Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book, co-authored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050. His other most recent book is The United States of Fear (Haymarket Books). Previous books include: The End of Victory Culture: a History of the Cold War and Beyond, The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, as well as of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing.  To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:45am
American Politics as a Billionaire’s Playground
Think of this as the year that democracy of, by, and for the billionaires shall not perish from the Earth -- not when we’re on a new electoral playing field in a political world in which distinctions are no longer made between unlimited money and unlimited speech. In other words, these days, if you...
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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:30am
What's Wrong with This Picture? Gas in Tanks and Cows in Clouds
Whatever you may imagine, “peak oil” has not been discredited as a concept, a statement no less true for “peak fossil fuels.” Think of them instead as postponed. We are, after all, on a finite planet that, by definition, holds a finite amount of oil, natural gas, and coal. Sooner or later, as such...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:15am
How America Made ISIS
Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a...
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:30am
In Iraq, A Bombing Program Designed for the Weapons Industry
Bombing Iraq, as retired Air Force lieutenant colonel William Astore indicates this week in “ The American Cult of Bombing ,” has become a national pastime. (These days, you can’t be president without sending in the bombers and drones.) So let’s try to get our heads around the latest U.S. air...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:30am
Going Wild in the Gaza War
The carnage in the Gaza Strip has been horrendous: more than 1,900 dead , mainly civilians; its sole power plant destroyed (and so electricity and water denied and a sewage disaster looming); 30,000 to 40,000 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed; hundreds of thousands of residents put to flight...
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Is the Apocalypse Us?
Think of it as the true end of the beginning. Last week, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the final member of the 12-man crew of the Enola Gay, the plane (named after its pilot’s supportive mother) that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died at age 93. When that first A-bomb left its bomb bay at 8:15...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 8:30am
The Fourth Branch: The Rise to Power of the National Security State
As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: it’s just not so. During the Cold War years and far more strikingly...
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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:45pm
Requiem for the American Century
First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.” Luce died in...
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U.S. soldiers are stuck in sand in southern Afghanistan. (Credit: wikimedia commons) Views
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:30am
Exceptional America in Decline: The US Empire as Basket Case
For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does -- torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it -- will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable . The only crimes that can now be...
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US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr/cc/MATEUS_27:24&25) Views
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 11:30am
The Great Exception (That Wasn't)
It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren’t exactly happy with Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations . Still, over the last year, the comments of such figures, politicians associated with them , and retirees from their world clearly channeling their feelings have had a...
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