Harper’s Index

The first thing I do whenever I get Harper’s in the mail is read the index. I hadn’t realized there’s a fairly extensive online archive of previous indexes. If you’re unfamiliar with Harper’s index, here’s a snippet from the latest one:

Annual cost of all sixteen U.N. peacekeeping missions currently underway: $3,870,000,000.

Monthly cost of the U.S. occupation of Iraq: $4,100,000,000.

Revenue from Iraqi oil sales that the CPA could not account for, according to a 2005 audit: $8,800,000,000.

You can also check out the always informative weekly review, which is usually posted on Tuesday.


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