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Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-18 - Original post - cached version

I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shotAmílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept us safe...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

"Westerns" may have been America's most versatile art form...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version

One afternoon in New York City in the spring of 1964, I marched at the head of a small civil rights demonstration, one of the few white people in the group. I was carrying a watermelon. It was a Dick Gregory joke...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what the media increasingly refers to as “record” territory, as climate change’s momentum outpaces predictions...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

Along rivers prone to overflowing, people sometimes talk of preparing for a 100-year flood -- a dangerous surge of muddy, debris-filled water so overwhelming it appears only once a century...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

At its best, the Earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-28 - Original post - cached version

Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

As I turn 75, there’s no simpler way to put it than this: I’m an old man on a new planet -- and, in case it isn’t instantly obvious, that’s not good news on either score...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin......

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

I have never said this publicly before, but in December 1974 I had an abortion...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

Put up with me for just a moment while I wax literary...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-25 - Original post - cached version

A half-century ago, the sporting Cassandras predicted that the worst values and sensibilities of our increasingly corrupted civic society would eventually affect our sacred games: football would become a gladiatorial meat market, basketball a model of racism, college sports a paradigm of...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-23 - Original post - cached version

When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, Americans took to the streets all across the country to protest their instantly endangered rights...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

How best to describe the recently completed allied commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France? Two words come immediately to mind: heartfelt and poignant...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spadedie by their own hand...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

More and more, we look into our screens and gizmos...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-04 - Original post - cached version

From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version

The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-30 - Original post - cached version

American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group -- the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers -- suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-21 - Original post - cached version

In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by describing two photographs...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-09 - Original post - cached version

On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in -- on a gurney on my way to the ER...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-07 - Original post - cached version

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure... 

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-05 - Original post - cached version

"War is the great auditor of institutions," the historian Corelli Barnett once observed...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

“Al-Shebab,” said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-28 - Original post - cached version

More than a decade ago, I saw the future -- and it sure looked bleak...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version

As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-23 - Original post - cached version

I never intended to run a marathon, but when I realized that I would be on hand for the 2019 Palestine Marathon, I registered...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-21 - Original post - cached version

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts...

Tom Dispatch - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a Veblen Moment...

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