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

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

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Vol.100.6: VIRAL FASCISM

fasces

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

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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

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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

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Vol.99.8: The Law is an Ass

scale of justice

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

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Vol.99.5: TENDING TOWARD TRUMPALLNACHT

amerika

     

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

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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

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Vol.99.1: In the Land of Cowards

trump afraid

           

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

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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

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Vol.98.6: WAR: AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE

blue ridge copy

            

Back in Fall of 2000, when I was a Fulbrighter teaching at Lingnan University in the New Territories of Hong Kong I used to take the fifty-minute bus ride from Tuen Mun into

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