Tom Dispatch

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-02 - Original post - cached version

These days, teaching graduating college seniors has me, as the Brits would say in the London Underground, “minding the gap.”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Class of 2020, wherever you are, I had planned to address you on this graduation day. But how can I?

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Many economists believe that a recession is already underway...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

There’s a meme that appears now and then on Facebook and other social media: “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-19 - Original post - cached version

This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism -- this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini’s Iran and Donald Trump’s...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

“Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-05 - Original post - cached version

The 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender in May 1945 ought to prompt thoughtful reflection...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-05-03 - Original post - cached version

At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and mortal consequences of the coronavirus would be asking, “What can we do to help?”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-30 - Original post - cached version

“Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-28 - Original post - cached version

Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise.

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Historically, in hyper-crises, local and global systems can change fundamentally...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-23 - Original post - cached version

My dad came from Brooklyn, which meant I was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan from the start.

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-21 - Original post - cached version

My mom contracted polio when she was 14.

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-19 - Original post - cached version

My partner and I have been fighting about politics since we met in 1965.

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-16 - Original post - cached version

In retrospect, it’s no surprise that, after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, dystopian fiction enjoyed a spike in popularity...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-12 - Original post - cached version

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes Covid-19, seemed to emerge from deepest history, from the Black Death of the 14th century and the “Spanish Flu” of 1918...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Every West Point class votes on an official motto...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Last month, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself playing the fiddle that was labeled “My next piece is called: nothing can stop what’s coming”...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-05 - Original post - cached version

To say that these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version

As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Before I found myself “sheltering in place,” this article was to be about women’s actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women’s Day...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Americans are facing “A Spring Unlike Any Before.” So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-22 - Original post - cached version

As each of my husband’s Navy submarine deployments came to an end, local spouses would e-mail me about the ship’s uncertain date of return...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying U.S. commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Every month, it seems, brings a new act in the Trump administration’s war on the media...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

However ambitious President Barack Obama's domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Whether you’re invested in the stock market or not, you’ve likely noticed that it’s been on a roller coaster lately...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Bizarrely enough, the spate of phone calls from recruiters began a couple of years ago...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-05 - Original post - cached version

Imagine, just for the sake of argument, that the president of the United States was an arrogant, information-challenged, would-be autocrat with a soft spot for authoritarian leaders from China, Russia, and North Korea to Egypt (“my favorite dictator”), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey......

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Here’s the truth of it: I’d like a presidential pardon...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version

Hold on to your helmets! It’s true the White House is reporting that its proposed new Pentagon budget is only $740.5 billion, a relatively small increase from the previous year’s staggering number...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version

In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we’ve grown accustomed to the impermanence of things...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

There is no significant anti-war movement in America because there’s no war to protest...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

The impeachment of the president of the United States! Surely such a mega-historic event would reverberate for weeks or months, leaving in its wake no end of consequences, large and small. Wouldn’t it? Shouldn’t it?

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

There once lived an odd little man -- five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet -- who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

My first question is simple enough: After 18-plus years of our forever wars, where are all the questions?

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump likes to posture as a tough guy and part of that tough-guy persona involves bragging about how much he’s spent on the U.S. military...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., a few miles from my home, I was at a karate dojo testing for my first belt...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

The expression “self-licking ice cream cone” was first used in 1992 to describe a hidebound bureaucracy at NASA...


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