John R. MacArthur

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. Under his stewardship Harper's has received eighteen National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest recognition. He is also the author of the acclaimed books The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America: Or, Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, 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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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:15pm
How the New York Times Tries to Marginalize the Left
Among the several depressing outcomes of the midterm elections, perhaps the saddest has been the media establishment’s refusal to draw conclusions that run counter to the ones promoted by self-interested politicians. A typical media “analysis” was provided by The New York Times , which almost...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:30am
A Publisher Receives a Jerusalem Education
NEW YORK -- The renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians began, coincidentally, while I was hosting a forum in Jerusalem that was intended to foster understanding between the opposing camps. Just days before the participants sat down around a table in the YMCA building on King David...
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Journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, who died last year in a car crash in California, in this undated publiclty photo. (Photo: Blue Rider Press / Penguin) Views
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:00am
In Praise of Michael Hastings: On the Lies and Obfuscations of the March to War in Iraq
Having read his posthumously published novel, I’m sorry I never knew Michael Hastings. That said, I’m not sure I would have wanted to hang out with him. Hastings’s leisure-time pursuits, including the one that appears to have caused his untimely death last year, were a little reckless for my taste...
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Bikes on Highway 1 in California. (Photo: ProJo) Views
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:15pm
California's Problems Are Deeper Than Earthquakes
California clichés get on my nerves — cutting edge; dream factory; innovative business culture — so when the time came to visit family and friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco last month I was prepared to be annoyed. But I wasn’t prepared for the earthquake that shook our Santa Monica hotel...
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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:56pm
Left Must Derail Clinton in Primaries
As a presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush in 2016 appears ever more likely, it’s a good moment to ask what alternative exists to lying down and letting such a campaign drown the body politic.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:38pm
Some Balance on Press Snoops, Please
For those of us who have spent the greater part of our lives writing for newspapers and magazines, these are trying times. Big dailies are being sold at rock-bottom prices, world-renowned periodicals are permanently closing their doors, and reputable journalists are left to beg, borrow and blog for increasingly tiny sums of money.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:41am
Hitler and Other Syria-Debate Lowpoints
However Congress eventually votes on Obama’s plans for Syria — and whatever gratuitous violence might ensue — the proponents of war should be remembered for setting new lows in debating and lobbying tactics.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:17am
Sophistry Bestrides ‘Free-Trade' Axis
The day before Detroit declared bankruptcy, I found The New York Times’s Thomas Friedman up to his old tricks, extolling the North American Free Trade Agreement and “free trade” in general in a column so foolish and mendacious that his editors would have been well advised to spike it.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:25am
In Boston, An Exercise in Intimidation
I remember the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, as if it were last week, but until I heard the news of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, I had forgotten several of that November day’s salient details. About the same time my grammar-school principal, Marshall Benjamin, gathered us to announce the shooting of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald was fleeing the scene of his crime — in a municipal bus, a taxi and on foot through the busy streets of Dallas.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 1:57pm
Being Right on Iraq Got Little Reward
What’s the use of being right, in journalism or politics? I gave a lot of thought to this question during the tenth anniversary of the American-British invasion of Iraq, and I’ve come to the conclusion that being right is not much use at all, at least as far as career advancement.
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