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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed “to break” the “monopoly” of public education

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By Jud Lounsbury on February 27, 2015

The problem is that Walker's simplistic childhood memories of Reagan don't come close to getting it right. Scott Walker isn't really Reagan, but rather, someone who is obsessed about wanting others to perceive him as Reagan.

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By Alex Messer on February 26, 2015

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed “to break” the “monopoly” of public education

By Robert M. La Fo... on February 25, 2015
A scanned page from The Progressive, December 1920

From our December 1920 issue, this piece from our founder, Fighting Bob La Follette, is hauntingly familiar in its portrayal of the destruction of the middle class currently taking place in Walker's Wisconsin.

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By Elizabeth Ann T... on February 24, 2015
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A recent report focuses on an overlooked segment of the population: black girls. Image credit: African American Policy Forum

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By Ruth Conniff on February 24, 2015

Certainly, Walker has tapped into a powerful current of resentment among strapped, non-union workers. He was re-elected on a promise to make teachers pay more for health care and pension benefits, and on an appeal to private sector workers that they if they lack the security unions provide, why should their neighbors be so lucky? Image credit: AP

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By Julia Burke on February 24, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has fully embraced his role as a union buster; in fact, Wisconsin could become the 25th right-to-work state as soon as this week. Ruth Conniff joined Ed Schultz on The Ed Show to discuss Walker's approach and what "right to work" really means. 

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By Amitabh Pal on February 23, 2015
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Russian dissident intellectual Boris Kagarlitsky says that the American understanding of Russia is simplistic and deeply flawed. Image credit: Like.Fi

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By Brian Gilmore on February 21, 2015
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Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist to this day. Image credit: Public Domain

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By Belle Case La F... on February 20, 2015
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What if men heard the same objections to their right to vote that women's suffragists heard? Image credit: AP Images

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The problem is that Walker's simplistic childhood memories of Reagan don't come close to getting it right. Scott...

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed “to break” the “monopoly” of public education

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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