cultural analysis 16-2

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A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

16.2 (Spring 2016)


A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values

1515-5436 (c)

All contents of this journal are copyrighted by The Center for Literate Values of Tyler, Texas (2016), and may not be cited at length or reproduced without The Center’s express permission.

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

University of Texas, Tyler


Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

SUNY Oswego


Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY


Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)



Contents of This Issue

                Language, Rhetoric, and Grammar

The Orator’s Audience. the Orator, and… the Orator’s Teacher: Captives in Aristotle’s Labyrinth of Duplicity (Part Two)        John R. Harris

Having taught classes in freshman composition for years wherein Aristotle’s Rhetoric was often cited with biblical authority, the author at last decided to acquire a personal experience of this classic. His conclusions do not leave him inclined to trust the Master’s judgment.

In Search of a Distinctive English-Language Polish-Canadian Writing     Mark Wegierski

Polish-Canadians have not been promoted nearly to the degree of other Canadian minorities, and their identity has indeed largely dissolved in a mainstream dominated by an insipid pop-culture.

The Case of the Missing Tense     John R. Harris

As grammatical explanations of the Rnglish language historically evolved, an oddly missing tense was allowed to fall between the scholarly cracks.

            The Polis vs. Progress

Progressive Economics: The Starship Enterprise, the Good Ship Lollipop, and the Titanic in One Blueprint     John R. Harris

The progressive economics proposed by academics like Marina Gorbis evoke a pre-lapsarian Never Never Land—a romantic return to a fantasy childhood—that can only obscure and complicate impending problems.

Examining the “Right-Wing Green” Critique of Current-Day America    Mark Wegierski

While the notion of a “right-wing green” movement may seem oxymoronic to consumers of mainstream media, nothing could be more reasonable than that conservatism should conserve life’s building blocks.

Confessions of a Very Flawed Editor, or Duped by Internet Con Games    John R. Harris

Though ideologue utopians and monkishly sequestered nerds may insist otherwise, Internet con games and the unwitting misrepresentation implicit in e-life grow worse as “progress” sweeps us forward.

               Faith & Cultural Meltdown

The Assault on Truth: A Critical Theater in Postmodernity’s War on the Spirit        John R. Harris

The human being’s spiritual destiny is to struggle toward higher levels of awareness, yet the postmodern world—through PC orthodoxy, advanced technology, and subtle propaganda—is waging an ongoing assault on truth.

                 Fiction & Poetry

Three Sonnets from Charles Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal     Jonathan Chaves

Here are three sonnets of the French symbolist poet Charles Baudelaire translated with direct simplicity into English.

Back From Christmas Break     John R. Harris 

A poem in blank verse probes the difficulties of aging as the speaker studies a home left very empty by his son’s return to college.

El Paso del Oeste     J.S. Moseby

An old man dying in a tiny town of the Southwestern desert seems a non-event in the middle of nowhere; yet perhaps, on a given day, it comes closer to the hub of things than any other occurrence on earth.

Another Politically Incorrect Fable: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing     Peter T. Singleton

Whether the wolf in sheep’s clothing bears more than a random resemblance to any particular figure currently in the news is a question whose answering has been left to the reader’s discretion.