Tom Engelhardt

shadowgovengelhardt.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). Previous books include Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (co-authored with Nick Turse), The United States of Fear, The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's, The End of Victory Culture: a History of the Cold War and Beyond, 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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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:45am
You Must Be Kidding! On War, Peace, and Absurdity
Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 2:30pm
Bombs Away! A 9/11 Retrospective of America's 15-Year Air War
On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers. One of those planes, thanks to the resistance of its passengers, crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The other three hit their targets...
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Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:15am
Retirement Syndrome and the National Security State
How, I’ve often wondered, can people who have spent their lives working in an institution, particularly in the military or some other part of the national security state, retire and suddenly see that same institution in a different and far more negative light? Once outside, they become, in essence...
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:30am
The Election from Hell
Yep, it finally happened. In early May , after a long, long run, the elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus were ushered into retirement in Florida where they will finish their days aiding cancer research . The Greatest Show on Earth was done with its pachyderms. The same...
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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 8:45am
Crimes Against the Future and the World After Me
I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue she had used as a girl to paste her life in place had given way, and on many pages the photos were now in a jumble. My mother was born early in the last century. Today,...
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Monday, July 18, 2016 - 7:45am
America’s Wars Come to "the Homeland"
Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American reality has gone unmentioned. The U.S. has been fighting wars—declared, half-declared, and...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:00am
Whose Century Is It? Life on an Increasingly Improbable Planet
Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it. The United States remains the planet’s sole superpower, as it has been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. “America,” the Russian president said , “is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that.” Think of us, in fact...
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Monday, June 6, 2016 - 1:30pm
Donald Trump Is the Mosquito, Not the Zika Virus
[Note to readers: I’ve long had a weakness for commencement addresses, or at least for what they might be rather than what they usually are, which is why I’ve written them relatively regularly myself. Since no actual college or graduating class has ever asked me to give such a speech, I’ve...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
Light at the End of Tunnel? America’s Endless War in the Greater Middle East
Here's last week’s good news on America’s war fronts: finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel! From one end of the Greater Middle East to the other, things are looking up for Washington. A U.S. Air Force drone struck for the first time in Baluchistan province and took out the leader of the...
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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:15am
“The People,” Missing in Action in America’s Wars
On February 15, 2003, an almost unimaginable 13-plus years ago, I took part in a court-banned antiwar march in New York City. The police, it turned out, couldn’t stop us (though they could, in various ways, pen us in). Depending on whether you believed the police or the demonstration's organizers,...
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