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Ruth Conniff looks at those elusive feminists who support John McCain.

Matthew Rothschild reveals that Bush now wants your irises.

Dave Zirin gets to the bottom of the Big Brown scandal.

Michael Feldman leaks a personal White House memo.

Eduardo Galeano lauds the rights of nature.

[[:mag/hobart0808.html|One Teacher's Cry]] by Susan J. Hobart
Because of No Child Left Behind, I'm not the teacher I used to be.

[[:mag/aaron0808.html|The Promise of Municipal Broadband]] by Craig Aaron
It's far too early to start the funeral arrangements for public Wi-Fi systems.

Peonage in New Orleans by Christine Van Dusen
Hundreds of guestworkers from India allege fraud and gross mistreatment.

Poem J. R. Solonche

Kimberly Peirce by Vince Beiser
"I didn't set out to be a political activist," says the director of Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss. "I'm just a human being who's moved by certain things, and if certain things break my heart, I set out to fix them."

Will Durst is really not looking forward to the conventions.

Books John Scagliotti reviews The Family, by Jeff Sharlet.

Jim Hightower [[:mag_high0808.html|unmasks the culprits behind high gas prices]].


Forty years ago the UN General Assembly passed a resolution against "hostile environmental modification techniques...

The beauty and the tragedy of everyday life in a war zone.

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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