Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt

nation_unmade_by_war.jpgTom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).Previous books include: Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). 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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From Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro to the CEOs of all those fossil-fuel companies, we’re still left with the pyromaniacs largely in charge. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
On the Precipice: The Collective Asteroid of Human History
Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get to my age , it's a subject that can't help but be on your mind. What's unusual is this: it's not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger sort end, too. It'...
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Protests marched against the state visit of US President Donald Trump on 4th June 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images Images) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
Invasion! When Donald Trump Attacks Planet Earth
He crossed the border without permission or, as far as I could tell, documentation of any sort. I’m speaking about Donald Trump’s uninvited, unasked-for invasion of my personal space. He’s there daily, often hourly, whether I like it or not, and I don’t have a Department of Homeland Security to...
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We are, in other words, already on a dystopian planet. (Photo Detail: Jim Bourg/Reuters, Paneikon) Views
Monday, August 19, 2019
2084: Is Donald Trump Big Brother?
I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one—and I suspect I've been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell's classic 1949 novel, 1984 . In it, Winston Smith, a secret opponent of the totalitarian world...
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Friday, July 19, 2019
Planet of the Surreal: Turning 75 in the Age of Trump
As I turn 75, there’s no simpler way to put it than this: I’m an old man on a new planet -- and, in case it isn’t instantly obvious, that’s not good news on either score. I still have a memory of being a camp counselor in upstate New York more than half a century ago. I was perhaps 20 years old and...
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We’re everywhere, remarkably well funded and well armed and ready to face off against the aggressors and provocateurs of this planet. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
We’re Not the Good Guys
Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian...
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Monday, June 17, 2019
If Donald Trump Is the Symptom... Then What’s the Disease?
Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you’re in a different land and, whatever happens to Donald Trump, the results down the line are likely to be ever less pretty. Trump...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
What Happened to the Global Anti-War Movement?
Call it strange, but call it something. After all, never in history had there been such active opposition to a war before it began. I’m thinking, of course, about the antiwar surge that, in the winter and early spring of 2003, preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Starting in the autumn of 2002, in...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The United States of... American Exceptionalism and Overseas Meddling
In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let's face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably...
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Plenty of 'Collusion' for The Ultimate Crime: Lighting the Earth on Fire
As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after hour, on screen after screen, channel after channel, you could see that 850-year-old cathedral, a visiting spot for 13 million people annually, being gutted, its roof timbers...
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There’s one possible American war still to come in the Greater Middle East. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0) Views
Monday, April 15, 2019
American War Is Off the Charts
Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain -- but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which “news” is the latest grotesque...
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