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By Mark Fiore on May 22, 2015

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries.

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By Ruth Conniff on May 21, 2015
Scott Walker reads a Dr. Suess book to children

In a dramatic, late-night hearing on Tuesday, four outraged Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee confronted twelve impassive Republicans, demanding that they explain how the state, after making massive cuts to funding for public education over the last several years, could afford to pay private-school tuition for families who choose school vouchers.

By Peter Greene on May 19, 2015
Young student looks sadly at camera from classroom

Charter fans brag about their successes. They tell the starfish story. They will occasionally own that their successes are, in fact, about selecting out the strivers, the winners, the students who are, in fact, their own children and allowing them to rise. And it is no small thing that many students have had an opportunity to rise in a charter setting.

But I worry about the ballast.

By Kate Clinton on May 15, 2015

When you think about it, rich people are the biggest hoarders ever.

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By Mark Fiore on May 15, 2015

After a little smack-down by the Senate, the Most Transparent Administration Ever is still trying to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Most Transparent Way Possible.

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By As'ad AbuKhalil on May 15, 2015
King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Until King Salman’s notable absence from meetings with the White House this week, the Saudi royal family has managed its relationship with the United States with utmost care.

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By Milton Mayer on May 14, 2015
Sillouettes of protestors

The late, great Milton Mayer wrote this reflection on Selma in 1965.

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By Julia Burke on May 13, 2015
Protestors gather in street outside Dane County Courthouse

Marchers took to the streets in Madison today to demand racial justice after District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced yesterday that Officer Matt Kenny would face no charges in the shooting death of Tony Robinson Jr.

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By Jonas Persson on May 13, 2015
Students at desk take test

The federal government has spent more than $3.3 billion over the past two decades creating and fueling the charter school industry, according to a new financial analysis and reporters' guide by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

By Miles Brown on May 13, 2015
Protestors hold "Justice for Tony" sign

The death of Tony Robinson and the decision not to charge Officer Kenny feels like one more reminder that the lives of unarmed black men in this country are expendable.

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Scott Walker reads a Dr. Suess book to children

In a dramatic, late-night hearing on Tuesday, four outraged Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee confronted...

Young student looks sadly at camera from classroom

Charter fans brag about their successes. They tell the starfish story. They will occasionally own that their...

Protestor sign: "Families have no borders"

More and more Republican presidential candidates, declared and undeclared, are entering the immigration reform...

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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