cultural analysis 16.3

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A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

16.3 (Summer 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

                History, Reminiscence, & Speculation

Twelve Years Since a 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebrated at Czestochowa, Poland     Mark Wegierski

A trip to participate in a family celebration at Jasna Gora becomes a reflective journey back into Poland’s often tragic but never fully suppressed struggle for independence.

Polybius, Prophet of Decadence: How an Ancient Greek Historian Correctly Anticipated Events of the Early Twenty-First Century     John R. Harris 

The Greek historian Polybius proves a prophet of our political system’s decadence in the twenty-first century, and does so merely by analyzing the invincible tendencies of human nature.

            The Polis vs. Progress

On Outlasting the Life Cycle of the Technology-Intensive Economy     John R. Harris

The West’s technology-intensive culture, despite a glorious heyday, also has a decline and death, if its vitality is measured in human rather than mechanistic terms. We must understand and respond to the cycle or else be swept away by its final stage as independent, spiritual beings.

The Dilemma of Hypermodernity    Mark Wegierski

A decade and a half ago, the author proposed that the dilemma of hypermodernity might be addressed by creating a “postmodernity” that acknowledges nature and the spirit. The years have not visibly advanced us toward this solution; they have, indeed, made its broadcast more necessary than ever..

               Politics & Culture

Theoretical Rights, Multiculturalism, and Marginality: The Polish-Canadian Case    Mark Wegierski

Though Canada is today officially a multicultural society, the Polish-Canadian community has grown so attenuated through decades of forced assimilation that it cannot profit from the trend.

The Corporatist PRC: Capitalism’s Planet-Devouring Silkworm     Pancratistes

Communism in China has always been a pretext for the continuation of imperial governance; but today’s corporatist PRC has learned to solidify its domination by borrowing tactics from an increasingly decadent and corrupt West.

            Faith & Cultural Meltdown

Pensées (or Stray Thoughts on the Contorted Human Psyche)        John R. Harris

The contorted devices and desires of the human being’s psyche can hide surprises virtually everywhere, including behind the most objective manner of science and within seemingly the most generous motives.


I Will Salute No More Forever     George Shirley

Some strong political convictions poetically orbit the hot-button issue of the Confederate Stars-and-Bars… and the gravitational force of the poet’s universe does NOT draw them where you might expect.


I Want My Own Person     Peter T. Singleton

Everyone seems to want an individualized “gender pronoun”… but this author demands his own grammatical “fourth person” to supplement the conventional (and sometimes quite hurtful) third person. Enough of being snubbed simply for not being physically present!