Tom Engelhardt

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Donald Trump proved a media heaven and a living hell. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Saying Goodbye to the Con-Man-in-Chief
2021 has indeed begun and god knows what it has in store for us. But unless, somehow, we’re surprised beyond imagining, The Donald is indeed going to leave the White House soon and, much as I hate to admit it, in some strange fashion we’re going to miss him. Of course, it will be beyond a great...
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Christmas wreaths are installed at the White House on November 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House is still planning Holiday parties despite federal and state warning about Covid-19 in the middle of a pandemic. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
What If, After 9/11, George W. Bush Had Thrown Parties?
'Tis the season to be folly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Don(ald) we now our gay apparel, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!... It's party time in the nation's capital and the Christmas spirit reigns supreme, even if the Texas Republican Party does want to secede from the Union. I mean, who doesn't? And...
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Donald Trump was the messenger from hell when it came to a falling empire on a failing planet. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
The History of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire
We're now living in an age of opacity, as Rudy Giuliani pointed out in a courtroom recently. Here was the exchange : "'In the plaintiffs' counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,' Giuliani said. 'I'm not quite sure I know what opacity means...
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"Who can doubt that Donald Trump himself was the personification of hell on Earth?" writes Engelhardt. (Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
State of Chaos
In 2016 as now, he was the candidate of chaos. Yes, he was a billionaire (or wanna-be billionaire or in-hock billionaire , not to mention a liar, a cheat, and a scoundrel), but from the beginning, he appealed to the forces of order in America that were also, as it happened, the forces of chaos...
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In a racially coded and distinctly nationalist fashion, Nixon brought southern whites in the formerly Democratic bastions of the South definitively into the Republican fold. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images and CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 02, 2020
We've Been on Donald Trump's Road for a Long, Long Time
It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught...
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His urge is visibly not just to be an autocrat, but to commit mass murder nationwide and on a planetary scale deep into the future. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, October 05, 2020
America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction
Yes, when he was running for president, he did indeed say : "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible." Then he won—and this November 3rd (or thereafter), whether he wins or loses, we're likely to find out that, when...
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There’s no question that, at the beck and call of the fossil-fuel industry, Donald Trump and his demonic crew have worked without qualms or remorse to ensure that this would be a fiery and furious America. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 21, 2020
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen
It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator. In fact, in typical Trumpian fashion, he was pissed at the Korean leader and, no less typically, he lashed out verbally, threatening that country with a literal hell on Earth. As he put it, "...
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"Donald J. Trump has given American carnage new meaning and, in his singular way, lent a remarkable hand to the transformation of this country," writes Engelhardt. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Fourth World or American Carnage From a Pandemic President
The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe’s lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be- indispensable nation . The only one left—alone, utterly alone and triumphant atop the world. Who could have asked for more? Or better? It had...
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Monday, August 10, 2020
It Could Have Been Different
Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly. Of course, I can’t claim I ever really imagined such a place. Who, in their youth, considers their death and the world that might accompany it, the one you might leave behind for younger generations? I’m 76 now. True...
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By the time this crew is done, it may be nobody’s century.(Photo: Carlo Allegri/ Reuters) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Donald J. Trump as Osama bin Laden's Revenge
It’s July 2020 and I’m about to turn 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald J. Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly white...
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