Tom Engelhardt

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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 10:00am
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 3, 2017 - 9:45am
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 - 8:45am
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 - 10:15am
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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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
Was 11/8 a New 9/11?
For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren’t to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet...
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Monday, November 14, 2016 - 9:00am
Through the Gates of Hell: From the Invasion of Iraq to Donald Trump
The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination. So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,”...
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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:15am
Resurrecting My Parents From the Dead for Election 2016
To say that this is the election from hell is to insult hell. There’s been nothing like this since Washington forded the Rubicon or Trump crossed the Delaware or delivered the Gettysburg Address (you know, the one that began “Four score and eleven women ago...”) -- or pick your own seminal moment...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 10:30am
War to the Horizon (and Nary a Word About It)
War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you’ll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we’re at war. Right now, the U.S. is ever more deeply involved in significant conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and increasingly...
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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:00am
He Who Lives by the Media Dies by the Media
Consider it justice (of a sort): he who lives by the media dies by the media. I’m talking -- as if you had a scintilla of doubt -- about Donald Trump. If the Washington Post’s release of a video of his lewd conversation with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush (that family again!) on his way to the set...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:45pm
This Is Not About Donald Trump
This is not about Donald Trump. And I mean it. From the moment the first scribe etched a paean of praise to Nebuchadnezzar into a stone tablet, it’s reasonable to conclude that never in history has the media covered a single human being as it has Donald Trump. For more than a year now, unless a...
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