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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
The joys of Harper's

Their online presence isn't terribly impressive, but this is a fine magazine.

Lewis Lapham is a national treasure. From his column this month:

When President George W. Bush moved into the White House in the winter of 2001, he let it be known that eh intended to run the government as if it were a business, and two years later I don't know why it comes as a surprise that the ten-year feeral budget projection has been reduced from a $5.6 trillion surplus to a $4 trillion deficit, or that our splendid little war in Iraq turns out to have been sold to the American pulic in the manner of a well-promoted but fraudulent stock offering. The man has been true to his word, the corporation of which he deems himself chairman and chief executive officer not unlike the ones formerly owned and operated by his friends, fund-raisers, and fellow bandits and Enron and Arthur Andersen.
Harper's Index is always good for some offbeat enlightenment:
Percentage refund that Laura Bush's office sought in June for a $15.95 children's book that it bought for a TV reading: 100
Year in which Dick Cheney said that his policy as CEO of Halliburton was that "we wouldn't do anything in Iraq": 2000
Price of the oil-field supplies sold to Iraq by two Halliburton subsidiaries during Cheney's tenure: $73,000,000

And a fine article this month by John Taylor Gatto titled Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why, which argues that perhaps the problem is not that our school system isn't working, but that it is.

If you read one magazine a month, you could do a lot worse than Harper's.

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