Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.98.4: THE RONALD-DONALD

**ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 1--FILE** President Ronald Reagan smiles as he poses for photographers after delivering a speech on television, in this Dec. 11, 1987 file photo. Reagan discussed his summit talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, file)

Three and half decades ago a huckster with heavily-processed hair rose up and declared he would lead the nation into a new “morning in America.” Posing himself as a Washington “outsider,”

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Vol.97.1: You Betcha!

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I don’t run my life according to too many rules, which might have something to do with my first rule, which is Don’t have too many rules (perhaps I do

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Vol.96.7: CRAPITALISM: ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF EVERYTHING

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    No wonder there has been such a furor over the ACA—it perhaps presages a full single-payer government health care system—one lucrative area that the private

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Vol.96.4: Retired Thoughts on Labor Day (reprise of 67.6)

© 2010, UrbisMedia, Ltd.

© 2010, UrbisMedia, Ltd.

My thoughts on life and work in America seem to have changed little since wrote this piece in the second year of the Obama administration. If anything, my disappointments are greater

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Vol.83.4: THE KLEPTO KINGDOM, Part 1

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With the USA/PRC détente in 1972 came the prospects for the huge Chinese market –-a huge pent up demand from the long deprivation from

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Vol.75.6: “BACK IN THE DAY”; KODAK AND AMERICAN INDUSTRY

Kodaks (sic) sign photographed by author in Burg al Arab, Egypt. © 1991, UrbisMedia

Kodaks (sic) sign photographed by author in Burg al Arab, Egypt. © 1991, UrbisMedia

Their corporate image was only slightly less ubiquitous than Coca-Cola’s, eye-catching crimson and yellow brand. Kodak. For people around the world it meant snapshots

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Vol.75.5: AMERICA, INC.

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Nothing quite exemplifies American corporatism as does the almost cartoonish CEO visage of Mitt Romney. A man of many mansions and $150 ties purchased by his questionably–gotten

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Vol.75.3: THE GLOBAL MALL-AYSIA (KELANG, MALAYSIA)

The chariots of globalism; container ship in the Andaman Sea © 2011, UrbisMedia

The chariots of globalism; container ship in the Andaman Sea © 2011, UrbisMedia

“We go to Europe to be Americanized,” so said Ralph Waldo Emerson. The great transcendentalist might well have meant that we feel most American when we are in foreign

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Vol.73.3: THE FORTUNE OF FORTUNE

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I’ll begin with a personal anecdote. Back in 1979 I was on sabbatical in London. My project was to study a piece of the Labor Party’s legislation called the Community

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Vol.72.5: CHRISTIANITY AND CAPITALISM: SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE [Revised]

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Once, long ago, I considered going the way of St. Francis of Assisi or Ignatius Loyola, forsaking the trappings of a wealthy and privileged

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