The lead article is the first of a three part series on "lifeboat morality" as a form of moral analysis that can replace either religiously based or social contract morality. The second article describes regional museums in general and the particular regional museum to be found in Charleston, South Carolina. The third article treats the organizing structure of the Book of Revelations as that of a liturgy. The last article, by Arnold Birenbaum, looks into a peculiarity of Medicare reimbursement.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.