Tom Palaima

Tom Palaima

Tom Palaima, a MacArthur fellow and professor of Classics at University of Texas at Austin, has long taught and written about the human experience of war and violence.

Articles by this author

Black Lives Matter protest Views
Sunday, June 14, 2020
2020 Is Not 1968, But It Could Be
Opinion pieces recently have been comparing and contrasting what is going on in the year 2020 with what Americans went through in 1968. One such piece in the Washington Post focused on riots, pandemics, and the law-and-order theme in presidential campaigns. Others have focused on causally unrelated...
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President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Views
Sunday, December 22, 2019
The Trump Presidency is Reversing History
History never exactly repeats itself. But sometimes it reverses itself. It is doing that now. As Thucydides, the father of scientific history, observed, history can provide us with a road map to travel forward and backwards as we try to understand why human beings and human societies act as they do...
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A caricature of President Donald Trump. Views
Saturday, January 19, 2019
President Donald Trump and Political Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Back in August 2016, Angel M. Castillo, based on what was being said and done on the campaign trail, proposed as an analogy from psychiatry that Donald Trump and his supporters were suffering from a collective case of political Munchausen Syndrome. Boiled down, this means that although they were...
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IDF soldiers hold their weapons Views
Monday, June 25, 2018
Sniper’s War and Anti-Terrorist Terrorism
Have you ever been sniped at – a bullet “cracking” as it just misses you? Probably not, unless you’re ex-Army or Marines, a grunt fighting on foot, like my friend Ben Whitney (a pseudonym), a Vietnam vet and professor of history who has good reasons for wanting our joint piece to appear under my...
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