Tom Palaima


Death of a Robber Baron

by | Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm CST

Hard Labor

In Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers, Dick J. Reavis describes what life is like in a world most of us never see or think about. The secret world in the title is that of our fellow Americans … Read More


Bomb’s Away

In a Ben Sargent editorial cartoon published in the Austin American-Statesman after the Nov. 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terrorist attacks, a heavyset man looks back over his shoulder at the reader. The man looks surly and uneducated. He is unshaven, prognathic … Read More


Never Look Back

On December 29, 1916, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, a mostly self-educated 47-year-old Siberian peasant, mystic, and adviser to Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra, was clubbed repeatedly, shot four times, wrapped in a sheet, and thrown into the icy Neva River. … Read More


The Worst News in the World

Anyone concerned with human rights—with humanity in general—will come away from James Dawes’ That The World May Know troubled and well informed. Dawes considers humanitarian aid and human rights work, and examines the ways in which news of such work … Read More


Alive and Singing the Truth

This is Jimmy’s road where Jimmy liked to play. This is Jimmy’s grass where Jimmy liked to lay around. This is Jimmy’s tree where Jimmy liked to climb, But Jimmy went to war and something changed his mind around. This … Read More


A Simple Mind Run Amok

The title of Glenn Greenwald’s informative book is misleading in three ways. First, the historically naïve and religiously motivated Manichean worldview behind the foreign policy of George W. Bush has serious consequences for citizens of our country and human beings … Read More