The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America: Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible

The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America: Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible

by John R. Macarthur

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The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America: Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible by John R. Macarthur

The publisher of Harper’s Magazine presents “an able, witty, and suitably pissed-off guide” (Bookforum) to American politics
 
Barack Obama swept into the White House in January 2009 still floating—or so it appeared to millions of his admirers—high above the crude realities of contemporary American political life. Old-fashioned landmarks—party loyalty, ideology, campaign fundraising, patronage, corruption, even race—seemed hopelessly outdated as points of reference for understanding what was trumpeted as a new phenomenon in the nation’s civic history.

But nearly four years after Barack Obama’s election, elite interests in America remain triumphant. Nearly all measures of inequality continue to rise. And barriers to entry to our political process have reached nearly insurmountable heights.

Looking closely at Congress, elections, and money in politics, and sparing neither side of the political spectrum, John R. Mac­Arthur delivers a devastating exposé of the entrenched interests and elites that make change in America—even by a supposedly progressive president—so arduous. What, Mac­Arthur asks, could change this system?

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ISBN-13: 9781612191379
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John R. MacArthur is the president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine. An award-winning journalist, he has previously written for The New York Times, United Press International, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the acclaimed books The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, and Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War. He lives in New York City.

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