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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.

Restoring Reason in American Culture, Part 2

In a recent essay, I explained how the social chaos being experienced in the U.S. today can be traced to a half-century of valuing emotion over reason, notably in education and journalism. Then, in a subsequent essay, I discussed the changes...

Restoring Reason in American Culture

I recently discussed why social chaos is spreading across the U.S. The answer, I argued, is that the movement to elevate feelings over reason that began a half century ago has gained control over virtually every part of our culture...

Understanding Our Growing Social Chaos

An anonymous commentary made the rounds of the Internet before it vanished. It pointed out a number of absurdities in America today, the following ones among them: “Russians influencing our elections is bad, but illegal Mexicans voting in...

The Bishops’ Flawed View of Racial Problems

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and individual dioceses were quick to respond to the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protest demonstrations. One striking feature of many of those responses is their well-meaning but badly flawed view of...

Disrespect for Law and Order

Civilizations are said to decline from within by losing their commitment to the value structures that raised them to prominence. How far our western civilization has declined may be debatable but there is no question that some of its key structures...

Advice to a Disenchanted Catholic

A reader recently offered this (paraphrased) comment on an essay of mine: “Your essay and others like it leave me frustrated. They talk about the impact of Modernism, the failures of U.S. bishops and Pope Francis, sexual abuse by priests, financial...

The Gift of Appreciation

I recently wrote about the consequences of the Covid19 crisis—both the self-sacrificing good works it prompted and, in sharp contrast, the profiting from other people’s vulnerability and the violations of people’s rights. This essay focuses on a...

Crises Have Consequences

Covid-19 came to America and the rest of the world without warning and changed our lives in ways never imagined except perhaps in science-fiction. People’s reactions to the crisis have ranged from heroic efforts to serve those vulnerable to the...