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

Vol.101.6: THE UGLY AMERICAN REDUX

BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

I have travelled to over seventy countries, explored hundreds of cities and spent years living abroad in England, France and Hong Kong, enough to confer some understanding of what foreigners think Read More

Vol.100.8: THE HERO COMPLEX

Captain-America

Many years ago I remember a relative of mine joined a volunteer fire brigade. He would have preferred to be a member of a regular fire department, but the suburban township in which he lived could Read More

Vol.100.6: VIRAL FASCISM

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Over a decade ago I wrote in these pages at the beginning of the second George W. Bush administration a posting that I titled “Slouching Read More

Vol.100.4: REVEILLE FOR HYPOCRITES

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Among the rallying cries and slogans for the so-called “Brexit” of the United Kingdom from the European Union this past week was a familiar motto: “Take our country back.” We all know this Read More

Vol.100.1: CultRev 2.0? 4.29.2016

Xi Zedong

© UrbisMedia. Wow! He looks good in the old Great Helmsman’s hair-do.   Or I’m getting damn good at Photoshop.

I have been reading with mixed emotions about the recent disappearances of Read More

Vol.99.8: The Law is an Ass

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There is a reason that there are so many lawyer jokes, several equating them to sharks or other rapacious critters; that lawyers figure way down in admired professions and; that so many politicians Read More

Vol.99.5: TENDING TOWARD TRUMPALLNACHT

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, allusions to Hitler and the Third Reich are a source of journalistic mockery these days—hackneyed. I’ll take that risk. But I just seen too many similarities Read More

Vol.99.4: AMERICA, GREAT(?), AGAIN(?) WHAT?

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It has been about seven months now since blowhard Donald Trump announced his intention to “make America great again” as President of the United States. Although I have not followed his progress Read More

Vol.99.1: In the Land of Cowards

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There is a perverse logic that afflicts our land of cowards. That’s right, I just called America, self-anointed universal Messiah of democracy, and self-described “home of Read More

Vol.98.8: THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: VERIFIED   [a re-post of 80.6]

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There has been a lot of chatter the past few years about a “war on Christmas.” Most of us secular humanists have been blamed for it and have regarded this pseudo war as just another fiction Read More

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