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Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

VINCENT RYAN RUGGIERO, M.A., is Professor of Humanities Emeritus, State University of New York, Delhi College. Prior to his twenty-nine year career in education, he was a social caseworker and an industrial engineer. The author of twenty-one books, his trade books include Warning: Nonsense Is Destroying America and The Practice of Loving Kindness. His textbooks include The Art of Thinking and Beyond Feelings, both in 10th editions and available in Chinese as well as English, Thinking Critically About Ethical Issues, and A Guide to Sociological Thinking. His latest book, Corrupted Culture: Rediscovering America's Enduring Principles, Values, and Common Sense, is available at Amazon and in bookstores. Professor Ruggiero is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of the Critical Thinking movement in education. Earlier in his career, he published essays in a variety of magazines and journals, including America, Catholic Mind, The Sign, The Lamp, and Catholic World.

President Biden’s Foolish Refusal to Learn

If we learn from our experience, we are considered intelligent. If we learn from our experience and other people’s as well, we are considered highly intelligent. If we learn from neither, we are considered stupid. The term is...

Reaffirming the Story of Salvation

The Nicene Creed summarizes Catholic teaching about Jesus in these words: “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God . . . For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven . . . For our sake he was...

A Valuable Insight on Immigration

Sometimes insights come in unexpected ways and from unlikely sources. One such insight recently came from Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, on Tucker Carlson’s TV show, when he offered his thoughts on the present surge of illegal immigrants...

Goodbye Logic, R.I.P.

Logic may be defined as a system of thinking that produces reasonable decisions and judgments about problems and issues large and small. In every age and culture it has been valued as the indispensable guide in human affairs. Logic is characterized...

A Perfect Theological Storm

A Perfect Storm is defined as “a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of [movements].” A Perfect Theological Storm differs only in the time required for the concurrence: decades rather than hours...

The Burden of Ideas

It is fashionable to believe that ideas are quiet, ethereal things that can do no harm. “What others think won’t affect me or anyone else,” the belief goes. That belief is wrong! Ideas can quickly spread from one person to many, and when they do so...

A Jesuit Magazine’s Disrespect of the Dead

The death of Rush Limbaugh on February 17, 2021 was reported around the world. The headlines in mainstream publications were generally objective. For example, USA Today: “’A true American legend’: Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, more mourn...

The Historic Problem of Race in America

White people’s awareness of the evil of slavery has for decades taken the form of developing programs for helping blacks. Ironically, this approach was rejected more than a century ago by no less an authority than Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who...