Tom Engelhardt

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Monday, April 24, 2017
The Chameleon Presidency
MOAB sounds more like an incestuous , war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.” Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention. He...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It
On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of Trump. The first, “ Hippie Modernism ,” an exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s (heavy on psychedelic posters), was appropriately enough at...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Running Over Future Generations
Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “ national (in)security .” They've also been the lifeblood of a media machine that loves to focus 24/7 on immediate and obvious...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator ) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq. Donald Trump may have been...
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Monday, February 27, 2017
The Art of the Trumpaclysm
It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens ?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending. What a hit it's been! It’s driving people back to newspapers (online, if not in print) and...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: A Preview of the Trump Era Crimes to Come
It started in June 2015 with that Trump Tower escalator ride into the presidential race to the tune of Neil Young’s “ Rockin’ in the Free World .” (“ But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead, there's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead, don't feel like Satan, but I am to them..." )...
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Monday, January 23, 2017
How Not To Predict the Future
They call themselves the U.S. “ Intelligence Community ,” or the IC. If you include the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which in 2005 began as a crew of 12 people , including its director, and by 2008 had already grown to a staff of 1,750 , there are 17 members (adding up to...
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The Real Face of Washington (and America)
Know thyself . It was what came to mind in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory and my own puzzling reaction to it. And while that familiar phrase just popped into my head, I had no idea it was so ancient, or Greek, or for that matter a Delphic maxim inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Dystopian Donald: Will Trump Make 1984 Look Like a Nursery Tale?
Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of what unfettered capitalism is likely to mean in an ever more unequal country, now that its version of 1% politics...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
An Administration of Losers?
In a sense, human history could be seen as an endless tale of the rise and fall of empires. In the last century alone, from the Hapsburgs and Imperial Japan to Great Britain and the Soviet Union, the stage was crowded with such entities heading for the nearest exit. By 1991, with the implosion of...
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