Stories by Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. subscribe to Tom Engelhardt's feed

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.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source:

A letter to president Obama.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

What are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we’ve just passed through?

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source:

Neither candidate focused on securing a legislative body that would mean an actual mandate for change.