By The Progressive on June 29, 2014

This editorial cartoon was first published in 1933. It was created by the artist John Miller Baer.

For the launch of the redesigned Progressive magazine this summer, editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff chose this cartoon to illustrate the parallels between the battles the U.S. is facing in 2014 and the issues the publication covered in the wake of the Great Depression.

Just below this cartoon is a short article about The Progressive Inc. moving into its new headquarters at 115 W. Main Street in Madison with the help of the Wisconsin Progressive League. The article noted that "a continual education campaign in Progressive principles will be carried on by the headquarters, while material, speakers, and other information desired by Progressives will be furnished there," including records about lawmakers.  

As that article mentioned, William T. Evjue, who was then the editor of The Progressive magazine, spearheaded the idea that the publication needed a more permanent headquarters.

This spring, the magazine repainted and reorganized its offices, now at 409 E. Main Street in Madison, as part of the merger with the Center for Media and Democracy, which is underway.

Evjue also noted that preparations were underway for a major conference for Progressives, in that article.  As the newly modernized magazine gets ready for publication in print and in a new digital format, staffers are preparing for the annual national "chautauqua" known as Fighting Bob Fest -- which Ed Garvey created and named in tribute to Fighting Bob La Follette, the founder of The Progressive -- which the Progressive Inc. will be managing at the Baraboo Fairgrounds on September 13th in Wisconsin. Confirmed speakers include journalist Chris Hedges, candidate for governor Mary Burke, Chicago Teachers' Union head Karen Lewis, and the always entertaining Jim Hightower, who performed the wedding of CMD and the Progressive earlier this year. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Bernie Sanders have been invited, and we are confident they will keynote the event. 

More information about attending Fighting Bob Fest is available here

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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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