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Howard Zinn died five years ago today. This classic essay on nonviolence is adapted from his speech on May 2, 2009, at The Progressive’s 100th anniversary conference.

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By Arun Gandhi on January 30, 2015
Mahatma Gandhi. Public Domain.

The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi says the leader's legacy is under attack in modern India. Image Credit: Public Domain

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By Paul Ortiz on January 28, 2015
Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Image Credit: Getty Images

Rubio is already in trouble with constituencies with whom he should be well-connected. Image credit: Getty Images

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By Fred McKissack Jr. on January 27, 2015
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Every generation has its moment where an older politician brings the fire and brimstone and plays cultural Moses. Invariably, he or she looks like a fool. Image credit: Getty Images

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By Moustafa Bayoumi on January 27, 2015
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American politicians frequently call out the human rights abuses of our country's enemies but rarely of its friends. Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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By Michael Rosen on January 27, 2015
Meatcutters from Local 248 strike in 1974. Image provided by the author.

Forty years ago the owners of Milwaukee’s meat packing plants launched a war on unions. Milwaukee’s working class is still suffering from losing that war. Images provided by the author.

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By Howard Zinn on January 27, 2015

Howard Zinn died five years ago today. This classic essay on nonviolence is adapted from his speech on May 2, 2009, at The Progressive’s 100th anniversary conference.

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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 Sarah Labadie 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.

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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 Kathy Kelly 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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Police in riot gear. Image credit: Erik Mauer

The Pentagon has transferred nearly $5 billion of excess military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. Image...

Mahatma Gandhi. Public Domain.

The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi says the leader's legacy is under attack in modern India. Image Credit: Public Domain...

Image credit: Shield the People

"We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such." Image credit: Shield the People

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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