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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We are all hostages to the blunderer who would never have been in the White House if it weren’t for a country that had already auctioned off its political system to the highest bidders and its government to the national security state. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 04, 2019
Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump
There can be no question about it. Donald Trump is Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts. "Off with his head!" was the president's essential suggestion for—to offer just one example—a certain whistleblower who fingered him on that now notorious Ukrainian phone call . And if The Donald hasn’t also been...
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Think of Donald Trump as the president of that decline or, if you prefer, as MR. BREXIT! (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 14, 2019
American Brexit
Donald Trump may prove to be the ultimate Brexiteer. Back in August 2016, in the midst of his presidential campaign, he proudly tweeted , "They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!" On the subject of the British leaving the European Union (EU) he's neither faltered nor wavered. That June, he was...
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Increasing numbers of the young are now starting to make demands and, in the wake of that march, I have the feeling that the demanding won’t stop until they get at least some of what they want -- and the rest of us so desperately need. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 30, 2019
Make America Greta Again
Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City -- one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000 ) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly collapsed. Which...
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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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