Tomgram: Nomi Prins, How to Set the Economy on Fire

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There’s no way to measure just how cheery this period really is — not if you’re the CEO of a major company. Just as the World Economic Summit was opening in Davos, Switzerland, and President Donald Trump was flying in to put his mark on the moment, PwS, a global consulting firm, released its annual survey of 1,300 CEOs. “The report,” wrote read more

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, American Paths, Chosen and Not (1989-2018)

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If I were to pick a single decision by an American president and his team in this century as our own August 1914, I would choose the invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003. Of course, in that era of the “sole superpower,” there were no other great powers (as in the World War I moment) ready to leap into the fray, so the unraveling that followed across a significant read more

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Send in the Clowns

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Creating an Empire of Graveyards?
At the Circus with Donald Trump
By Tom Engelhardt

Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone. To the rest of us, they were comic, but to him — or so I came to imagine anyway read more

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Beware the Viking Hordes

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More than three decades ago, my aunt Hilda wrote an account of her father’s voyage to and life in America for my daughter to read “someday.”  She began it this way: “Your great grandfather, Moore Engelhardt, a boy of 16, arrived in New York from Europe in March 1888.  It was during the famous blizzard and after a sea voyage of about 30 days.  He had no money.  He read more

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, Tweeting While Rome Burns

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In 1956, in an interview with journalist Anna Louise Strong, Chinese leader Mao Zedong famously said of American imperialism: “In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger.”  It wasn’t the first time he had used the image.  Ten years earlier he had told Strong read more

Tomgram: William D. Hartung, 2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza

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Here’s a cheery note for you: the last mass killing of 2017 took place moments before midnight on New Year’s Eve.  A 16-year-old New Jersey boy picked up a semi-automatic rifle, “lawfully acquired” by a member of his family, and killed his father, mother, sister, and a family friend.  read more