The Ghion Journal https://ghionjournal.com Our Pens Are Our sWORDS:: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:28:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-Logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 The Ghion Journal https://ghionjournal.com 32 32 121930598 Trump’s Retreat in Syria: More Proof the U.S. Doesn’t Have the Power to Dictate World Events https://ghionjournal.com/trumps-retreat-in-syria-more-proof-the-u-s-doesnt-have-the-power-to-dictate-world-events/ https://ghionjournal.com/trumps-retreat-in-syria-more-proof-the-u-s-doesnt-have-the-power-to-dictate-world-events/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:28:51 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15380

We should recognize the political and media class condemnations of Trump’s recent Syria retreat for what they are: Angry cries from U.S. imperialists who are seeing their grip on the world slip away, and who are helpless to stop the resurgence of the socialist and anti-colonial movements that they’ve long tried to crush. The U.S. empire’s defeat in Syria Both materially and narratively, the empire’s ambitions for Syria have fallen apart since Trump had troops…

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How to Sell a Pretend Climate Movement: Reading Act IV of Cory Morningstar’s Series on the NGO Industrial Complex https://ghionjournal.com/how-to-sell-a-pretend-climate-movement-reading-act-iv-of-cory-morningstars-series-on-the-ngo-industrial-complex/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-to-sell-a-pretend-climate-movement-reading-act-iv-of-cory-morningstars-series-on-the-ngo-industrial-complex/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:32:01 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15386

About 43% of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers. After the establishment of the United States government, over a near 250-year period, the number of lawyers in Congress has, by-and-large, mirrored that original percentage. In fact, our current Congress is made up of 43% lawyers. This is a powerful voting block of like-minded people. Additionally, it isn’t much of a secret how important legal expertise is to modern corporations and how many…

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To Adapt to the Escalating Climate Crisis, Mere Reform Will Not Be Enough https://ghionjournal.com/to-adapt-to-the-escalating-climate-crisis-mere-reform-will-not-be-enough/ https://ghionjournal.com/to-adapt-to-the-escalating-climate-crisis-mere-reform-will-not-be-enough/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:49:28 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15366

As I’ve watched young people around the world take part in the climate actions of the last month, I’ve gotten the sense that I’m watching a spectacle which has been orchestrated to create the illusion that we’re still in an earlier, more stable time for the planet’s climate. Legitimate as the passion and commitment of this generation of teen climate activists is, their efforts are being packaged by the political and media establishment in a…

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Big Media is Merely an Expression of Big Money: Reading Stan Goff’s “MSNBC is Not Your Friend” https://ghionjournal.com/big-media-is-merely-an-expression-of-big-money-reading-stan-goffs-msnbc-is-not-your-friend/ https://ghionjournal.com/big-media-is-merely-an-expression-of-big-money-reading-stan-goffs-msnbc-is-not-your-friend/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:41:24 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15369

In a conversation I had with the writer and community activist Stan Goff back in the late Spring, he touched on an issue about political change at the local level that struck me as not only deeply relevant but also extremely helpful to fellow citizens who feel enervated by the violent spectacle and economic stagnation that is today’s (dis)United States. So, I’m going to quote him at length here: “The first thing we have to…

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In the Shadows: SCRB, the Firm Behind Kamala Harris and Other Prominent Politicians https://ghionjournal.com/in-the-shadows-scrb-the-firm-behind-kamala-harris-and-other-prominent-politicians/ https://ghionjournal.com/in-the-shadows-scrb-the-firm-behind-kamala-harris-and-other-prominent-politicians/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 22:55:34 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15358

Kamala Harris’ rise to power has been a polarizing one to say the least. Since 2010, when she was elected California Attorney General, she has remained in the spotlight — for good and for bad. One could make a decent argument that no politician has been more rhetorically eyebrow-raising over the last decade (current President excluded). Her persona almost demands attention; a Democrat version of a “Law and Order” candidate with an undeniable appeal to the Obama/Clinton…

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Making Money Off of Green Debt: Cory Morningstar Finds Corporate Wolves Behind Environmental Sheep https://ghionjournal.com/making-money-off-of-green-debt-cory-morningstar-finds-corporate-wolves-behind-environmental-sheep/ https://ghionjournal.com/making-money-off-of-green-debt-cory-morningstar-finds-corporate-wolves-behind-environmental-sheep/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 22:55:46 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15347

Building through the privatization-friendly Reagan-Bush era of the 1980s, ramping up significantly with Bill Clinton’s signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s, and solidified through the de facto repeal of the post-Great Depression separation between investment and commercial banks at the end of Clinton’s scandal-plagued final term in office at the turn of the millenium, the United States went through a very noticeable shift in how its economy functioned. Even…

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Proving Irony Isn’t Dead, World’s Largest Military Fears Joker Film Will Inspire Mass Shootings https://ghionjournal.com/proving-irony-isnt-dead-worlds-largest-military-fears-joker-film-will-inspire-mass-shootings/ https://ghionjournal.com/proving-irony-isnt-dead-worlds-largest-military-fears-joker-film-will-inspire-mass-shootings/#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:46:38 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15332

The U.S. Army has warned its soldiers away from screenings of the new movie The Joker, citing “disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web” about a mass shooting planned for a movie theater—seemingly validating the concerns of the media establishment’s film critics, who have been shrieking for weeks that the film will inspire real-life gun violence. But if the Pentagon is truly concerned about the cause of mass shootings, it would do well…

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Iran, Hong Kong, and the Desperation of a Declining U.S. Empire https://ghionjournal.com/iran-hong-kong-and-the-desperation-of-a-declining-u-s-empire/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:32:59 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15318

The U.S. empire’s global influence projects, especially the ones in Iran and Hong Kong, have a different nature from the ones that were carried out when American power was still in a stable state. There’s now an aspect of desperation to what America is doing abroad, an unacknowledged but ever-present reality that the purveyors of Western imperialism are fighting a losing battle against the inevitable process of imperial collapse. As the capitalist class loses its…

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Dear Destiny…Capitalism Can’t Be Reformed https://ghionjournal.com/dear-destiny-capitalism-cant-be-reformed/ https://ghionjournal.com/dear-destiny-capitalism-cant-be-reformed/#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:06:47 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15326

So there’s this popular Youtuber and Twitch streamer who goes by the handle “Destiny”. He came to online fame in 2017 after his debate with well-known YouTube personality JonTron went viral. Since then, Destiny has made a career of arguing against alt-right figures online. Recently, however, he’s taken to debating with leftists. During these debates, Destiny has made it clear that he has no desire to read or engage with leftist theory. As a result, he seems…

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MSM Defends CIA’s “Whistleblower”, Ignores Actual Whistleblowers https://ghionjournal.com/msm-defends-cias-whistleblower-ignores-actual-whistleblowers/ https://ghionjournal.com/msm-defends-cias-whistleblower-ignores-actual-whistleblowers/#respond Fri, 27 Sep 2019 19:13:17 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15313

Editor’s note: Not only have we published Caitlin’s latest piece here on Ghion Journal (see below) but, through the Words of Others podcast, you can hear a reading of it, as well as two other important pieces she’s published in the month of September. If listening is more your speed than reading at the moment, click ‘Play‘ and enjoy. Otherwise, scroll down to read Caitlin’s excellent article. (Incidentally, Caitlin recently completed a reading in her…

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Military Contractors and the Hidden Flow of Bipartisan Blood Money https://ghionjournal.com/military-contractors-and-the-hidden-flow-of-bipartisan-blood-money/ https://ghionjournal.com/military-contractors-and-the-hidden-flow-of-bipartisan-blood-money/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:54:37 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15305

Politics is, for lack of a better phrase, a messy business. Cash is king; and for the vast majority of elections, it directly correlates to victory or defeat. We are at a crossroads in society now where the general public is becoming more and more informed as to where all of this money is coming from, and just as importantly, where its all going. In this day and age, most candidates — Democrats especially — are swearing off money…

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Surveillance for Everybody: Reading Pt. 5 of Whitney Webb’s Research into the Epstein Network https://ghionjournal.com/surveillance-for-everybody-reading-pt-5-of-whitney-webbs-research-into-the-epstein-network/ https://ghionjournal.com/surveillance-for-everybody-reading-pt-5-of-whitney-webbs-research-into-the-epstein-network/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:05:48 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15298

There are times when a potential future peeks back at you from its existence up ahead. That’s the feeling I got when reading Whitney Webb’s latest investigative piece for Mint Press News, which continues her exploration of the divergent strands of Jeffrey Epstein’s life as a kidnapper, pedophile, sex trafficker, likely American and/or Israeli intelligence asset, and investor/bagman for mob-connected oligarchs. In many respects, Webb treats Epstein as what he was in a larger context,…

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Progressives Can’t Divide a Party We Don’t Belong To https://ghionjournal.com/progressives-cant-divide-a-party-we-dont-belong-to/ https://ghionjournal.com/progressives-cant-divide-a-party-we-dont-belong-to/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:13:30 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15292

l don’t think I know a single Progressive and/or Independent who isn’t accused on a daily basis of “splitting the party” or “being divisive” by centrist Democrats. The self-centered assumption that anyone who’s not a member of the GOP owes the other half of the oligarchy allegiance is beyond mind-boggling. I’ve been an Independent since 1983. I’m not dividing any party, as I don’t belong to any party. That’s the whole point of being an Independent. But…

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Examining Elizabeth Warren’s Political Identity: Is She Really a Rose? https://ghionjournal.com/examining-elizabeth-warrens-political-identity-is-she-really-a-rose/ https://ghionjournal.com/examining-elizabeth-warrens-political-identity-is-she-really-a-rose/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:18:06 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15286

“It is not surprising that Warren found no place in Washington. The cameo role she played on the national stage made her an idol to the leftmost part of President Obama’s coalition and a hate object for conservatives​—​and yet her understanding of the financial crisis is best described as populist, conservative, even right-wing. It arises from what has happened to the American middle class in the past four decades.”  Christopher Caldwell, “Elizbeth Warren, Closet Conservative”…

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It Just So Happens That Every Single Country the U.S. Doesn’t Like is a “Dictatorship” https://ghionjournal.com/it-just-so-happens-that-every-single-country-the-u-s-doesnt-like-is-a-dictatorship/ https://ghionjournal.com/it-just-so-happens-that-every-single-country-the-u-s-doesnt-like-is-a-dictatorship/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:51:37 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15214

In an interview from last month with Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said: “The level of legitimacy of the Bolivarian revolution, of Venezuelan democracy, the level of legitimacy of my leadership as president of the republic, of the governors, of the mayors, of the constituent members, of the legislators, is very high, it’s real. It’s what the KKK of the United States does not want to understand. They don’t want to understand…

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