Oct. 7, 2013

MADISON, WI--The Progressive is pleased to announce that we have hired Stephen C. Webster, the longtime senior editor of The Raw Story, to oversee the reimagining and redevelopment of our website, progressive.org.

Currently under development, the new progressive.org will update on a rapid-fire basis, constantly emphasizing stories based upon importance instead of popularity. Be it Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union chicanery in Wisconsin, the tea party's anti-American treachery in D.C., or the anti-choice crowd's war on women, progressive.org will be there to serve as a bridge to the national media for all those who work tirelessly in hopes of creating a better tomorrow.

"We intend to make progressive.org into the premier news, opinion and multimedia destination for smart individuals who are sick of all the context-free reporting, celebrity gossip and pointless fluff pushed by today's most popular online outlets," Webster said. "We're putting the fake liberal media on notice as of now and bringing the weight of history with us into the online arena."

"Stephen brings tremendous new energy and talent to our 100-year-old magazine," explained The Progressive's Executive Editor, Ruth Conniff. "We are really excited about his plans to turn our web site into a hub for writers and activists across the country."

"Watch out for The Progressive!" publisher Matthew Rothschild added. "With the hiring of Stephen Webster, The Progressive is elbowing its way into the online conversation as never before. He's one of the rising stars of electronic journalism, and we're delighted to have him."

"With web guy Webster, The Progressive will have a fiery voice in America's online conversation," Progressive board member and legendary populist writer Jim Hightower said.

The Progressive, founded in 1909 by Sen. Robert ("Fighting Bob") La Follette, is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Over the years, it has featured the writings of James Baldwin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Orwell, Sen. Paul Wellstone, Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Russ Feingold, Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Molly Ivins and hundreds of others. For more, visit progressive.org or follow @TheProgressive on Twitter.

Media contact: Editor Ruth Conniff, (608) 257-4626.



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Trump's politics are not the problem.

The fiery Milwaukee Sheriff is on the shortlist to head the Department of Homeland Security.

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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