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Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version

On August 26th, during the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence closed out his acceptance speech with a biblical sleight of hand...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Whether you’re reading this with your morning coffee, just after lunch, or on the late shift in the wee small hours of the morning, it’s 100 seconds to midnight...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-22 - Original post - cached version

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Last year, when LeBron James described some of President Trump’s public statements as “laughable and scary,” Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham ordered the basketball superstar to “shut up and dribble...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor’s edge --...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The inadequate response of both the federal and state governments to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the United States, creating what could only be called a national security crisis...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

It’s only mid-afternoon and Army Lieutenant General Victor Constant has already had a bad day...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-09-08 - Original post - cached version

The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe’s lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be-indispensable nation...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-25 - Original post - cached version

With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-23 - Original post - cached version

On August 26, 2020, Alice in Wonderland will get some company...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Seventeen years ago, against the advice of my parents, I decided to become a public school teacher...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version

For the Trump administration’s senior officials, it’s been open season on bashing China...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-16 - Original post - cached version

I’m a voracious reader of American fiction and I’ve noticed something odd in recent years...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Assume Joe Biden wins the presidency...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Was Donald Trump’s January 3rd drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the simmering Cold War between the United States and Iran into a hot war in the weeks before an American presidential election?...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-09 - Original post - cached version

Let me be blunt. This wasn’t the world I imagined for my denouement. Not faintly...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-06 - Original post - cached version

The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Whether you consider the appalling death toll or the equally unacceptable rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, the United States has one of the worst records worldwide when it comes to the pandemic...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memories...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-26 - Original post - cached version

The phrase “thinking about the unthinkable” has always been associated with the unthinkable cataclysm of a nuclear war, and rightly so...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-23 - Original post - cached version

In two weeks, my partner and I were supposed to leave San Francisco for Reno, Nevada, where we’d be spending the next three months focused on the 2020 election...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew “yovel,” meaning a “trumpet blast of liberty...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-19 - Original post - cached version

On March 26th, the coronavirus accomplished what no foreign adversary has been able to do since the end of World War II: it forced an American aircraft carrier...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version

It’s July 2020 and I’m about to turn 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-14 - Original post - cached version

The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake....

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-12 - Original post - cached version

If you still follow the mainstream media, you're probably part of the 38% of registered voters who knew something about the op-ed Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) published in the New York Times early in June, exhorting the president to use the Insurrection Act to "restore order to our streets..."...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-09 - Original post - cached version

It was June 20th and we antiwar vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump’s latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country...

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

Think of it as a war system that’s been coming home for years...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

“Up to a few months ago, Ben Suc was a prosperous village of some thirty-five hundred people...”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The news that President Trump is planning to stage a “massive fireworks display” before a sizeable crowd on Independence Day eve...  

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

You know that feeling when you trip on the street and instantly sense that you’re about to crash hard and there’s no way to prevent it...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-28 - Original post - cached version

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has initiated its largest spending binge in history...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Let’s assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-23 - Original post - cached version

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans are finally -- or is it once again? -- confronting the racism that afflicts this country and extends into just about every corner of our national life...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Recently, in this Black Lives Matter protest moment, my five-year-old son looked at me and asked, “Mommy, where did all the brown people go? Did the police here shoot them?”

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Let me rant for a moment. I don’t do it often, maybe ever...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-16 - Original post - cached version

In 1964, an 18-year-old New York Military Academy first baseman named Don Trump slammed a game-winning home run against Cornwall High School that perked the interest of scouts for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-14 - Original post - cached version

They were relegated to the protest equivalent of a ghetto...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

America’s pundits and politicians have largely concluded that a new Cold War with China -- a period of intense hostility and competition falling just short of armed combat -- has started...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-09 - Original post - cached version

It was a bare-knuckle brawl of the first order...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-07 - Original post - cached version

From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota...

Tom Dispatch - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version

In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City, a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia.

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...”

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