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Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica

MythicAmerica explores the mythic dimension of American political culture, past, present, and future. The blogger, Ira Chernus, is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity.

His new “MythicAmerica: Essays” offer an online introduction to the study of American myths. Read about the blog and the author here.

To receive periodic email summaries of the blog, send an email to, with “Update” in the subject line. You can communicate directly with Ira at the same address.

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  • 11/22: The Day "Truth" Died

    by Ira Chernus

    When JFK died, America's belief in "truth" as absolute certainty began to die too. 

  • Uncovering the Tea Party's Radical Roots

    by Ira Chernus

    If we put the Tea Party's claim to be Jeffersonians in the proper historical perspective, we come out not on the far right but on the far left.

  • The Myth That Makes the GOP Suicidal

    by Ira Chernus

    Right-wingers' desire to be left alone and safe behind symbolic fences is driving their party's self-destructive policies.    

  • "Yes, We Have No Narratives": A Great American Myth

    by Ira Chernus

    We won't have an informed debate about Iran until our mass media admit that in the U.S. as well as in Iran, dueling narratives are at the heart of competing views on foreign policy. 

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