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By Contributor on August 17, 2014

There can be no real solution for Gaza without a real solution for Palestine.

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By Contributor on August 15, 2014

At the recent ALEC convention, the ties between the group and the anti-choice movement were there for all to see.

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By Contributor on August 14, 2014

The slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, is just the latest example of why we fear the police.

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By Contributor on August 11, 2014

Ebola is a symptom of colonialism, isolation, and poverty. The cure is sustainable development.

By Contributor on August 11, 2014

An estimated 700 people attended a free clinic at Alliant Energy Center on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin.

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By Contributor on August 08, 2014

Hamas held its own against one of the mightiest armies in the world. Israel needs to get over its paranoia.

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By Contributor on August 07, 2014

This is a pivotal moment: either the United States will retain its democratic foundation or it will devolve into an oligarchy where a handful of billionaires have almost absolute control.

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By Contributor on August 07, 2014

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and North Dakota Senator George McGovern stood against the Vietnam War from the outset.

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By Contributor on August 06, 2014

As thousands of children seek refuge in the United States from horrific conditions in Mexico and Central America that this country helped create, the response here has ranged from compassion to apathy to unbridled hatred.

I refuse to use the term "illegals." It is beyond me to classify another human being as an outlaw for wanting to stay alive. 

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By Contributor on August 04, 2014

Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor shares more insights from the ALEC conference in Dallas, Texas.

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Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.

On November 20 every year for the last fifteen years, transgender people gather for vigil ceremonies to acknowledge...

Yesterday the U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would approve construction on the Keystone XL pipeline.

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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