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By Contributor on February 22, 2006

It's not unusual to hear the word "race" during the Olympic Games. But the term has taken on a particular sharp edge during the 2006 Winter Games.

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By Contributor on February 22, 2006

Blogressive February 22, 2006

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By Contributor on February 21, 2006

Blogressive February 21, 2006

White House chooses to emphasize the "oversight" in the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

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By Contributor on February 21, 2006

The Nation recently announced our position with regard to upcoming elections: "We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign."

We concluded: If not now, when? If not you, who? I turn to you, readers of The Progressive, because I believe you will agree with  this moral stance. I hope you will consider a free mini-subscription.

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By Contributor on February 15, 2006

Novelist Toni Morrison turns 75 on Feb. 18, and the nation -- as well as the world -- ought to take note of this American literary giant.

Perhaps no other U.S. writer has explored the issues of racism, sexism and class in American society so honestly and so beautifully as this Nobel laureate has. As the New York Review of Books declared years ago, Toni Morrison is "the closest thing the country has to a national writer."

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By Contributor on February 15, 2006

America's business and political leaders constantly argue that, in a free-market system, the consumer is king. And they also declare that democracy, where the people rule, is the best form of government.

So why is the U.S. government cheering its recent victory at the World Trade Organization in a case that tramples the sovereignty of the people as both citizens and consumers?

The dispute started in 2003, when the United States, with support from Argentina and Canada, accused the European Union of illegally blocking sales of genetically engineered agricultural products.

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By Contributor on February 14, 2006

Blogressive February 14, 2006

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself."

A real hunter knows that yelling "Duck!" on a duck hunt isn't a good strategy. But then Vice President Dick Cheney isn't a real sportsman. Purchasing a Butterball at the Piggly Wiggly is more challenging than one of his "hunts." His fondness for canned hunting would make Davy Crocket's stomach turn:

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By Contributor on February 14, 2006

When the right-wing Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, it did so with its eyes wide open.

While many people defend that decision by citing the cardinal virtue of freedom of the press, this decision bordered on incitement as it deliberately provoked Muslims. A picture of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb for a turban is poor satire, maligning not a contemporary political figure but the faith of 1.2 billion people, and it sows the seeds of hatred and division.

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By Contributor on February 08, 2006

As a physician, I'm troubled by our nation's health care costs.

They have hit the $1.9 trillion mark and now consume 16 percent of the gross domestic product. That translates into a whopping $6,280 per person.

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By Contributor on February 08, 2006

Real wages continue to fall as President Bush touts a "healthy and vigorous" economy. During the annual State of the Union address, he even declared that the U.S. economy was "the envy of the world."

Yet despite economic growth, most American workers saw wages and compensation fall behind inflation, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute. And those at the bottom were hit hardest.

While the overall economy may show growth, real wages -- wages that have been adjusted for inflation -- have actually fallen since 2001, according to The New Yorker.

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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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