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This should have be an article announcing a big break and a milestone of sorts for the Ghion Journal. Yesterday morning, Matt Taibbi, one of the few mainstream journalists who I respect, replied back to an interview request I sent him and confirmed that he will join me tonight for a conversation on an online show I host called Seek Truth TV. Yet, my elation was immediately tempered by an uneasy feeling of trepidation. As…

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Reflecting Terence McKenna: There is Hope for HUmanity Yet https://ghionjournal.com/reflecting-terence-mckenna/ https://ghionjournal.com/reflecting-terence-mckenna/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:27:13 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12914

I often talk about the various reasons I still believe humanity has a fighting chance at rescuing itself from extinction and Orwellian dystopia, like the fact that our ability to network and share information is at an all-time high while trust in the mass media is at an all-time low, or the fact that humans have the capacity to radically transform their relationship with thought in a way that longtime teachers of this art say is becoming easier…

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Online Political Video: The Case for Independent Media Pt. 2 https://ghionjournal.com/online-political-video-the-case-for-independent-media-pt-2/ https://ghionjournal.com/online-political-video-the-case-for-independent-media-pt-2/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:57:41 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12871

Welcome to Part 2 of what shall be an ‘always-in-motion’ directory of independent political journalism and programming. This is an especially fun part of the directory because it’s where I’ll be not only be cataloging some stylistically traditional video-based journalism, but also a variety of political commentary and analysis that’s more risky, digitally native and scruffy than traditional written or broadcast journalism. One of the troubles with standard journalistic styles, both print and broadcast, is…

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First They Came After BDS: AIPAC and their Governmental Courtiers are Silencing Dissent https://ghionjournal.com/first-they-came-after-bds/ https://ghionjournal.com/first-they-came-after-bds/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:31:10 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12762

The character assassination against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her criticism of AIPAC is just the surface layer of how Israel is trying to crush those who oppose it. When gaslighting and misinformation campaigns don’t stop people from speaking out against power, power’s next step is always to silence dissent through intimidation from law enforcement. And this is what Israel is doing. The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill called the The Strengthening America’s Security in…

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Fool’s Gold: Socialism is Just Capitalism Inverted https://ghionjournal.com/socialism-just-capitalism-inverted/ https://ghionjournal.com/socialism-just-capitalism-inverted/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:13:52 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12862

Let me say this from the outset, even though it saddens me to do so. I know that there are a lot of people who are coming to this article triggered by the thought that I’m about to bash their political heroes. Likewise, an equal number of people are also sprinting to this article like Usain Bolt on fire thinking that I’m about to take their political nemesis to the woodshed. Let me disabuse you…

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Sanders Redux: Think Twice Before You Feel the Bern Again https://ghionjournal.com/before-you-feel-bern-again/ https://ghionjournal.com/before-you-feel-bern-again/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:39:22 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12848

During the 2016 Democratic primary season, I was one of the many “regular Americans” who donated $27 to the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Inspired by his uncompromising defense of the “disappearing middle class,” and hopeful that the enthusiasm at his rallies would make a difference at the polls, I really did believe—for the first time in a long time—that America had a “future to believe in.” As the 2016 season progressed, I watched in horror…

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Southern Exposure: Kamala Harris’s “Black” Problem https://ghionjournal.com/kamala-harris-black-problem/ https://ghionjournal.com/kamala-harris-black-problem/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:38:57 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12805

With the threat of Trump looming over the 2016 election, it was presumed the black community would turn out in full force to stop him from stepping foot into the White House. But instead, there was a massive 8% drop in turnout rate among African Americans. While Obama won 95% and 93% of the black vote in 2008 and 2012, Clinton only won 88% in 2016. White women threw another unexpected wrench into the works.…

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Ten Hut: a Special Message to Soldiers, Service Members and All of US https://ghionjournal.com/duty-honor-country/ https://ghionjournal.com/duty-honor-country/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:10:30 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12776

“Duty, Honor, Country—those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” This is an excerpt from a speech that General Douglas MacArthur gave on May 12, 1962 in front of cadets at West…

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The Man That is Many https://ghionjournal.com/man-that-is-many/ https://ghionjournal.com/man-that-is-many/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:06:42 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12759

If you’ll indulge me, I’m going to dispense with politics today. There’s been death in family and I figure we can all use a break from political viewpoints now and then (yes?). Today, I’m thinking more about both the smallness and the largeness of the individual life, and how each of our little consciousnesses contain within them so much more than we can possibly express or understand—and how they radiate outward with a force that…

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Ghion Dozen: Hands United for Empowerment https://ghionjournal.com/ghion-dozen-hands-united-empowerment/ https://ghionjournal.com/ghion-dozen-hands-united-empowerment/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:24:50 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12765

We are thinking about starting a volunteer group of sorts, a diverse gathering of free thinkers, where we will share ideas and implement plans to enhance the reach of the Ghion Journal. The goal is not growth for the sake of growth but growth for the sake of spreading the messages that more and more people are being drawn to. A lot of our readers love the work that we are doing at the Ghion…

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A Rare Sight in Congress: Ilhan Omar Gave Elliot Abrams His Comeuppance https://ghionjournal.com/ilhan-omar-elliot-abrams-comeuppance/ https://ghionjournal.com/ilhan-omar-elliot-abrams-comeuppance/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:27:16 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12753

Days after being smashed with a vicious establishment smear campaign to paint her as an antisemite for accurately criticizing AIPAC, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is already back on the horse aggressively disrupting the establishment narrative matrix that our rulers have worked so hard to construct for us. Elliott Abrams is a monster. The atrocities that he has facilitated, covered up and whitewashed in Panama, El Salvador, Gaza, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Iraq are utterly unforgivable, and the fact that he has been appointed as special envoy to Venezuela by the Trump administration…

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Tsebel: the Broken Water that Delivers Us https://ghionjournal.com/tsebel-the-broken-water-that-delivers-us/ https://ghionjournal.com/tsebel-the-broken-water-that-delivers-us/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:06:53 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12721

We never really heal, we just get better over time. Even then, the mending process is arduous—pain is the cost of doing the busyness of life. I write this in light of a private message I received this morning after I posted a video that I produced while I was homeless in Fort Colllins, Colorado. The gratitude and heart-felt appreciation that I received from a stranger whom I will never meet was like a violin…

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The Green New Deal: Doubling Down on Failure and Distracting US from This Core Problem https://ghionjournal.com/green-new-deal-doubling-down-failure/ https://ghionjournal.com/green-new-deal-doubling-down-failure/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:20:35 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12615

As the world is being pummeled by social and environmental crises, civilization is becoming starkly divided between a comfortable upper class and a massive underclass of disposable people. This is the consequence of creating a society where the vast majority of the resources are controlled by the rich. For just one example of the dynamic I’m describing, during last November’s California fires, the wealthy and well-off were able to escape the crisis easily. But for many…

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Trafficking in Bigotry: Russia Interference Narrative is the Ugly Face of Xenophobia https://ghionjournal.com/trafficking-in-bigotry-russia-interference-xenophobia/ https://ghionjournal.com/trafficking-in-bigotry-russia-interference-xenophobia/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:40:35 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12676

Imagine if news headlines read “Jews influenced US elections!”. Envision the outrage if politicians regularly appeared on TV to make unfounded assertions that Muslims are attacking our democracy. Imagine the outcry if media personalities like Rachel Maddow or Joy Reid explicitly blamed black people for Donald Trump’s election. Anyone who traffics in this type of bigotry and racism would be drummed out of office overnight and have their access card to mainstream media revoked quicker…

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No Direct Evidence of Russian Interference, but there is Direct Proof of Establishment Derangement https://ghionjournal.com/no-direct-evidence-of-russian-interference/ https://ghionjournal.com/no-direct-evidence-of-russian-interference/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:38:02 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=12656

When Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy for the presidency on CNN last month, I had a feeling I’d be writing about her a fair bit. Not because I particularly want her to be president, but because I knew her candidacy would cause the narrative control mechanizations of the political/media class to overextend themselves, leaving them open to attack, exposure, and the weakening of their control of the narrative. Mere hours before her campaign officially launched, NBC News…

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