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Thomas Riggins, PhD CUNY, is a retired university lecturer in philosophy and ancient history and the former book review editor for Political Affairs magazine.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2012
Troubled Children Adopted by Homo/Heterosexual Parents Flourish Equally Well Presents scientific evidence of the positive effects of gay adoption.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Part Three of Niall Ferguson on "World Order" by Henry Kissinger Part Three of the TLS review of "World Order".
Series: Kissinger's World Order (Ferguson Review) (4 Articles, 5723 views)
From flickr.com: news, From Images
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 2, 2017
Trump, Bernie Sanders, Fake News, and the Press What's right and wrong in Trump's view of the press.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 8, 2012
Lenin on Marxism and Bourgeois Democracy Socialists should work within the institutions of bourgeois democracy until they can be replaced by higher forms of democracy.
Interventionism, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2015
Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part One) Prehistory of the current crisis in Ukraine.
Series: Ukraine Crisis (2 Articles, 3472 views)
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
Betrayal Without Remedy: The Case Of The Missing Hostess Employee Wages Describes how Hostess Brands stole worker's wages.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 26, 2015
Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's "World Order" [Part Four] Part four, of five, of a review of Niall Ferguson's "K of the Castle" in the TLS.
Series: Kissinger's World Order (Ferguson Review) (4 Articles, 5723 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2013
John Gray, David Hawkes, and the Myth of Progress Is progress a myth? John Gray thinks it is; David Hawkes believes there may be anti-progress(!). Scientific progress seems to be well established; the problem is with moral progress.
Religious Freedom Means No Pizza For Gay Weddings In Indiana, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sin, Socialism, and Sacrilege Reply to a Wall Street Journal op-ed supporting so-called religious peoples rights to discriminate against gay people.
smoky maidan, From ImagesAttr
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Prolegomena to Any Future Understanding of the Crisis in Ukraine It is impossible to understand the crisis in Ukraine in terms of Russian aggression.
Chinese South Sea, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2015
Reflections on China's South Sea Trouble Reflections on China's role in the South China Sea.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2015
Conclusion: Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part Two) The back story to the Ukrainian crisis.
Series: Ukraine Crisis (2 Articles, 3472 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2014
The Withering Away of the State Lenin's views on the Marxist theory of the state.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
Kissinger, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2015
Kissinger and Shultz on "The Iran Deal" An analysis of the Kissinger/Shultz article opposing the Iran framework agreement.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Three Stooges of the NYPD Police Unions Should Resign Evidence of bias in NYPD poice union leadership?
marijuana, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 26, 2014
U.S. Drug "War" Destroys Rain Forests Failed US Drug "War" threatens rain forests.
Thank You, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2017
Thanking Obama or "The best slaves are the ones who thank their masters" Obama isn't the worse president but does the Left need to thank him?
PET scan of a normal brain, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Poverty and Child Brain Damage Science shows how poverty damages children's brains.
New Yorker, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 15, 2017
Cold War 2.0: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold-War Propaganda Part 2 of Reactive Mismeasures, a commentary on a New Yorker anti-Russian propaganda piece.
Series: Reactive Mismeasures (3 Articles, 3074 views)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 2, 2013
Marxism is Real Naturalism A response to Galen Strawson's London Review article confusing the materialist view of reality with panpsychism.
-3, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 8, 2013
Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism: Review Review of an economics article in Science, official publication of the AAAS.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 28, 2014
Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's World Order [Part One] Part one of a take on Niall Ferguson's review of Henry Kissinger's book World Order in TLS.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 21, 2017
Putin's World: Part 3 of Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold-War Propaganda A critique of the New Yorker article "Active Measures", an anti-Russian propaganda piece disguised as journalism.
Series: Reactive Mismeasures (3 Articles, 3074 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2013
Marx Reloaded, A Film by Jason Barker: Review and Commentary A film review of Marx Reloaded showing that the film would have been better named Marx Unloaded.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Waiting for Mangabe or Slavol Zizek on Mandela's Socialist Failure A response to Slavol Zizek's "Mandela's Socialist Failure."
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 7, 2016
Obama. Putin and the U.S. Election Issues of war and peace ignored in election politics.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 17, 2014
Lenin: Class Society and the State A discussion on the origin of the state and its function.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 5, 2015
Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's World Order [Part Two] Part Two of a review of Niall Ferguson's TLS article on Henry Kissinger's views on foreign policy.
Series: Kissinger's World Order (Ferguson Review) (4 Articles, 5723 views)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 15, 2014
Smash or Be Smashed: Lenin's Theory of the State Review of chapter 2 of State and Revolution.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 31, 2014
Review: V. J. McGill on Russell's Critique of Marxism This is a review and reevaluation V. J. McGill's critique of Bertrand Russell's anti-Marxist views as well as his general approach to political philosophy.
Der Karl, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lenin on the Paris Commune (1871) Review of Chapter III Section 1 of State and Revolution. The examination of socialism has been buried under the propaganda of the bourgeois state and its media organs Even a cursory examination of Marx and Engels' works shows how prescient they were, and how so many of their predictions regarding the oligarchic nature of capital have been borne out.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Is Russia a Kleptocracy? Review of TLS article by Richard Sakwa.
Plant life, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 20, 2015
Decline of Earth's plant life threatens human life as we know it. Science indicates that current destruction of Earth's plant biomass will lead to collapse of civilization as we know it.
Hillary Clinton - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton on Cutting Drug Costs (Kick the Poor off Medicare) The anti-progressive side of HRC exposed.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2013
Federal IDs For All Workers: A Trial Balloon? Report on Senate plans to introduce national biometric ID card.
Lenin statue in Memento Park, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2014
Lenin on the State and Revolution -- The Withering Away of the State, Review (part one) A review of Chapter 5 of Lenin's State and Revolution with reference to our time (part one).
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 25, 2008
VOTER SURVEYS AND RACIAL BIAS The polls cannot tell us if racial bias will influence the election
New Yorker, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 9, 2017
Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 1) A commentary on "Active Measures" a propagandistic article posing as journalism recently published in The New Yorker.
Thomas Piketty, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and Rational Conservatives Comments on a WSJ review of Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.
P1210052, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2015
Over Forty Percent of U.S. Children are Living in Poverty Current research indicates over 40% of U.S. children are economically deprived.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Lenin: Chapter 6 of State and Revolution -- Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunists, Review (Part One) Review of Chapter Six of State and Revolution - first two sections.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2015
Afghan Hospital Bombing: Its Meaning U.S. bombing of Afghan Hospital was a war crime.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 18, 2012
Extreme Weather: The Maya and Us Discusses extreme weather conditons of today in comparison to the conditions leading to the collapse of the Maya cilvilization.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 22, 2013
Marx and the Muslim Brothers Critique of "Marx's Lesson for the Muslim Brothers", NYT op-ed by Sheri Berman.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 20, 2014
Lenin: Chapter 5 of State and Revolution -- Withering Away the State, Review (Part Three) A commentary on section 4 of Chapter 5 of Lenin's State and Revolution (Communist Society).
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer 1 - photo by Richard Hubert Smith, English National Opera, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Death of Klinghoffer: Reflections on an Opera Relections on a controversial work of art: John Adams' 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Turbulence Theory: Part Five of Reactive Mismeasures -- The New Yorker and the "New" Cold-War Propaganda Last part of an article on the The New Yorker's use of propaganda to describe Russia and the US elections.
Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Piketty for Progressives Review of the introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Trumpism and the Working Class An attempt to understand Trumpism from the point of view of Georgi Dimitrov.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2013
New York Post Endorsement of Joe Lhota More Harmful Than Helpful Panning the New York Post's Lhota endoresement.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 27, 2017
Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 4) Fourth part of a series on a recent propaganda article in The New Yorker.
Series: Reactive Mismeasures (3 Articles, 3074 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Russian Revolution: An Essential Condition of Success A review of chapter 2 of 'Left Wing' Communism an Infantile Disorder.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 23, 2014
Don't Write Stuff: New York Post oped on the Rev. Al Sharpton New York Post oped twists the facts.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 6, 2013
Stop and Frisk: What Mayor Bloomberg Really Thinks About Minority Youth Bloomberg's comments defending "stop and frisk" reveals his real attitudes toward minority youth-- it seems it is not a good one.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2012
Principle Stages in the History of Bolshevism 1905-1917 and Their Relevance Today This is a commentary on chapter three of Lenin's book 'Left-Wing' Communism An Infantile Disorder
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Who Turned the Lights Off? Jonathan Israel's Take on Pagden's "The Enlightenment" Review of Jonathan Israel's article on "The Enlightenment and why it is still important" by Anthony Pagden in the TLS
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Living Wage or Wage Slavery: de Blasio vs. Lhota on the Dignity of Labor An article about the difference between a living wage and a minimum wage.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2014
Lenin on The Paris Commune (1871): Replacing the Bourgeois State Real democracy cannot exist under capitalism, What will replace the sham democracy of today?
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
Marx and Engels, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 3, 2014
Lenin on the State and Revolution-- Comments by Engels A review of Chapter IV of State and Revolution on Engels' comments on the nature of the state.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2012
The Russian Revolution Today? Review of Chapter 1 of Lenin's book on left wing communism.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
De Blasio and the Sandinistas De Blasio can be proud of the fact that he supported the Sandinistas and the people of Nicaragua while Joe Lhota's team, the Republicans and Reagan supported the fascist Contras.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 28, 2014
New York City Settlement of Fire Departent Discrimination a Blow Against Racism Critique of New York Post editorial against NYC's settlement with the Vulcan Society.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 21, 2014
Piketty for Progressives -- Part 5 Fifth part of a review of the introduction to Capital in the 21st Century.
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 1, 2009
The Pakistan Peccadillo Taliban threat to Pakistan.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 10, 2015
Piketty for Progressives, Part Six suite et fin The conclusion of the six-part introduction to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 1, 2013
Marxism, the Taliban, and Plato Review of Simon Blackburn's article "Taliban and Plato" in the TLS 7-19-2013.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 16, 2013
Lessons and Conclusions from Lenin's "Left-Wing" Communism an Infantile Disorder Review and commentary on chapter 10 of "Left-Wing" Communism an Infantile Disorder
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2014
Piketty for Progressives, Part 2 Part 2 of article on the introduction to Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2009
What is the Fetishisn of Commodities? Explaining Marx's theory of the Fetishism of Commodities for our day.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 11, 2013
New York City Stop and Frisk Police Harassment Found Unconstitutional The article is about illegal activities of the NYPD
Niall Ferguson, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Inverted World of Niall Ferguson: On the Real Obama Doctrine Obama's foreign policies are beyond the grasp of Niall Ferguson.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lenin on Anarchism and Opportunism: Chapter Four of 'Left' Wing Communism An Infantile Disorder Lenin's views on ultra-leftism are still relevant to day.
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 2, 2012
Urgent Action Needed to Combat European Climate Change European governments must take climate change more seriously.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Lenin on the Role of a Marxist Party in relation to the People Review and commentary on chapter five of 'Left-Wing' Communism by Lenin.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 1, 2015
Lenin: Chapter 6 of State and Revolution -- Vulgarisation of Marx by the Opportunists, Review (Part Two) The last article in the series on "State and Revolution" by V.I. Lenin
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
Pillars of support, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Lenin's State and Revolution: Chapter One Part 2 A continuation of a review of Chapter One of State and Revlution
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
Moai Rano raraku on Easter Island, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Bum Rap for the Rapa Nui New research on Easter Island calls into question the theory of self induced cultural collapse.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 20, 2014
Lenin: Chapter 5 of State and Revolution -- Withering Away the State, Review (Part Two) Part 2 of a review of Lenin's State and Revolution.
Series: The State and Revolution (12 Articles, 10273 views)
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 25, 2013
Lenin on "Left-Wing" Communism in Great Britain Review of Chapter Nine of "Left-Wing" Communism an Infantile Disorder
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Kissinger's "World Order" [Part Five & Last] Last of 5 articles on TLS review of "World Order"
Series: Kissinger's World Order (Ferguson Review) (4 Articles, 5723 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Piketty for Progressives, Part 4 Part 4 of a Marxist analysis of the introduction to Capital in the 21st Century
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2014
Piketty for Progressives, Part 3 Part 3 of a commentary on "Capital in the 21st Century."
Series: Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6 Articles, 3955 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
For Whom the co*k Crows Marx's 1844 article on criticism is still relevant today.
Workers choose green and red., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 12, 2013
European Social Contract Betrayed This article discusses the political betayal by the European social democratic parties.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 4, 2013
Despite the NRA and the Ultra-Right Most Americans Favor Gun Controls Scientific poll shows most Americans want more gun controls.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 19, 2013
Russian Homeland Threatened by Feminism This article examines Patriarch Kirill's views on feminism.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 22, 2009
Why Israel Won't Make Peace With Israel Times op ed article by Jeffery distorts the facts regarding Israel and Hamas
lenin, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 12, 2014
Lenin's State and Revolution Today-- The Preface Discussion of the Preface to Lenin's book "The State and Revolution"
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2013
Lenin on the Need for Political Compromise How poltical insights from Lenin still apply to contemporary struggles.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Lenin on "Reactionary" Trade Unions A review of Chapter Six of Lenin's 'Left' Wing Communism
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 25, 2009
Maoism Without Maoism Taliban is about to make major gains in Pakistan. Can they be stopped?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2009
Richard Haass, Torture, and the Rule of Law Former Bush officials is against prosecutions for torture memos.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Economy: Happy Days Are Here Again! For Whom? While Wall Street and the DOW hit new highs, so does homelessness.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2009
Obama's Afghan Struggle Critique of Fouad Ajami's misrepresentations of the Iraq War in the Wall Street Journal.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 2, 2007
Will the US Attack Iran? Evidence suggests that the Bush administration is about to attack Iran based on manipulated intelligence.

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