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By Robert Leonard Reid on March 26, 2015

When Californians need more water, they take it from their neighbors. Image credit: Robert Goldstrom

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By P.L. Thomas on March 26, 2015
Tweet from @PlthomasED reads: "Education activism for equity does not have to be perfect but we should seek to rise above those we critique in word and deed"

Likely as a consequence of being a critical educator and my own proclivities as a non-joiner skeptic, I remain mostly an outsider in the education reform debates—although I am a thirty-plus-year educator and an established blogger/public voice on education.

By José Miguel Levya on March 26, 2015

Imagine a politician so desperate to stay relevant that he runs out and takes the most contrary position possible to any rational argument. We don’t have to imagine, though, since we have Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, now a GOP presidential contender. Image credit: Gage Skidmore

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By Kathy Wilkes on March 25, 2015
Protestor holds sign reading, "Divide and Conquer is the motto of despots"

What is unclear is how any aspect of this law will be enforced. Image credit: Rebecca Kemble

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By Randy Jurado Ertll on March 24, 2015
Oscar Romero image by J. Puig Reixach

Romero taught us all an invaluable lesson: He stood up to bullies and he did not turn his back on his people. Image credit: J. Puig Reixach

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By Anthony Cody on March 24, 2015

This morning I opened my email to find a message from “Bold Progressives,” who exist to rally support for Democratic Party candidates willing to fight for real change.

By Edward W. Said on March 19, 2015

Just two years after Benjamin Netanyahu took office as leader of Israel for the first time nearly two decades ago, Palestinian writer Edward Said predicted he'd be a disaster for peacekeeping efforts between Israelis and Palestinians in the pages of The Progressive. Image credit: Hadley Hooper

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By Jennifer C. Ber... on March 18, 2015
Protestor outside a school bus holds sign that reads, "Stop Killing Black Men"

St. Louis TFA’s Brittany Packnett on Ferguson, the *belief gap* and the need for disruptive change that’s actually, well, disruptive. Image credit: Getty

By Amitabh Pal on March 17, 2015
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Writer Mohsin Hamid’s life has straddled three continents. His new collection of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, New York, and London, taps his uniquely internationalist perspective. Image credit: Ed Kashi

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When Californians need more water, they take it from their neighbors. Image credit: Robert Goldstrom

Tweet from @PlthomasED reads: "Education activism for equity does not have to be perfect but we should seek to rise above those we critique in word and deed"

Likely as a consequence of being a critical educator and my own proclivities as a non-joiner skeptic, I remain...

Imagine a politician so desperate to stay relevant that he runs out and takes the most contrary position possible to...

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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