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EGYPT: The Afterglow Has Faded

Sharif Abdel Kouddous | "The military is just another face of Mubarak."

Saudi Arabia: "As a Feminist, I'm on the Front Line" Wajeha Al-Huwaider
Why more women are breaking the fear barrier.

Syria: "You Can't Believe the Violence"

Reese Erlich | The big question remains: Will the Syrian people blame the Assad government or the protesters for the country’s problems?

Libya: "Qaddafi Gave Us No Choice" Anjali Kamat

An electrifying mix of hope and fearlessness drove the popular revolt.

Israel: A Split in the Protest Movement Uri Avnery
Daphni wants to overthrow the establishment. Itzik wants to work within it.

Japan: Finally, No to Nuclear Power Akira Tashiro In the wake of Fukushima, millions are no longer falling for "the peaceful atom."

South Korea: The Shipyard Stalwart Kap Su Seol
One woman takes a stand and rallies workers behind her.

Chile: The Students Can't Be Ignored Eloy Fisher and Mary Rose
Kubal

The demand for free higher education challenges Pinochet's old system.

Greece: Turmoil Ahead Costas Lapavitsas
The mass struggles of the last few months are a ray of hope.

Interview

Gene Sharp

Amitabh Pal
"The old preconceptions about nonviolent struggle are no
longer valid."

Interview

Naomi Klein

Christopher D. Cook | "I've never seen anything like the Occupy Wall Street movement in my life," says the author of The Shock Doctrine.

The Guys in the 1 Percent Brought This On Barbara Ehrenreich
Finally, (almost) the entire country has come together.

Upholding the Big Dream Luis J. Rodríguez
This isn't about money. It's about our imaginations and capacities.

Interview

A Progressive Interview with Tom Morello

Ed Rampell | "There's never been a successful progressive, radical, or revolutionary movement in this country that hasn't had a great soundtrack."


Blocking the Pipeline Bill McKibben
We need to stop one of the worst ideas in a generation.

Our Members Know How to Fight Edward A. Sadlowski
See how three unionists in Wisconsin took on Scott Walker.

Paid Sick Leave Is a Winning Issue Ellen Bravo
From Connecticut to Seattle, we're scoring victories.

Interview

Lucas Benitez Elizabeth DiNovella
"A just and liberated society will happen when the public in general becomes conscious of not just being compulsive consumers, but rather responsible consumers," says the union organizer.
Culture

Dave Zirin escorts John Carlos to a hero's welcome in Zuccotti
Park.

Poem Truth Thomas

Will Durst warns banks to keep their grubby hands off his money.

Our Favorite Books of 2011

Jim Hightower tells the mainstream media to get a clue.

Index Ina Lukas

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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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