The Ghion Journal https://ghionjournal.com Our Pens Are Our sWORDS:: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:29:26 +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 Before the American Empire Collapses, It Could End Up Starting World War III https://ghionjournal.com/before-the-american-empire-collapses-it-could-end-up-starting-world-war-iii/ https://ghionjournal.com/before-the-american-empire-collapses-it-could-end-up-starting-world-war-iii/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 22:29:26 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14878

In his 2004 book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins frames the story of the American empire as a kind of grand tragedy, one where human folly results in a vast, multi-generational saga of pain and suffering. He describes how the largest empire in history has been primarily constructed not through military conquest, but through assimilating vulnerable countries into the U.S. empire’s network of corporate enterprise. During the post-World War II period of…

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In Desperate Search of Leadership: Ethiopia Takes One More Step Towards the Abyss https://ghionjournal.com/ethiopia-takes-one-more-step-towards-abyss/ https://ghionjournal.com/ethiopia-takes-one-more-step-towards-abyss/#respond Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:45:13 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14864

Let me admit from the outset that I’m still in the process of deciphering news from propaganda, we have a source in Ethiopia who is chasing down leads and verifying information on the ground so that we can arrive at an objective conclusion about the events that unfolded yesterday. It is imperative that we do not jump to any inferences without knowing as much of the facts as possible. Too often, what is initially reported…

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A Reading of Suzie Dawson’s ‘Freeing Julian Assange’, Pt. 2 https://ghionjournal.com/a-reading-of-suzie-dawsons-freeing-julian-assange-pt-2/ https://ghionjournal.com/a-reading-of-suzie-dawsons-freeing-julian-assange-pt-2/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:32:39 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14854

In Part 2 of her multi-part investigative series, ‘Freeing Julian Assange’, Suzie delves into where the smears come from that Wikileaks has been a tool or collaborator with both Donald Trump and the government of Russia in its release of documents damaging to the Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. This is knotty stuff, but listen closely and you won’t have too much trouble tracking the serpentine path between U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies and those…

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The Farce of “Democracy”: Acronyms, Presidential Liars and Ministers of Death https://ghionjournal.com/the-farce-of-democracy/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-farce-of-democracy/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:45:29 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14845

Lend me an ear my fellow countrymen and women for I am about to divulge a nasty little secret about a bill of goods called “democracy” that has been sold around the world as the alpha and omega of freedom. It’s not really a secret that I’m spilling as much as I’m outlining a basic hustle that politicians of all stripes, ideology and shades have been using to dupe their followers and gain power at…

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Why Do We Let an Itty-Bitty Fringe Group Lord Over Us and Call it Democracy? https://ghionjournal.com/why-do-we-let-an-itty-bitty-fringe-group-lord-over-us-and-call-it-democracy/ https://ghionjournal.com/why-do-we-let-an-itty-bitty-fringe-group-lord-over-us-and-call-it-democracy/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 18:26:05 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14835

It’s an irrefutable fact that multi-millionaires are almost exclusively governing this country. The oligarchs have free reign over every aspect of our lives (so much for that “small government” spiel, huh?) We went from bad to much, much worse with Citizens United. These privileged plutocrats make all the rules — and those rules invariably favor themselves and not the American people. Politics has always been the domain of the wealthy, but their povertysocio-pathic disregard for those they govern is…

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A Reading of Suzie Dawson’s ‘Freeing Julian Assange’ https://ghionjournal.com/a-reading-of-suzie-dawsons-freeing-julian-assange/ https://ghionjournal.com/a-reading-of-suzie-dawsons-freeing-julian-assange/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:49:43 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14814

A lot has been written and said about Julian Assange and Wikileaks during these past eight years or so, while Assange has been essentially on the run from the U.S. deep state and its complicit partners in other countries, Congress, the Executive branch, the Department of Justice and the judiciary. Most of it has been brazen propaganda in service of the powerful. But some of it has been essential—essential because of a small group of…

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Seven Reasons to Be Highly Skeptical of the Recent Gulf of Oman Incident https://ghionjournal.com/seven-reasons-to-be-highly-skeptical-of-the-recent-gulf-of-oman-incident/ https://ghionjournal.com/seven-reasons-to-be-highly-skeptical-of-the-recent-gulf-of-oman-incident/#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:34:42 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14803

In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency…

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There’s Another Crash Coming, and We’ve Got to Be Ready https://ghionjournal.com/theres-another-crash-coming-and-weve-got-to-be-ready/ https://ghionjournal.com/theres-another-crash-coming-and-weve-got-to-be-ready/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:08:16 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14708

The narrative that President Trump has created a recent “economic miracle” is ridiculous fiction. Amid continually rising inequality and a recession that’s ongoing for a huge swath of people, living standards are either stagnating or worsening. For the average person, the supposed economic boom of the last two years hasn’t been materially perceptible. Real wage growth has fallen since 2006, and it only increased 1.9% in 2018. Around half of Americans are poor by modern standards,…

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How to Win When the Party’s Got It In For You: Stan Goff on the Sanders Campaign https://ghionjournal.com/how-to-win-when-the-partys-got-it-in-for-you-stan-goff-on-the-sanders-campaign/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-to-win-when-the-partys-got-it-in-for-you-stan-goff-on-the-sanders-campaign/#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:51:14 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14773

Readers may recall a piece we published here on The Ghion Journal last month, an interview I conducted about political strategy and tactics with author, journalist, organizer and veteran Stan Goff. In a side trip to that longer journey of a conversation, Stan and I discussed his ideas about tactical agility and the way he sees these ideas playing out in the early stages of Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, amidst considerable establishment opposition. .…

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Election? What Election? Europe’s Elite Will Censor Their Way Out of This Mess (or Die Trying) https://ghionjournal.com/election-what-election-europes-elite-will-censor-their-way-out-of-this-mess-or-die-trying/ https://ghionjournal.com/election-what-election-europes-elite-will-censor-their-way-out-of-this-mess-or-die-trying/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:17:18 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14762

Editor’s note: I’m pleased to introduce Ghion Journal readers to Helen Buyniski, who I’ve been reading with great interest for some time. Known in particular for her investigations into the ideological underpinnings of Wikipedia and its propagating of various kinds of misinformation, Helen conducts her research in depth and pens her words with bite. I hope you’ll give her inaugural piece your undue attention. . . . . . . . . . . .…

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First They Replace Your Name, Next They Erase Your Existence https://ghionjournal.com/they-erase-your-existence/ https://ghionjournal.com/they-erase-your-existence/#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:08:50 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14734

To the victor goes the spoil. This adage has been recounted throughout human history. Most understand this to mean that conquerors get to take from the conquered and that the victors have authority over the defeated. But there is another aspect of subjugation that is often neglected; forget the gun, the most powerful weapon of colonizers is the pen and the hands of paid educators who wield it. People are defeated by weapons; they are…

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The Rocky Road to Roe v. Wade https://ghionjournal.com/the-rocky-road-to-roe-v-wade/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-rocky-road-to-roe-v-wade/#respond Sat, 08 Jun 2019 15:34:54 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14721

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Roe v. Wade. This established that the constitutional right to privacy included a person’s right to make their own medical decisions. Therefore, the ruling meant a woman choosing to have an abortion must be able to do so without interference from the government. Imagine that. Grown women granted the right of bodily sovereignty like the adults that…

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Donald Trump is the Most Honest U.S. President of All Time https://ghionjournal.com/donald-trump-is-the-most-honest-u-s-president-of-all-time/ https://ghionjournal.com/donald-trump-is-the-most-honest-u-s-president-of-all-time/#respond Thu, 06 Jun 2019 20:29:09 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14713

Originally published on Caitlin’s website on June 4th. I happened upon some pictures from Trump’s UK visit with Queen Elizabeth yesterday, which isn’t something I’d normally care about. The British royals are basically just oligarchs who rub your face in it, and the fluffy media publicity around a monarch of one murderous kleptocratic imperialist regime meeting the leader of another murderous kleptocratic imperialist regime is something I’d usually try to avoid looking at or commenting…

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Now That the Media is Turning in Assange’s Favor, There’s a Chance to Free Him https://ghionjournal.com/now-that-the-media-is-turning-in-assanges-favor-theres-a-chance-to-free-him/ https://ghionjournal.com/now-that-the-media-is-turning-in-assanges-favor-theres-a-chance-to-free-him/#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 21:06:08 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14674

The MSNBC website’s caption for the recent pro-Assange Rachel Maddow segment was hilariously begrudging. The caption reads: “as detestable a character as Assange may be, the charges are an assault on American press liberties.” Now that many of the media propagandists who, for all intents and purposes, helped create the current crisis for journalism are being forced to backtrack in their war against Julian Assange, it seems insulting his character is their only way to…

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Legacy Democrats: The Party Abandoned You and Itself a Long Time Ago https://ghionjournal.com/legacy-democrats-the-party-abandoned-you-and-itself-a-long-time-ago/ https://ghionjournal.com/legacy-democrats-the-party-abandoned-you-and-itself-a-long-time-ago/#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2019 23:18:11 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=14691

Many families have long-standing traditions kept alive more out of habit than desire. Things you do because you’ve always done it, like your parents and grandparents before you. You know, stuff like Thanksgiving at Aunt Mary’s, naming sons after their fathers, and automatically voting for the same political party. The latter is the star of our show today. Meet the Legacy Democrat, whose family has always voted Democrat. Unthinkingly voted Democrat. For generations. These aren’t…

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