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Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

When Yousafzai left the White House, she was whisked away to speak at the exclusive private school that the President’s daughters and other children of privilege attend. Despite our insistence on...

Students lie in UW–Madison library in a die-in protest.

Nearly a thousand UW–Madison students and Madisonians gathered to protest police brutality. Image credit: River Heisler

There is a lot of excitement about Senator Elizabeth Warren's progressive stance. And young women voters The Progressive interviewed are more enthusiastic about Warren than Hillary Clinton.

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Mauldin cartoon from the Chicago Sun-Times depicts Fidel Castro musing to a portrait of Karl Marx, "I'll bet you never had to deal with Cubans."
Thursday, 18 December 2014

From our 1963 archive, this piece explores the tension between the United States and Cuba after the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Wechsler writes, "Indeed, there have been moments in the last two years when one was tempted to wonder...

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By Yohuru Williams on December 18, 2014
Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

When Yousafzai left the White House, she was whisked away to speak at the exclusive private school that the President’s daughters and other children of privilege attend. Despite our insistence on democracy and justice abroad, both are failing here in the United States in the one place we need them desperately, our public schools. Image credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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By James A. Wechsler on December 18, 2014
Mauldin cartoon from the Chicago Sun-Times depicts Fidel Castro musing to a portrait of Karl Marx, "I'll bet you never had to deal with Cubans."

From our 1963 archive, this piece explores the tension between the United States and Cuba after the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Wechsler writes, "Indeed, there have been moments in the last two years when one was tempted to wonder whether Castro is a larger threat to our national sanity than to our military security." Image credit: Mauldin/Chicago Sun-Times

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By Mark Weber on December 17, 2014
Chris Christie excoriates a teacher in front of a crowd.

It’s become difficult for Christie to continue to blame his failures on teachers and their unions; and yet, like a reflex, he falls back on teacher-bashing whenever he senses he’s in trouble. Image credit: David Weigel of Bloomberg Politics

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By Tim Slekar on December 16, 2014
Headshot of punk rocker and education advocate Martin Atkins.

Rocker-turned- teacher Martin Atkins has a lot to say about getting down to the roots of teaching, music, and life. Image credit: Jim Newberry.

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By River Heisler on December 16, 2014
Students lie in UW–Madison library in a die-in protest.

Nearly a thousand UW–Madison students and Madisonians gathered to protest police brutality. Image credit: River Heisler

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By Ruth Conniff on December 12, 2014

There is a lot of excitement about Senator Elizabeth Warren's progressive stance. And young women voters The Progressive interviewed are more enthusiastic about Warren than Hillary Clinton.

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By Frank Smyth on December 10, 2014

This piece by Frank Smyth on the use of "negative incentive" methods in Central America was originally published in our August 1987 issue. Image credit: Stephen Kroninger

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By Michelle Gunderson on December 09, 2014

Karen Lewis is a woman who speaks truth to power— boldly and without hesitation. Image credit: AP Images

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By Ruth Conniff on December 08, 2014

This animated video by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore looks at school privatization through the eyes of little Timmy, a kindergartener who likes his public school.

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By Barbara Miner on December 08, 2014

Rocketship, an entrepreneurial network of charter schools based in the Silicon Valley, has become a national poster child for the privatization of public education. Artwork by Jem Sullivan.

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By Tim Slekar on December 04, 2014
Nancy Carlsson Paige

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a leading advocate for early childhood education. An emeritus professor at Lesley University, where she taught teachers for thirty years, she is the author of several books, including Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. She is also the co-founder of the Defending the Early Years site. And she just happens to be the mother of the Academy Award-winner and activist Matt Damon.

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By James Baldwin on December 04, 2014

In light of the protests around the country demanding a stop to police brutality and changes to a racist justice system, we are reprinting one of his most famous articles published in The Progressive magazine, from December 1962.

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Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

When Yousafzai left the White House, she was whisked away to speak at the exclusive private school that the...

Mauldin cartoon from the Chicago Sun-Times depicts Fidel Castro musing to a portrait of Karl Marx, "I'll bet you never had to deal with Cubans."

From our 1963 archive, this piece explores the tension between the United States and Cuba after the Bay of Pigs...

Chris Christie excoriates a teacher in front of a crowd.

It’s become difficult for Christie to continue to blame his failures on teachers and their unions; and yet, like a...

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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