Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)

by Brennen Ryan (thefounders.co) 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 →

Empire “makes the old serve the new” in Ukraine

By Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) 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 (leadinglightarmy.com) 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 →

Most Americans support torture

by Brennen Ryan (leadinglightarmy.com) In the United States, the Senate Intelligence Committee has released a scathing report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of torture. The 500 page report is a summary of a larger, still-classified 6,000 page study on the CIA’s interrogation methods and treatment of prisoners accused of terrorism. The use of... Continue Reading →

Bangladesh is in chains, literally

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) In his Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote that the proletariat had nothing to lose but their chains. Marx was speaking figuratively. By the time Marx wrote, Europe had mostly abolished slavery, at least officially. Marx was speaking to the wage slavery of the free laborer, who nonetheless suffered intense poverty in... Continue Reading →

Serve the people truth or fiction?

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) In recent discussion, we contrasted science versus apolegetics in dealing with history. Stalin was used as an example. A familiar voice objected to our discussion. He roars: “There is nothing original in noting the USSR’s initial support of Israel as primarily geo-political. Of course it was a mistake, but hindsight is... Continue Reading →

Molotov, MIM, Dogma, and Stalin’s support for Israel

by Brennen Ryan (leading-light.co) Stalin was a great socialist leader, but it is important to tell the truth about his mistakes. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was a high-ranking, important member of Stalin’s regime. Today’s Stalinists occasionally choose him as their favorite candidate to have succeeded Stalin in  “what if” fantasy histories. “What if Molotov had led... Continue Reading →

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