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  • Reply to: An Über Battle   1 week 1 day ago
    Union Cab, upping the cool factor in Madison!
  • Reply to: Naomi Klein: Good News on China Climate Deal   1 week 2 days ago
    China deal is not what is suggested. More dams and nuclear plants as China reaches 2030 when carbon was peaking anyway? Inaccurate description of China's position doesn't hold the argument together.
  • Reply to: An Über Battle   1 week 2 days ago
    "Uber and Lyft claim they aren’t taxi companies." Yeah... they are Santa Claus. Citibank has an iPhone app. Does it make Citibank not a bank ?
  • Reply to: Betrayals   1 week 2 days ago
    As always Eduardo Galeano can say in a few words what others require books to accomplish. E G is a living world treasure, his most recent books live by my bed so that I can pick them up for a little read to revitalise the mind when it all gets to much.
  • Reply to: Hollywood Left Turns Out to Celebrate Howard Zinn’s Legacy   1 week 2 days ago
    Perhaps when they stop printing asinine gushy columns extolling Che Guevara as a "James Bond of the Left"
  • Reply to: Hollywood Left Turns Out to Celebrate Howard Zinn’s Legacy   1 week 3 days ago
    When will leftists commemorate, say, the fall of the Berlin Wall? Or Tienanmen Square? Or the end of the Soviet Union?
  • Reply to: Naomi Klein: Good News on China Climate Deal   1 week 5 days ago
    Although I agree with Naomi Klien's general take on the Obama commitment, there is some risk that unless those of us who understand the significance of the carbon budget for policy, something mentioned in "This Changes Everything", educate US citizens about why the Obama commitment does still not approach what the would be required of the US if it took its ethical obligations to reduce US emissions to the US fair share of safe global emissions that the US Press will continue to cover US response to climate change without educating American citizens about the staggering magnitude of US reductions that are needed. Most Americans including politicians and journalists do not understand the significance for policy of a carbon budget to limit warming to 2 degrees C. Donald A. Brown, Widener University School of Law
  • Reply to: Naomi Klein: Good News on China Climate Deal   1 week 6 days ago
    Ms. Klein is right. Paul Krugman said much the same thing earlier this week. And as both Klein and Krugman pointed out this is just one step in the right direction, but an important 1st step
  • Reply to: Naomi Klein: Good News on China Climate Deal   1 week 6 days ago
    Thanks for this keen analysis, as always, from Naomi Klein. I'm glad to hear something really good about this "good" news, from someone who really knows.
  • Reply to: DREAMer: Coming Out as Undocumented   1 week 6 days ago
    This burden of fear so many "undocumented" immigrants suffer just because they are here "illegally," comes from our obsession with nationalism when--SURPRISE!!!--we are all EARTHLINGS! We live, all of us, on a planet, not on a country. We all belong here and all have the right to live and learn and love and make our lives fulfilling and contributing. No Angy, don't cry. Stand up and cry out above all the fear and trepidation that you deserve, just as much as all the rest of us. Like Townes Van Zandt's father told him "don't let the bastards get you down



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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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