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Current State of U.S.-Centralized Empire Confounds Easy Answers: Reading Andre Vltchek & Dmitry Orlov

Okay, we’re going to fit one quick post in before the holidays hit.

As we near year’s end and are pushed into the now typical “how was the year/what happened/what does it all mean?” territory, we’re exploring the slippery nature of the truth on the Words of Others podcast this week.

It’s been a crazy year for the American empire—and a much crazier and deadly one for the countries and people that find themselves in the empire’s cross-hairs, whether they live domestically or live outside U.S. borders.

If you were paying attention this year, you probably saw various pieces of the sprawling U.S. empire employing a combination of economic warfare, proxy armies, covert ops, special forces, airplanes, bombs, censorship, political alliances, surveillance, law enforcement and disinformation against individuals and nations on virtually every continent on Earth.

At the same time, you may have seen the same empire failing again and again to exercise dominion at the scale it desires—notably in Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia and China.

So, which is true? Is the empire maintaining its control over the countries of the world or is it on the trajectory predicted by historian Alfred McCoy to disintegrate by 2030?

In a word, yes.

Readings from two internationally minded analysts—Andre Vltchek and Dmitry Orlov—shed some light on such a ridiculous and confusing answer to an either/or question.

Thanks as always for reading and listening.


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Stephen Boni

Stephen Boni is both Ghion Journal's current editor and a contributing writer. His main interest is in analyzing the workings of empire and exploring ways to dismantle and replace systems of oppression. A conflicted New Englander with an affinity for people, music and avoiding isms, he lives in Oakland, California with his wife and young daughter.
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