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Title:
The outrageous barriers to democracy in America : or, why a progressive presidency is impossible
Author:
MacArthur, John R.
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Publication Information:
Brooklyn : Melville House Pub., 2012.
Physical Description:
xxxi, 288 pages ; 19 cm
General Note:
Previously published as: You can't be president: the outrageous barriers to democracy in America.
Language:
English
Contents:
Small Matter of Reading the Constitution -- Parties You're Not Invited To -- It's Really Expensive, or, You Don't Have $300 Million, Do You? -- We Only Promote from Within -- You're Tied Up At Home: A Story from Portsmouth, Rhode Island -- You're Tied Up in the City: Lessons from Chicago -- Your Horatio Alger Syndrome -- "Where'd You Go To School Again?" -- You Don't Look Good on TV... The Tragedy of Consumer Choice -- You Don't Have That Killer Instinct -- I Rest My Case: The 2008 Election.
ISBN:
9781612191379
Format :
Book

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Summary

Looking closely at congress, elections, and money in politics, and sparing neither side of the political spectrum, MacArthur delivers a devastating expose of the entrenched interests and elites that make change in America so impossible. Surveying local activists fighting again moneyed interests, he finds much the same as what's going on in Washington. First released in 2008, this was the first book to criticise Obama from the Left. It is presented here in a new package; it's also fully revised and contains a new introduction discussing Obama's first term.


Author Notes

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.