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By Amitabh Pal on January 26, 2015

President Obama’s visit to India was an exercise in cynicism.

To serve U.S. corporate and strategic interests, he ignored the problematic record of his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The roots of Modi and his party, the BJP, lie in an organization called the RSS.

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By The Progressive on January 23, 2015

President Obama’s proposal in his State of the Union address for tuition-free community college could change millions of lives.

In my job, I fight to protect the funding for Illinois’ financial aid program, MAP. I hear stories from low-wage working women who want to earn a degree that would help them get better jobs so they can support themselves and their families.

So when I think about Obama’s plan for two years of free community college, I don’t think about whom it can help in the abstract.

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By Rebecca Kemble on January 23, 2015
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver testifies against AB1

“My son and his school are not for sale,” said Peg Randall Gardner of Milwaukee, ten hours into a hearing on AB1, Wisconsin’s latest school privatization bill. “These are real children living real lives in the classrooms of our state, and it’s their future that this bill sells out,” she told the Committee on Education of the Wisconsin State Assembly at a public hearing on January 14.

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By Contributor on January 22, 2015

Editor's note: On January 23, Kathy Kelly, a frequent contributor to The Progressive's website and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will begin serving a three-month sentence in federal prison for attempting to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter about drone warfare to the commander of a U.S. Air Force base. This article, on a recent protest against torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo, first appeared on Telesur.

 

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By Ruth Conniff on January 21, 2015

It was gratifying to listen to Obama score points with popular, progressive ideas. And social media made it even more fun. But here's the problem: those out-of-it Republicans are still winning.

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By Darryl Lorenzo ... on January 20, 2015
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

“Selma” provides an opportunity to look back. But this Martin Luther King Jr. Day in particular, we also have to look at current injustice.

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By Dr. Martin Luth... on January 19, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on activism and civil rights, from our May 1960 archive.

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By Yohuru Williams on January 16, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks.

While it seeks to claim the mantle of the movement and Dr. King’s legacy, corporate education reform is rooted in fear, fired by competition and driven by division.

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By Julia Burke on January 15, 2015

"It’s turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank."

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By Julia Burke on January 15, 2015
AP Photo of Scott Walker

Progressive editor Ruth Conniff on MSNBC discusses Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's presidential ambitions and his first bold move of the new term: a bill to seize control of public schools. Image credit: Jason Huberty.

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By Amitabh Pal on January 14, 2015
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The Charlie Hebdo killings have further contributed to a sense that Islam is an intrinsically violent religion––but such a notion is enormously reductive, to say the least. Image credits: Firas; Photographie de rue & de voyage

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MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver testifies against AB1

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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