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Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of the Roman… Whoops!… American Empire

What Really Matters in the U.S. of A.

September 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Our Not-So-Slow-Motion Apocalypse

A heating planet is a danger, not in some distant time, but right now — yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

August 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Who could have imagined that humanity would inherit the kinds of apocalyptic powers previously left to the gods or that, when we finally noticed them, we would prove eerily unable to respond?

July 2, 2021 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Selling Death

Washington is complicit in the ravaging of Gaza in these last weeks, just as it has been in the devastation of Yemen.

May 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Slaughter Central

The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

April 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Sports Pages of Death

Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Saying Goodbye to the Con-Man-in-Chief

De-mining America After The Donald

January 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Beyond Our Control

It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught moment.

November 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He said

Donald Trump has been a master of carnage in a way no one could have imagined.

October 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: A Vote for the Apocalypse

Since [Trump] is, in his own fashion, a parody of everything: a politician, a Republican, an autocrat, even a human being, he sums up in some extreme (if eerily satiric) fashion human efforts to destroy our way of life in these years. In truth, fiery and furiously fueled, he’s a historic cloud of smoke and ash over us all.

September 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The World We are Passing on to our children and grandchildren

Let’s just hope that, when it comes to creating a better world out of such a god-awful mess, the generations that follow us prove better at it than mine did.

August 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: In Memoriam | A Planet of Missing Beauties

For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.

March 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

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