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On May Day, Oakland union members and supporters rallied in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in protest of police killings. Photographer Arthur Kohl-Riggs sent these images from...

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By Arthur Kohl-Riggs on May 04, 2015
Oakland protestors march on bridge

On May Day, Oakland union members and supporters rallied in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in protest of police killings. Photographer Arthur Kohl-Riggs sent these images from the scene.

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By Jud Lounsbury on May 04, 2015
Tom Harkin at his Senate seat

When I think of Tom Harkin, I’m reminded of the scene in True Grit when Rooster Cogburn is surrounded by four bad guys. The odds have finally caught up with him. The main bad guy, Ned, asks Cogburn if he’s ready to accept his fate. Cogburn responds: “Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!” as he charges the gang, guns blazing.

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By Kate Clinton on May 01, 2015
Kate Clinton with party favors and boa

On the women's movement, Ted Cruz, the Teahadists, and why we can't all just be Amish.

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By The Progressive on April 30, 2015
MOVE members flee after bombing

Editor's note: 30 years ago, police ordered the bombing of the Philadelphia headquarters of the black liberation group MOVE, killing eleven people including four children. As Baltimore reels after the death of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody, we remember this tragic episode of state-sponsored violence with a Comment from our July 1985 issue.

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By Amitabh Pal on April 30, 2015
Nepali schoolgirls hold vigil after earthquake

The country’s government has been astonishingly callous in the aftermath of the calamity.

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By Matthew Kearney on April 29, 2015
Lesbian couple poses with judge after wedding ceremony

For Wisconsin couples, the road to equality has been paved with fear, hope, uncertainty, and joy.

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By The Real News N... on April 29, 2015
Police cars in Baltimore

Exclusive documents obtained by The Real News show how police officers engaged in a pattern of abuse before the killing of Freddie Gray by arresting teenagers who were waiting to take the bus back home in the same neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore that would erupt and lead to the chaos seen this week.

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By Jan Resseger on April 28, 2015
Newark teachers protest One Newark

Our test-and-punish system under the No Child Left Behind Act has branded the schools in our poorest cities as “failures” and created a crisis atmosphere that has made way for the application of the Shock Doctrine.

By Anne-Marie Cusac on April 27, 2015
Diana Bryant

“Trust is everything with treating mental illness,” Bryant says. “We don’t have any, and there are damn good reasons why we don’t.”

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By Timothy Karr on April 24, 2015

In a massive win for the public interest, Comcast abandoned its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable on Friday morning.

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Oakland protestors march on bridge

On May Day, Oakland union members and supporters rallied in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and in...

Tom Harkin at his Senate seat

When I think of Tom Harkin, I’m reminded of the scene in True Grit when Rooster Cogburn is surrounded by four bad...

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Dr. Science weighs in on Scott Walker.

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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