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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…

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America Will Likely Experience a Social Breakdown in the 2020s https://ghionjournal.com/america-will-likely-experience-a-social-breakdown-in-the-2020s/ https://ghionjournal.com/america-will-likely-experience-a-social-breakdown-in-the-2020s/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:30:06 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15529

The United States, like the other parts of the world that have been ravaged by rampant economic inequality and corporate despotism, is headed for a social breakdown. This gets more apparent every time wealth disparity is shown to be at a decades-high level, every time the military budget is expanded by billions of dollars to fight endless wars, every time the country’s militarized police shoot an innocent person. Ten or twenty years from now, our…

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Squeeze: Why Medicare for All Disrupts the Precarious Power of Capital https://ghionjournal.com/squeeze-why-medicare-for-all-disrupts-the-precarious-power-of-capital/ https://ghionjournal.com/squeeze-why-medicare-for-all-disrupts-the-precarious-power-of-capital/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:10:59 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15536

The first votes for the 2020 election follies have yet to be cast, and Capital is already spending vast sums of money to halt the one program they most fear right now — Medicare For All. There’s a simple reason for this, and that reason has two aspects. The reason is that Capital (writ large) has been in a profitability crisis for decades, which is what neoliberalism was developed to “correct.” Of the total social…

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Taking a Closer Look at the Sunrise Movement’s Shady Financials https://ghionjournal.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-the-sunrise-movements-shady-financials/ https://ghionjournal.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-the-sunrise-movements-shady-financials/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:00:30 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15532

Social change doesn’t come cheap. It costs time, sweat, will, and of course, money. We live in a society now that is rapidly evolving; voices are being amplified, movements are building — and none of these are more prevalent than the ones regarding the topic of climate change. Since 2016, the subject of what our species is doing (or not doing) to mitigate the damage we inevitably cause to our planet has become front and center in…

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Another U.S. Regime Change Operation May Be Taking Shape in Mexico https://ghionjournal.com/another-u-s-regime-change-operation-may-be-taking-shape-in-mexico/ https://ghionjournal.com/another-u-s-regime-change-operation-may-be-taking-shape-in-mexico/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 20:05:54 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15513

When it comes to Mexico, one can at this point easily spot the signs of a brewing U.S. regime change operation. Since Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected last year, he’s been thoroughly vilified by the U.S. media. After Brazil’s fascist president Jair Bolsonaro was elected, the Financial Times’ John Paul Rathbone even argued that Obrador is a greater threat to liberal democracy than Bolsonaro. Such views of Obrador have come from claims…

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The President’s Greatest Power Lies in Foreign Policy…and the Media Makes Sure Not to Talk About It https://ghionjournal.com/the-presidents-greatest-power-lies-in-foreign-policy-and-the-media-makes-sure-not-to-talk-about-it/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-presidents-greatest-power-lies-in-foreign-policy-and-the-media-makes-sure-not-to-talk-about-it/#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:50:26 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15517

In November, during the inane corporate product known as the 5th Democratic Debate, hardly a mention was made of foreign policy. In fact, the subject has been anathema during all these so-called debates (I took a debate class in college, and there is zero similarity), which might seem strange given that the arena where the President has the most unilateral power is precisely in foreign policy. The President of the United States can — theoretically, on…

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The Combined Power of Storytelling, Logic and Irreverence: Reading Caitlin Johnstone & Nathan J. Robinson https://ghionjournal.com/the-combined-power-of-storytelling-logic-and-irreverence-reading-caitlin-johnstone-nathan-j-robinson/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-combined-power-of-storytelling-logic-and-irreverence-reading-caitlin-johnstone-nathan-j-robinson/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:02:08 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15508

I‘m not going to offer a big essay this week, but what I will say is that where much of the country is either politically unengaged (a cultural issue that goes all the way back to Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations about our populace hundreds of years ago), too strapped to pay attention, or consumed with attending one or both of our various political theaters—the latest spectaculars being the impeachment hearings and the Democratic presidential primaries—it…

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How Fascists Took Power in Bolivia—and How They Can Be Defeated https://ghionjournal.com/how-fascists-took-power-in-bolivia-and-how-they-can-be-defeated/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-fascists-took-power-in-bolivia-and-how-they-can-be-defeated/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:21:44 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15501

The impulse of many First World leftists in the wake of last month’s coup in Bolivia has been to criticize Evo Morales and his ‘Movement Towards Socialism’ (MAS) movement. Some have claimed that Morales was ousted because he was “revisionist” or otherwise a failed leader. These pronouncements are often ostensibly made from a pro-Marxist-Leninist standpoint, yet they don’t acknowledge Marxism-Leninism’s analytical approach of assessing how the material conditions of a given situation impact the ways…

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Highways of Hegemony: Reading Act VI of Cory Morningstar’s Series on Green Capitalism https://ghionjournal.com/highways-of-hegemony-reading-act-vi-of-cory-morningstars-series-on-green-capitalism/ https://ghionjournal.com/highways-of-hegemony-reading-act-vi-of-cory-morningstars-series-on-green-capitalism/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:13:59 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15494

Over the course of six lengthy pieces of investigative journalism, Canadian activist and writer Cory Morningstar forces us into a recognition of how deep social engineering efforts can go, how patient they are—and how effective they can be. After recording a reading of this final piece of Morningstar’s Volume One, her penetrating gaze into the nonprofit industrial complex (and the huge amounts of capital that sit behind it), I went back and listened to it…

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25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish on Russia https://ghionjournal.com/25-times-trump-has-been-dangerously-hawkish-on-russia/ https://ghionjournal.com/25-times-trump-has-been-dangerously-hawkish-on-russia/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:54:27 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15489

CNN has published a fascinatingly manipulative and falsehood-laden article titled “25 times Trump was soft on Russia”, in which a lot of strained effort is poured into building the case that the US president is suspiciously loyal to the nation against which he has spent his administration escalating dangerous new cold war aggressions. The items within the CNN article consist mostly of times in which Trump said some words or failed to say other words;…

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How Money from Big Oil and Pipeline Developers Spills into the Democratic Party https://ghionjournal.com/how-money-from-big-oil-and-pipeline-developers-spills-into-the-democratic-party/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-money-from-big-oil-and-pipeline-developers-spills-into-the-democratic-party/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:44:40 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15482

Let’s get right down to business: the Democratic Party has a pipeline problem. After deciding to stop taking Big Oil money in 2018, then promptly reversing course, the DNC has all but proven that they value money over anything else — and they clearly don’t care much about where it comes from. The party that prides itself on being the driving force behind the climate change and conservation conversations have ultimately failed in their rhetoric, and more importantly,…

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The Big Lie of the 21st Century is That Climate Holocaust is Inevitable https://ghionjournal.com/the-big-lie-of-the-21st-century-is-that-climate-holocaust-is-inevitable/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-big-lie-of-the-21st-century-is-that-climate-holocaust-is-inevitable/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 23:44:40 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15460

The forces of fascism are busy these days trying to convince us of a deadly lie: That it’s desirable, natural, or inevitable for great amounts of poor and nonwhite people to die off because of climate change. This lie enters the discourse in many forms, both obvious and not. But every time it appears, it has to be countered with the declaration that we must not write off any lives as disposable or doomed; we…

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Corporate Media Studiously Avoids the Word “Coup” in Bolivia Reporting https://ghionjournal.com/corporate-media-studiously-avoids-the-word-coup-in-bolivia-reporting/ https://ghionjournal.com/corporate-media-studiously-avoids-the-word-coup-in-bolivia-reporting/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:42:20 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15470

There has been a military coup in Bolivia backed by violent right-wing rioters and the US government, but you’d hardly know this from any of the mainstream media headlines. “Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down following accusations of election fraud” proclaims CNN. “Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests” reports The Washington Post. “Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down” says The New York Times. “Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid fraud poll protests” declares the BBC. “President of Bolivia steps down amid allegations of election rigging” we…

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Mossad Mania with Ghislaine Maxwell & Jeffrey Epstein: Reading Whitney Webb’s Latest Research https://ghionjournal.com/mossad-mania-with-ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-reading-whitney-webbs-latest-research/ https://ghionjournal.com/mossad-mania-with-ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-reading-whitney-webbs-latest-research/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:02:28 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15463

Much to the chagrin of the corporate media and those who pull their strings, the indy media world isn’t letting the Jeffrey Epstein story get flushed down the memory hole. While there are numerous independent outlets—both video and digital print—that have continued to dig for information in the aftermath of Epstein’s dubious suicide, Whitney Webb of Mint Press News has arguably been the one to go furthest down the rabbit hole. In two recent pieces, which could…

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Regime Change in China Would Have Catastrophic Consequences https://ghionjournal.com/regime-change-in-china-would-have-catastrophic-consequences/ https://ghionjournal.com/regime-change-in-china-would-have-catastrophic-consequences/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:16:45 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15416

Today, I’m going to attempt to estimate what would happen if the China regime change advocates get the scenario they’re hoping for. As a thought experiment, let’s say that sometime in the next decade China’s government becomes so overwhelmed by Western economic warfare, U.S.-supported political unrest, and threats of military confrontation that Chinese Communist Party officials are forced to step down. A new government is then installed, fulfilling the wishes of Chinese billionaires like Guo…

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