You Can’t Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America
You Can't Be President:
The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America
by John R. MacArthur
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It’s not until the acknowledgments arrive on page 261 of Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur’s You Can’t Be President that readers learn the book was first conceived in French (and written jointly in French and English) as a means “to ‘explain’ U.S. democracy to a foreign audience.” The belated revelation explains quite a bit. For Gallic readers who often find themselves asking, “What’s the matter with the United States?” the account that MacArthur offers will serve as an excellent introduction to the distinctive dysfunctions of our democracy. But domestic prisoners trapped in the damned thing can probably afford to take a pass.
Not that it’s necessarily a bad idea to re-examine the dimensions of the cell or once again take measure of the diameter of its bars. In each chapter, MacArthur focuses on a different
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