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Harper's Magazine

October 2019

HARPER’S MAGAZINE, the oldest general interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, Annotation, and Findings, as well as the iconic Harper’s Index.

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harper’s magazine

JOHN R. MACARTHUR, PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER Editorial Director ELLEN ROSENBUSH Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER BEHA Managing Editor KATHERINE RYDER Senior Editors CHRISTOPHER CARROLL, WES ENZINNA, RACHEL POSER, MATTHEW SHERRILL Art Director Kathryn Humphries Editor Emeritus Lewis H. Lapham Washington Editor Andrew Cockburn Visuals Editor Stacey Clarkson James Poetry Editor Ben Lerner Web Editor Violet Lucca Associate Editors ELIZABETH BRYANT, JOE KLOC, STEPHANIE MCFEETERS Assistant Editors WILL AUGEROT, ADRIAN KNEUBUHL, JOHN SHERMAN, WILL STEPHENSON Editorial Interns JORDAN CUTLER-TIETJEN, ARIEL DE LA GARZA DAVIDOFF, JAIVEER KOHLI MARIWALA, EMILY WANG Art Intern Jonah Davis Contributing Editors ANDREW J. BACEVICH, KEVIN BAKER, DAN BAUM, TOM BISSELL, JOSHUA COHEN, JOHN CROWLEY, TANYA GOLD, GARY GREENBERG, JACK HITT, EDWARD HOAGLAND, SCOTT HORTON, FREDERICK KAUFMAN, GARRET KEIZER, MARK KINGWELL, WALTER KIRN, RAFIL KROLL-ZAIDI, GIDEON LEWIS-KRAUS, RICHARD MANNING, CLANCY MARTIN, DUNCAN MURRELL, VINCE PASSARO, FRANCINE PROSE, JEFF SHARLET, CHRISTINE SMALLWOOD, ZADIE SMITH, REBECCA SOLNIT, MATTHEW STEVENSON, JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN Contributing Artists OLIVE AYHENS, LISA ELMALEH, LENA HERZOG, AARON HUEY, SAMUEL JAMES,…

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letters

In Memoriam We at Harper’s Magazine are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our former contributing editor Edwin Dobb. He wrote many essays for the magazine, including “Pennies from Hell” (October 1996), about the results of copper mining in his hometown of Butte, Montana, and, most recently, a personal essay, “Nothing but Gifts,” which appeared in the October 2018 issue. He will be missed. Heroes and Villains Marc de Miramon’s critical reconsideration of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s legacy [“Brutal from the Beginning,” Revision, August] brought to mind something I learned from the great Africanist and human-rights advocate Alison Des Forges. Having stood idle in 1994 while hundreds of thousands of Tutsis were slaughtered, President Clinton and other Western leaders assuaged their guilt in part by providing substantial financial support to Kagame, whose…

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easy chair

“Nationalism” is rapidly overtaking even “populism” as a foremost political bogeyman. Yet progressives will often still embrace “patriotism.” The elevation of the last term is meant to deflect Trump-style accusations that the left hates the United States and wishes it ill. Liberals often maintain that true love of country means calling the nation to its best self and thus subjecting it to criticism. Hence for progressives, “nationalism” is bad patriotism, associated with militancy and racism. The word now suggests a blind, ignorant, belligerent allegiance, whereas “patriotism” is peaceable, noble, and clear-eyed. Yet in a dictionary sense, the two words substantially overlap. Merriam-Webster defines patriotism as “love for or devotion to one’s country” and nationalism as “loyalty and devotion to a nation” and notes that the nouns were once interchangeable. But the…

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left of europe

By Ashley Smith, from an interview with Neil Davidson published in the Summer 2019 issue of New Politics. Davidson teaches at the University of Glasgow. His most recent book, We Cannot Escape History, was published by Haymarket Books in 2015. The European Union has given the United Kingdom until October 31 to reach a Brexit agreement in Parliament. “THE EUROPEAN UNION IS AN IMPERIAL POWER” ASHLEY SMITH: A lot of people, even on the left, think the European Union is progressive. What was it created to do? NEIL DAVIDSON: The E.U. has developed over many decades since the end of World War II. It was set up for four reasons: First, France wanted to avoid another war with Germany—to establish rules that would separate economic competition from geopolitical and military competition. Second, the…

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senior portrait

From The Collector of Leftover Souls, by Eliane Brum, a collection of non-fiction published this month by Graywolf Press. This story, first published in the Brazilian magazine Época, is based on a week the author spent living in a nursing home in Rio de Janeiro. Translated from the Portuguese by Diane Grosklaus Whitty. Suddenly they’ve arrived here, in front of the iron gate at the old people’s home, their whole lives squeezed into a carry-on. They’ve left behind so many delicate things—their family, their furniture, their neighborhood, the cracks in the wall, a glass by the sink, the outline of their body on the mattress. They too thought old age would be someone else’s fate, never suspecting they would stand before this threshold, left here because other people decided their time…

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rumors

For some months now I’ve been returning to this one night from late 2016. We were at Kristen’s. She had received this jigsaw puzzle as a housewarming gift and had enlisted me and Ariel to help her finish. It wasn’t the traditional picture of a waterfall or dew-drenched fawn. In fact there was no figuration at all—just a gradient that swept between a tropic green and a hospital blue. It was a week after she had moved into her new place. I was excited to see the house. She had saved up for almost two decades to buy it. The first home I’d ever entered owned by a friend. Property is the syntax of the reddening horizon. There we were, splashed on just this or that side of thirty, surgically…

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