Stories by Tom Engelhardt

 Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s as well as The End of Victory Culture, runs the Nation Institute's He is the author of, most recently, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books, 2014).  subscribe to Tom Engelhardt's feed

Posted on: May 20, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

There’s a certain repetition factor in our increasingly bizarro American world that lends predictability to that future.

Posted on: May 3, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The fact that the US government stopped counting in public didn’t stop the body count from happening.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Our world is a far more screwed up, degraded place.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

A new kind of governance is being born right before our eyes.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

My letter to an unknown American patriot.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Machine guns, MRAPs, surveillance, drones: we, the people, are ever less in control of anything.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2015, Source: Tom Dispatch

In the last six decades, the American national security state has freed itself of us and of Congress.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

What’s missing is any sense of connection to the government, or that we the people matter.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

In twenty-first-century America, the “right to bear arms” has been extended in every direction.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The dangers are growing.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

Let's travel forward in time when we get a Senate report on the drone program.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

Imagine what the war hawks would be spouting in Congress.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2014, Source: Haymarket Books

Not even the author of "1984" could have envisioned a world dominated by a single superpower.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Back to that Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

With its latest onslaught in Gaza, Israel may again be emboldening an enemy while creating worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Who rules Washington?

Posted on: Jul 13, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

The U.S. looks less like a functioning empire than an imperial basket case.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

And the consequences of our folly.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

In World War II soldiers were "dogfaces” or G.I. (government issue) Joes who saw the military as a grim necessity.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

The comparison between "green-on-blue" violence in Afghanistan and the recent Fort Hood shooting is not one the mainstream media is likely to make.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

We’re headed fast for uncharted territory, with the headlights off.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

But the idea of a futureless humanity is difficult to take in—so the media just doesn't cover it.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Our massive National Security State's main global enemy consists of lightly armed jihadis and wannabes.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Doesn't the direction we're heading in leave you with the urge to jump out of your skin?

Posted on: Sep 3, 2013, Source:

Not even the author of "1984" could have envisioned a world dominated by a single superpower.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

"The End of Victory Culture" examines the relationship between U.S. military conflicts and children's entertainment.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2013, Source:

The Manning trial began on 9/11—that's when the U.S. began to change.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

After years in absentia, poof! Robert Seldon Lady, convicted of kidnapping by Italy, reappeared out of nowhere. Then he was gone again.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source:

The U.S. military has failed to win a single one of its numerous wars in our time. But hey, who has to win a specific war when it’s“wartime” all the time?

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source:

On the world stage, America's behavior is appalling.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2013, Source:

Terms like "extreme weather" or "severe weather" convey destruction without any sense of responsibility.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

We face a strangely contradictory future in which ever more draconian regimes of secrecy will confront urges for ever greater transparency.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

A graduation speech to inspire an older generation.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source:

Iran is hobbled by sanctions, its skies filled with U.S. spy drones, its offshore waters with U.S. warships--and yet all we ever hear about is the existential threat they pose.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2013, Source:

Why can't foreign policy experts look defeat in the face and recognize it for what it is?

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source:

On double standards in the American discourse on torture

Posted on: Feb 12, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

How the "secret" Saudi base fosters blowback, and repeats the CIA's pattern of stupidity.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Even after his death, Osama bin Laden thrives in the U.S.'s transformation into a lockdown state.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2013, Source:

The White House and the Pentagon -- with a helping hand from the State Department -- ensure that the U.S. remains by far the leading purveyor of the “right to bear arms” globally.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

A vast edifice of surveilling, storing, spying, and killing that gives us what we now call “security,” leaves us in terror of the world, never stops growing, and is ever freer to collect information on you.