The Ghion Journal https://ghionjournal.com Fight Ignorance with Knowledge:: Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:41:54 +0000 en 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 We’re Just Not Their Constituents https://ghionjournal.com/not-their-constituents/ https://ghionjournal.com/not-their-constituents/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:16:06 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10479

If you’ve ever had occasion to read political theory, you’ll often come across critiques of capitalism that throw out phrases like “contradictions in the system”. It’s always bothered me that political theorists will use phrases like this and then move along as if there’s nothing to unpack. Like readers are just supposed to understand and think to themselves…”yup, ya got it right there, pardner. If’n yer system has got any a’them…uh…contradickshuns…hehehe, well, that’s a real…

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Smile Kid, Everything is Going to be OK https://ghionjournal.com/smile-kid/ https://ghionjournal.com/smile-kid/#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 02:24:12 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10473

A couple of days ago, while waiting to get an update about a situation that has been a source of great stress, I found myself overridden with anxiety about the future. My mind was racing with thoughts of failure and the fear of being subsumed by depression yet again. It was at this exact moment that a stranger walked by and said some unexpected words that gave me a temporary reprieve from worry and sparked…

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Bit Players Are Badass https://ghionjournal.com/bit-players-are-badass/ https://ghionjournal.com/bit-players-are-badass/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:00:58 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10463

Let’s say for the sake of argument that you’ve come to the following conclusions: That large corporations, the oligarchs that run them, their lobbyists and the military-industrial-intelligence complex pretty much control the federal government of the United States. That their greed and lust for power is killing people at home and around the world, accelerating catastrophic climate change, and making this country’s longstanding regional, economic, ethnic and social divisions terrifyingly worse. That what goes on…

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Women Hooded: a Time to Shed Imposed Identities https://ghionjournal.com/women-hooded/ https://ghionjournal.com/women-hooded/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:15:05 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10458

The audacity of our culture to celebrate anything masculine and diminish the feminine is beyond comprehension. Our silence, appeasement and gentleness has allowed it to continue because it fits our profile and upbringing; in the quest to always do what is right, we end up devaluing ourselves. Think of all the times you were told to let it go, that they are just boys, or how frequently you were told “what can you do about…

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Context is Queen: A Broader View of Serena Williams https://ghionjournal.com/a-broader-view-of-serena-williams/ https://ghionjournal.com/a-broader-view-of-serena-williams/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:37:13 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10439

To me, there’s something truly special about tennis. It captured my imagination as a kid and, in the years since, has never loosened its grip on my head or my heart. All the drama, the struggle, the passion, the talent inherent in the game galvanized me at a time when I was wide open to intensity. I remember once getting so caught up in the tension of a Jimmy Connors match that I flipped out…

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Aaron Maté is a Beast! https://ghionjournal.com/aaron-mate-is-a-beast/ https://ghionjournal.com/aaron-mate-is-a-beast/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:17:34 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10425

This statement was admiringly blurted out by political vlogger Jamarl Thomas on his program The Progressive Soapbox last week. What he was talking about was a recent interview that Aaron Maté, producer, journalist and on-air talent at Paul Jay’s Real News Network, did with veteran journalist James Risen, currently of The Intercept. What did they discuss? The jailing of Reality Winner—Risen’s source for a leaked NSA document about potential Russian digital interference in the 2016…

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Respect For The Dead Does Not Include Lying For Them https://ghionjournal.com/respect-for-the-dead/ https://ghionjournal.com/respect-for-the-dead/#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 13:15:55 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10411

I think they’re having some memorial for John McCain over in Phoenix today as I write this. I say “I think” because I don’t really care when it is; today, tomorrow, ten years from now. What difference does it make? See, on a spiritual level, I don’t really understand all this massive funeral and honor paid to the dead body thing. It’s a dead body. The dead body does not care if the planned massive…

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I Want to Live in Truth https://ghionjournal.com/live-in-truth/ https://ghionjournal.com/live-in-truth/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:15:49 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10388

I am sick to death of the illusions and lies we are forced to swallow day in and day out. All I want, is to live in truth. I want to deal with facts, with honesty, and with logic. I want to work with other people to find realistic solutions to the problems we face. I want to change the conditions of suffering because I believe it is infinitely possible to do so. All of…

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Want to Reckon with Facebook? Make Like Lloyd Dobler https://ghionjournal.com/reckon-with-facebook/ https://ghionjournal.com/reckon-with-facebook/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:21:10 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10370

Back in the pre-Facebook days of the early 2000’s I was living in Somerville, Massachusetts. It’s one of those dingy mid-20th century looking towns set on the edge of a more important city, that being the educational stronghold of Cambridge. I was out of college, but I had some friends at the time who were Harvard students — crazy smart, mature-beyond-their-years young’uns who, refreshingly, socialized outside the usual Ivy League enclaves. At some point, in…

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Goddamn it, they’re loving each other! https://ghionjournal.com/love-each-other/ https://ghionjournal.com/love-each-other/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 11:52:09 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10345

It’s not easy to see your own culture clearly. It stands to reason. How can you see through the broth when you live in the soup? There are a few things that help, though. Like traveling outside the country, getting to know some other cultures, and then coming back. That will definitely change your perspective. Another way is to read the work of non-natives who have spent some time in your land. They don’t really…

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Moving Beyond the Value Set of Capitalism https://ghionjournal.com/moving-beyond-capitalism/ https://ghionjournal.com/moving-beyond-capitalism/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:10:14 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10331

How many times have you heard this: “So, how’s work?” And by this I mean, heard this before you are asked how you are, how your family is, or what’s new in your life. As if everything you are is defined by your job—or your ability to hold one or have one. It somehow comes before your personal well-being and your family. If that isn’t enough, how many times have you heard this: “So what…

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TribalUSm: Colonization Unleashed with Ruthless Efficiency in America https://ghionjournal.com/colonization-unleashed/ https://ghionjournal.com/colonization-unleashed/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 02:20:58 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10358

I first wrote about it when I was a sophomore at George Mason University. Always curious how a continent that is home to more than a billion people somehow was subdued and conquered by foreign interlopers, it suddenly dawned upon that there was a colonization playbook that is always used by nations France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Up until that epiphany occurred during my second year in college, I assumed the technological…

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Blinding Devotion: Vote Blue No Matter Who is Political Masochism https://ghionjournal.com/political-masochism/ https://ghionjournal.com/political-masochism/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 13:06:41 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10272

When neo-lib Dems insist you vote Blue, they never once mention what their Party will do to help the average American get through these dismal times. It would seem it’s not considered necessary to explain themselves to mere serfs. They demand your fealty, but offer nothing in return but endless variations of the phrase “Do you want TRUMP to win?” Someone needs to break it to the DNC that “We’re Not That Guy” is NOT…

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Stop Asking “How will we pay for it?” When it Comes to Doing the Right Thing https://ghionjournal.com/how-will-we-pay-for-it/ https://ghionjournal.com/how-will-we-pay-for-it/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:46:40 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10312

I‘m getting tired of hearing “How will we pay for it?” when it comes to proposed socialized medicine. This question is supposed to be a debate ender and is meant to draw people into dead-end arguments over budgets and taxes. But, in fact, it’s not a dead end; we’re just looking for answers to that question in the wrong place. People act like socialized medicine is some black hole where billions of dollars will disappear.…

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Mainstream WeDia: The State of News Is Our State of Mind https://ghionjournal.com/mainstream-wedia/ https://ghionjournal.com/mainstream-wedia/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:52:20 +0000 https://ghionjournal.com/?p=10302

I have written on copious occasions about the broken state of mainstream media and the way a once respected profession has sunk into the abyss of sensationalism and foolishness. Yet, the more I observe, the more I realize that society is the driver of this intentional puerility that is being injected into the public square by the so-called “fourth estate”. If there is a market for the drivel that is presented as news, it’s because…

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