays, and how understanding the mythology enables us to celebrate holidays more meaningfully and enriches our lives.…

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Added by Arthur George on September 24, 2020 at 7:13pm — No Comments

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