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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.

No Vaccine for Trump Derangement Syndrome

Three years before the plague known as Covid19 began, another plague infected millions of Americans. Known as Trump Derangement Syndrome or TDS, it has grown more serious over time and its harmful effects have multiplied to the point where they...

The Devil Was in the Election Details

The scene is a college gymnasium. The visiting team is ahead by ten points with three seconds to play. The home team takes the ball out of bounds . . . then suddenly, the gym goes dark. A few minutes later, the lights go back on, play...

Jesuit Pontificating on the Election

Each member of the Society of Jesus completes between eight and seventeen years of advanced education. Not surprisingly, Jesuits were long regarded as intellectually superior, and whenever a group of them offered their consensus view of an...

Why Catholics Venerate Mary

At this time of year, every Christian’s thoughts turn to the beginning of what is known as “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and their focus is rightly on the babe in the manger, the Son of God, the Savior of the World. But my thoughts also turn to...

The Victims of Hatred

I recently examined the source of the hatred that has metastasized in America in recent years, and I found it to be the media’s abandonment of journalistic standards. First, they mixed opinion with news, next they made their opinions an official...

The Source of Americans’ Hatred

Why is there so much hatred in America today? The main cause, I submit, is that the communications media have encouraged it. That wasn’t always the case. In our grandparents’ day such encouragement was almost nonexistent. The TV (or radio) news...

Pope Francis’ Message to a Struggling World

Pope Francis’ new book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, was published on December 1, 2020. The publisher called the book, co-authored by Francis’ biographer Austen Ivereigh, “an epiphany” and “a call to arms” and noted that it...

Was There Fraud in the Election or Not?

An idea that is highly credible today may be questionable tomorrow and not credible at all the next day, as new information arises. If we value truth we must be alert for such changes, and if we value integrity, we must change our view when the...