Do weaker men favor socialism?

by Brennen Ryan ( It is being reported: “An academic study from researchers at Brunel University London assessed 171 men, looking at their height, weight, overall physical strength and bicep circumference, along with their views on redistribution of wealth and income inequality. The study, published in the Evolution and Human Behavior journal, ​found that weaker... Continue Reading →

Sailing the seas depends on a helmsman

by Brennen Ryan ( Water has a special place in socialist propaganda of the past. It was by swimming in the Yangtze river that Mao returned to politics after being sidelined. Maos swim was one of the symbols of the Cultural Revolution. Stalin was portrayed as a captain piloting the ship of the Soviet Union through... Continue Reading →

5 more questions for Leading Light Commander PF

with Brennen Ryan ( This is a follow up interview with Leading Light Commander PF. An earlier interview can be found here: 1. In the previous interview, you described the history of the formation of Leading Light, or at least the North American branch. Can you go back a bit further? How were you first... Continue Reading →

Serve the people truth or fiction?

by Brennen Ryan ( 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 →

Lin Biao as barometer

by Brennen Ryan ( The question of Lin Biao is not simply a question of whether Mao’s appointed successor attempted a coup or not. It is not simply as issue of adding or subtracting another head to the pantheon of revolutionary heroes. Two approaches confront each other in the question of Lin Biao. On the... Continue Reading →

Comments on Soviet Women, Traditionalism, Revisionism

by Brennen Ryan ( These comments are a reaction to Gail Warshofsky Lapidus’ “Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development, and Social Change.” Much of Lapidus’ essay covers the same ground as these other  works Wendy Goldman’s Women at the Gates, Sheila Fritzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism, and Hiroaki Kuromiya’s Stalin’s Industrial Revolution.  What is refreshing about these... Continue Reading →

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