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On Afghanistan: George McGovern Replies to Joe Klein

John R. MacArthur is the publisher of Harper’s Magazine. On December 13, George McGovern published an opinion piece, “With Obama’s Strategy, Afghanistan Looks Like Another Vietnam,” in the Washington Post.…

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More and More, Obama Seems a Faux Liberal

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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History Promises Disaster in Afghanistan for Blind America

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Could This “Smart” President Be Really, Really Stupid?

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Reading Great Stuff I Didn’t Know I Knew

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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My Introduction to Cronkite’s Kindliness

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Thurber, Addams and My Funny Bone

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Obama a Very Smooth Liar

A version of this column originally ran in the Providence Journal on June 17, 2009. It isn’t quite fair to call Barack Obama a liar. During the campaign he carefully avoided…

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As Hitler Tightened the Screws: Hypocrisy and conniving in France

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Panel: Liberalism, imperialism and the politics of human rights

Harper’s readers are cordially invited to attend a panel discussion in New York City, Sunday, 19th April, 12–2pm. Liberalism, Imperialism & the Politics of Human Rights Jacob Stevens (Chair)—Verso Books…

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Wall Street Sharks Circle the UAW

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Obama is Far From a Radical Reformer

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Studs Terkel: “Radical conservative”

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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The Catalog Factor: Why investors should buy newspaper stocks

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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A Hypocrite as Our Diplomat in Chief

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Rahm Emanuel’s Political Pirouettes

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Americans Unwilling to Face Reality

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. This column originally appeared in the…

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Event Alert: John R. MacArthur discusses the presidency pre-debate in Brooklyn, NY

An African-American candidate is running against the oldest candidate ever (and his running mate is a woman). It seems that–finally–anyone can be president. But can they? Harper’s Magazine Publisher and…

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The Presidency in Wartime: George W. Bush discovers Woodrow Wilson

Excerpted from Chapter 10 of You Can’t Be President: The outrageous barriers to democracy in America, published by Melville House. John R. MacArthur is the publisher of Harper’s Magazine. More from…

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Palin Using Her Child as Political Prop

A version of this column originally ran in the Providence Journal on September 17, 2008. Sarah Palin never had much hope of getting my vote, but when she told the…

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Money Over Morals: Obama’s the candidate of the hedge-fund partners

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper’s Magazine and author of the forthcoming book You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. A version of this column…

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A Man Too Decent to Be Nominated

A version of this column originally ran in the Providence Journal on April 6, 2004. I don’t know where Senator Bob Graham acquired his strong sense of propriety and proportion. His…

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