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Harper's Magazine February 2021

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.

United States
Harper's Magazine Foundation
R 115,66
R 578,87
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min

A History of the Future Rana Dasgupta’s absorbing essay [“The Silenced Majority,” December] leaves an important issue unresolved: What will the Western working classes do when they realize they’ve lost? What forms will their lives take? These aren’t questions that traditional academic disciplines are well equipped to answer, if only for lack of data. I don’t have the answers, of course, but it’s crucial that we begin to consider the possible outcomes. As we do, we’ll probably want to follow Dasgupta in looking beyond recent events. Taichi Sakaiya’s 1985 The Knowledge-Value Revolution, or, a History of the Future, for instance, argues that over time people will stop caring about what’s suddenly scarce and once again embrace what is and has always been abundant: idleness and spirituality. Maybe there’s something to that. Louis Aion Lugano,…

9 min
easy chair

Late on election night, when the betting markets were just realizing that Trump’s path to victory had narrowed, and leading voices on the left were lamenting the failure of anything resembling a blue wave to swell up and wash the country clean, Ruben Gallego, a Democratic congressman from Arizona and an Iraq War veteran, tweeted a triumphant message to his supporters: “Az Latino vote delivered! This was a 10 year project.” Gallego had ample reason to rejoice. For the first time since 1996, a Democratic presidential candidate had won the state of Arizona, thanks in large part to strong Hispanic support. This development stood in sharp contrast to outcomes in Texas and Florida, where Latinos provided crucial votes for Trump, and in California, where they even helped to doom a…

8 min
[essay] the left behind

The Cabo 1000 was an annual one-day motorcycle race that began in San Ysidro, the last American town before the Mexican border, and finished in Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, approximately 1,080 miles south. In a car, this trip is four or five days of difficult driving, extreme weather, and harsh road conditions. The race included slowing down through Baja’s towns (not everyone obeyed) and stopping for water breaks, gas, and repairs. In order to average 100 miles per hour, the goal for finishing competitively, on the straights a rider needed to push it over the top, go as fast as her bike would go. When I undertook this race, in 1993, I was twenty-four years old. I had been working on my Kawasaki Ninja 600…

1 min
my scummy valentine

In March 2017, Judge Kachinsky posted a public comment on M.B.’s Facebook page stating that M.B. was “on her second honeymoon” at “an undisclosed location,” which was incorrect. A few days later, the judge hid behind a counter at the court office. When M.B. walked in, he popped up and shouted “Roar!” startling M.B. On three occasions, the judge went to the court office, sat close to M.B.’s desk, and did nothing except tap his pen and make “cat noises”—in one instance this went on for forty-five minutes. On another occasion, the judge told M.B. a story about a dog being raped. Once, when alone with M.B. in the office, the judge lunged over her desk, knocking some items off, and whispered, “Are you afraid of me now?” That evening,…

1 min
grand slam

ImLive.com announced today the launch of ImLive4TheBlind, a website dedicated to providing the visually impaired with the livecamming experience that millions around the world currently enjoy. “Adult entertainment for the visually impaired has been severely lacking over the years, particularly in the live-camming arena,” said Adrian Stoneman, vice president of ImLive. “Our broadcasters are professionals who know how to build anticipation.” Professional sports broadcasters who have been left jobless in the wake of COVID-19 will narrate the sessions. “I’m a broadcaster. My skills include being able to describe the action, whether it be on the field or in the bedroom, accurately and intimately enough so that viewers do not need to be able to see a screen to know what is going on,” said Sean Wheelock, a veteran MMA and soccer…

4 min
the rival

A small apartment in late evening. A sensitivelooking young man sits at his desk scrutinizing the pages of a telephone directory. The soundtrack is a military march played very softly. The young man is wholly engrossed, but he suddenly starts, as if at a knock at the door. He half faces the door, frowning with annoyance, and then returns quickly to his “work” with the directory. After a few seconds he is startled again; then, with resolution and a grim smile, he gets up from the desk, crosses the room, and dons a U.S. Army helmet, which he carefully adjusts. He takes up a machete that stands in the corner of the room and retrieves a pistol from under the rug. He faces the door, holding the machete in his…