The Ghion Journal https://ghionjournal.com Our Pens Are Our sWORDS:: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:02:08 +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 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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The Green New Deal & What it Leaves Out: Reading Act V of Cory Morningstar’s Research https://ghionjournal.com/the-green-new-deal-what-it-leaves-out-reading-act-v-of-cory-morningstars-research/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-green-new-deal-what-it-leaves-out-reading-act-v-of-cory-morningstars-research/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:57:56 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15449

For last week’s Words of Others podcast, I read Act V of investigative journalist Cory Morningstar’s ongoing series about the NGO Industrial Complex. It’s a lengthy piece titled For Consent: The Green New Deal is the Trojan Horse for the Financialization of Nature. As is per usual for Morningstar, she wades through an exhaustive amount of research to demonstrate the contradictions between the prospect of a mass and state-mobilized systems-level transition away from a pollution-…

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Power Worshippers: Mainstream Journalists Who Refuse to Defend Dissident Journalists https://ghionjournal.com/power-worshippers-mainstream-journalists-who-refuse-to-defend-dissident-journalists/ https://ghionjournal.com/power-worshippers-mainstream-journalists-who-refuse-to-defend-dissident-journalists/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 21:41:48 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15444

Alternative media circles have been buzzing for the last two days ever since news broke about the arrest of Grayzone journalist Max Blumenthal, who was reportedly jailed for two days after a SWAT-style police team showed up threatening to break his door down last Friday. Blumenthal is charged with simple assault alleged to have taken place five months ago during the notorious standoff when the U.S. government was working to remove the official Venezuelan government from its D.C. embassy and replace…

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The Stench of Fear: Buttigieg, Democrats, Trump & Political Crisis https://ghionjournal.com/the-stench-of-fear-buttigieg-democrats-trump-political-crisis/ https://ghionjournal.com/the-stench-of-fear-buttigieg-democrats-trump-political-crisis/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:18:57 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15435

No one can now deny that the Sanderistas have successfully infiltrated the Establishment’s perimeter. Regardless of what many say, and in spite of my allergy to conspiracy epistemes, The Democratic Party neoliberals have coordinated a . . . “strategy” . . . to defeat the existential threat posed by the Sanderista movement. This Establishment “strategy,” however, has been revised more than once, and is quickly approaching a chaotic bifurcation—one that’s occurring in a dynamic system in which…

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Eating Their Own: How the Clinton Wing is Retaliating Against Gabbard by Funding Her Opponent https://ghionjournal.com/eating-their-own-how-the-clinton-wing-is-retaliating-against-gabbard-by-funding-her-opponent/ https://ghionjournal.com/eating-their-own-how-the-clinton-wing-is-retaliating-against-gabbard-by-funding-her-opponent/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 19:12:37 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15420

If you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to the national political discourse in the last week, you undoubtedly know at least one thing: Hillary Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard do not like one another. The reasons for this could theoretically stretch back to 2016, when Gabbard stepped down from her Vice-Chair position at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to endorse Clinton’s opponent — Bernie Sanders. Most recently, and more importantly most tangibly, a war of words sparked between the…

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How Far Will We Let Them Take It? Reading Suzie Dawson’s ‘Understanding World War III’ https://ghionjournal.com/how-far-will-we-let-them-take-the-game-of-death-reading-suzy-dawsons-understanding-world-war-iii/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-far-will-we-let-them-take-the-game-of-death-reading-suzy-dawsons-understanding-world-war-iii/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:20:24 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15409

For those who, at one time in their life or another, committed themselves to a certain depth of study regarding World War II, a few prevalent themes about pre-Nazi Germany usually get explored. One is the extraordinary economic humiliation suffered by German citizens after their country came out on the losing end of the struggle between imperial powers that occurred in World War I. With severe reparation penalties exacted on Germany from that brutal war’s…

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Zombie Nation: the Democratic Party is Dead, and Everyone Knows it But Them https://ghionjournal.com/zombie-nation-the-democratic-party-is-dead-and-everyone-knows-it-but-them/ https://ghionjournal.com/zombie-nation-the-democratic-party-is-dead-and-everyone-knows-it-but-them/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 21:14:51 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=15395

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, thought to have finally retired from politics after an embarrassing electoral loss to a politically inexperienced reality show personality, is threatening to enter the 2020 race, serving up reheated Cold War fear-mongering and an ironclad sense of royal privilege to a Trump-weary populace. A morally and fiscally bankrupt Democratic Party is poised to enable this sick drama with the help of a spineless and compliant media. How could this possibly happen? Surely Democrats learned their…

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