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It is baffling why so many American sports fans support and display loyalty towards their country’s professional teams. The structure and system of most professional sports in the United States are farcical and so blatantly contrived that it seems bizarre that any person with an ounce of sanity, integrity, or discernment would buy into the charade.

Firstly, the leagues themselves, such as the NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB, are not so much sporting organizations as business corporations, all of which have created monopolies for themselves in their discrete sports. The league decides who can play, where they play, and when…


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The United States, like a number of other countries, inculcates and demands a high level of patriotic conformity. This cultural characteristic is evident in, for example, the saying of a pledge of allegiance in many schools, the rendition of the national anthem at various, seemingly random events, and the veneration of the national flag. Certainly, the furor caused by Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem exemplifies the extraordinary insistence on patriotic (and cultural) obedience in America. …


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I suspect there will come a time, perhaps not so far in the future, when many will feel that there are simply too many people on the planet and something must be done about it. This concern will be fueled and rationalized by several factors, including a physically deteriorating planet; diminishing resources; a fear and loathing of the Other; a sense of moral, cultural, and perhaps religious superiority; self-preservation; and perhaps a good old dollop of greed. From this perspective, the world’s lakes, rainforests, mines, arable farmland, fishing zones, mountains, natural wonders, and vast open spaces, as well as the…


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Donald Trump continually reminds me of an article published in the New York Times by David Brooks. In it, Brooks outlines his definition of the narcissistic individual. I apologize for the long extract, but he writes:

The narcissistic person is marked by a grandiose self-image, a constant need for admiration, and a general lack of empathy for others. He is the keeper of a sacred flame, which is the flame he holds to celebrate himself. His self-love is his most precious possession. It is the holy center of all that is sacred and right. He is hypersensitive about anybody who…


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There is a tendency in many countries to value the vague and hollow concept of patriotism over principles. This is a mistake. In countless obituaries we read how “he was a great patriot” or “she was a great patriot,” but such remarks are mere platitudes and mean little. Yes, they inform us that the person apparently loved their country (who doesn’t have affection for the place and culture that nurtured them?), but they tell us absolutely nothing about the person’s character, philosophy, humanity, ideals, individuality, or anything that distinguishes the person as unique or honorable. This is because patriotism is…


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Soon there will be a lot of people distancing themselves from Donald Trump and apologizing profusely for having supported the president so loyally. This will not only include his most trusted political allies, such as Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo, but also his family members, including Ivanka and Jared Kushner. …


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It is said that most people retain one or two grudges from events that happened a long time ago; a precise moment, a specific situation, often recalled in exact detail, when one was treated unfairly and felt rage and resentment. This is from Psychology Today:

Many people hold grudges, deep ones, that can last a lifetime. Many are unable to let go of the anger they feel towards those who “wronged” them in the past, even though they may have a strong desire and put in a concerted effort to do so.[1]

I consider myself fortunate to have experienced very…


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In an age of recrimination, revision, and transformation, citizens around the world are seeking to right historic wrongs, expose predators, confront bullies, fight systemic discrimination, and aspire towards societies that value justice, equality, and respect. It is therefore imperative to identify and challenge all forms of divisiveness, domination, and malevolence, whether in individuals, communities, or countries. One such form is the notion of national supremacy, whereby a country disparages and demeans other nations whilst eulogizing and glorifying itself. …


A belated but important response to Ralph Peters

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An excellent example of anti-Europeanism in the America media is an opinion piece by Ralph Peters entitled Europe: Worlds Apart, which was published in the New York Post in August 2003. As I say, this is an opinion article rather than a news item, though both anti-European news stories (in which the coverage is selected and suitably framed as a disparaging depiction of Europe) and anti-European op-eds tend to inform and fuel each other, creating in combination the unified, derogatory trope of ‘Europe’. Admittedly, the article is seventeen years old and there…


Anti-Europeanism in the American media

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The concept of fake news has become a conspicuous and much-discussed phenomenon during the past few years, and has fomented an important debate about the sources, legitimacy, and credence of public information. In many respects, the contemporary notion of fake news in the United States has developed into a tool of political partisanship whereby information is embraced or denounced solely on the basis of its ideological provenance or allegiance. Thus, if a news item depicts a political opponent in a bad light, then it is accepted unquestioningly as the truth. Yet, if the item shows…

Mark Gordon

Lived on the streets of New York. Visited over 60 countries. Degrees from LSE, Duke and Cambridge. RAF officer. Teacher. Novelist. Dual citizen of the US and UK

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