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  • Reply to: When Marriage and Social Security Don’t Mix   1 day 18 hours ago
    Thanks for this link! We posted it on The Progressive's Facebook page too.
  • Reply to: America's Worst Idea   1 day 18 hours ago
    While true that Parks and other public lands are always in the gunsights of exploiters, it would have been worthwhile to look at the current proposals to protect more of the Grand Canyon and other valuable public lands through the Presidential use of the Antiquities Act to declare national monuments (see the op ed and ed in this weekend’s New York Times). It is good to cheer on the positive steps being proposed by such as Representative Grijalva.
  • Reply to: Make America Russian Again   1 day 19 hours ago
    Make America Russian again?? Russian? AGAIN? Dumb title dumber cartoon. Once it was the leftist Democrats always being lumped in with those Ruskie commies. Now it's the Republicans!? God help America - Please.
  • Reply to: America's Worst Idea   1 day 21 hours ago
    Ruth, you assert that "It boggles [your] mind that so many people can support policies that are harmful to our national parks when 95% of people surveyed think the parks should be protected for current and future generations." I think at least part of the answer is suggested by Aaron Sorkin in The American President: ¶LEWIS: You have a deeper love of this country than any man I've ever known. And I want to know what it says to you that in the past seven weeks, 59% of Americans have begun to question your patriotism. ¶PRESIDENT: Look, if the people want to listen to-... ¶LEWIS: They don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! ¶In this case it's not that progressive, rational members of Congress aren't talking, in this case about the rights of living Americans as well as those not yet born. It's that the corporate media are controlling how much of each viewpoint, expressed by which voices, have a chance to hear.
  • Reply to: America's Worst Idea   1 day 23 hours ago
    The author seems to admire the parks system yet calls it the worst idea. Strange. The cartoon clears it up - the author wants the federal government to control vast swathes of land out west and doesn't want western states to allow development. The author doesn't distinguish between park land and enormous other lands controlled by DC, though. Perhaps the author could have his parks and even expand them while allowing the states to grow and prosper on some portion of the other 99 percent.
  • Reply to: When Marriage and Social Security Don’t Mix   2 days 11 hours ago
    Consider helping Larry and Lydia out here:
  • Reply to: When Marriage and Social Security Don’t Mix   2 days 18 hours ago
    Another form of oppression. I've seen it too many times.
  • Reply to: Snuffing out Democracy—the Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board   3 days 12 hours ago

    Even stranger, the actions of mayor Emanuel s administration appear to align with an entrenched Democratic Party elite in Washington, DC who want to enforce a school governance policy that restricts the input of students, parents, teachers, and citizens who are most affected by education policies. For a party that once bristled at being called The Democrat Party vs. The Democratic Party for reasons of ideological purity, this is indeed a weird turn of events.

  • Reply to: The Long, Ugly History of Bathroom Segregation   4 days 11 hours ago
    What? That doesn't even make sense with what she/he is talking about! No one is saying they can't use the bathroom. They are just saying look in your pants and use the bathroom that matches.
  • Reply to: Author of Alarming Minimum Wage Study Has Alarming Alliances   4 days 19 hours ago
    Wow. That's a lot of words to try to dispel the truth that Vigdor published. Instead of trying to discredit someone as "right wing', why don't you come up with your own analysis? You can't and thus you find it necessary to diminish another person. Sad.



Today, in 1758, the first American Indian Reservation was established. That was just the beginning of a siege...

"You should refund this overpayment of $105,240.00 within 30 days."

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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