Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)

by Brennen Ryan ( Werner Herzog’s 1972  Aguirre, Wrath of God is often correctly described as one of the greatest films ever made.  The German New Wave classic is largely unknown in the United States, where it is mostly only known to film lovers and to its cult following. Internationally, the film is more widely... Continue Reading →

Manchester Bombings, more terrorist blowback

By Brennen Ryan ( A recent suicide bombing has killed 22 people outside a concert in Manchester. The bombing is being attributed and claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This the latest in a long series of attacks by Islamic extremists in both the First World and Third World. The first... Continue Reading →

Empire “makes the old serve the new” in Ukraine

By Brennen Ryan ( Communists have long understood that art plays a role in the class struggle. Reactionary art serves the interests of the bourgeoisie and capitalism. Communist art serves the people and their efforts to make revolution. During the Maoist era in China, revolutionaries sought to reinterpret old art so that it would serve... Continue Reading →

Is Le Pen a fascist?

by Brennen Ryan ( A wave of movements against the liberal status quo has been sweeping the First World. These movements have been described as "populist" in the media. The victory of the Brexit movement shocked Europe. Now, there is the strong polling of Marnie Le Pen in France. Although she lost the election, her rise... Continue Reading →

Greece update: Syriza blocks up with Anel

by Brennen Ryan ( Syriza is a coalition in Greece made up of social-democrats, Maoists, Trotskyists, “left-communists,” radical environmentalists, and others. As its name states, it is the “coalition of the radical left.” Through an unlikely set of circumstances, Syriza has just won the Greek elections, just short of a parliamentary majority. In order to form a... Continue Reading →

Syriza has won in Greece, a test case

( Syriza, the coalition of the “radical left” led by the popular Alexis Tsipras, has won big in the Greek elections. Syriza has won around half of the 300 seats in Parliament. Today, Syriza is a party that includes numerous “radical left” trends and organizations. It was formed initially as a coalition in 2004, but really took... Continue Reading →

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