Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

Which Country Has Meddled with the Most Elections?

Jun 13, 2019

Even though most Americans might find it hard to believe, the US was not the first country to have an election meddled with by an intrusive foreign power. In the US, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling,...

American War Is Off the Charts

Apr 23, 2019

As the 2020 elections approach, watch out: There’s one possible American war still to come in the greater Middle East. 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...

“The Bleeding Wound” — Afghanistan and the Implosion of America

Feb 26, 2019

Donald Trump was right that Russia’s Afghan misadventure is a remarkably logical place to start when considering the present American debacle in that same country. As I approach 75, I’m having a commonplace experience for my age. I live with a brain that’s beginning to dump previously secure memories —...

Things Could Get a Lot Uglier on Earth

Feb 13, 2019

Donald Trump may not care, but there is no time to spare and no more burning issue on planet Earth than climate change. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater 150-kilometers...

News from the Far Side of Nowhere

Dec 20, 2018

Unbelievably enough, despite all evidence to the contrary, there’s still an actual world out there beyond news about Donald Trump. “Breaking News!” — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United...

Donald Trump and the Media: A Match Made in Hell?

Nov 21, 2018

It’s hard not to feel that we are all now eternally watching two sets of addicts who simply can’t exist without or get enough of each other. Face it: It’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it’s he or...

Thoughts on Election Day 2018

Nov 06, 2018

Americans are voting in the 2018 midterm elections, which is seen as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. Who could forget that moment? The blue [red] wave — long promised but also doubted — had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress]...

What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?

Oct 25, 2018

The one thing Donald Trump will be remembered for is his desire to put us all on an escalator to hell. I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does — any tweet, any insult at any rally — is the news of the day,...

Humanity’s Failed Experiments

Aug 01, 2018

There is a planet-wide experiment that seems to be failing. You could think of it as humanity’s experiment with industrial civilization. There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late 60s, I was always 40 years old; I...

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained

Jul 02, 2018

In the 21st century, insurgent movements, now largely religious or terror-based or both, offer a grim new version of containment to the last superpower. Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with...

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